Old motherboard BIOS troubles
Oh, lookie here! I have the first message in this forum!
Anyway, my problem is this:
I have a cruddy old socket 7 motherboard running at 200Mhz with 32 MB RAM. I buy myself a Creative 3D Blaster Banshee card to find that after about 10 seconds of gaming, the graphics become garbled. The problem is most likely not heat, and I have not overclocked the card and even tried underclocking it. I wrote to Creative support and they claim that my motherboard is the problem (although Im not too sure about that) and so now I go looking for a motherboard BIOS upgrade. I currently have an award Bios and I went to their site and couldnt find my hardware vendor from the list of codes. I wrote to the Unicore people they mention rather often and they are still to write back (its been like a month). So i went to another site about the award BIOS and it appears that I have an illegal bios installed. My bios code is:
aparently, I have a 430VX motherboard and the correct code should be:
06/21/96-i430VX-2A59G******* for it to be a motherboard of this type. Can anyone suggest anything at all? I am VERY desperate here. I can send you a screenshot of what the 3D graphics look like when they become garbled if that would help.
Yours in desperation,
Look at: http://ping.be/bios
2A59Ht5BC-00: PCCHIPS Manufacturing Limited (Fugutech) M520 or M525 or Elpina -
Amptron PM7900 orMG Microgram (model:??) or PM-8815A VX-PCI Board or ALTON
Aries + or Elpina Topsearch TS-M-8VOC or ASEAGATE VXor Amptron PM-8800 or
Concord COA-520 or Pine PT-7502 or EL-J19 or Eurone EM-5100V or Amptron PM8900
You don't know which one to choose ? Then take this advice: Go to all the
companies websites and compare specs, pictures, manuals with your board. It is
possible that some of the above models are the SAME board but I can't garantuee
you that a BIOS from another brand will work on your board.
These boards are real cheap so you'll have to live with less support then a brand
like e.g. Abit, Shuttle, Asus,...
Here is a little help
[This message has been edited by Bud (edited 01-30-99).]
Anytime there is a problem with something after a given amount of time (like your 10 seconds) then it is usually a hardware problem. Most likely there is a very small loose conection on your video card that opens when it heats up. Try replacing the card.
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