| Thanks for the info.
| It's my father in law's board and I need to bring his computer further
| into the 21st century!
| It's running a celeron at the moment, I understand I can improve
| performance by replacing this with a Pentium III up to 1 GHz? Is it
| just that the Pentium has extra cache on the die?
| The ram has confused me some sites say 768Mb others say 1.5Gb. I
| daresay 512Mb will be sufficient anyway (only 128mb at the moment).
| I had read a bios flash was needed for large disks but had not
| realised that even then, it's only up to 137Gb but this should be more
| than enough for his needs (occasional word processing, email, and
| internet browsing).
| Thanks again.
Hi Sam -
Happy to pass the information along.
One thing to check out before embarking on any further upgrading of this
system: The VL6 was from the era when all motherboard manufacturers suffered
from the dreaded bad caps (due to a faulty electrolyte formula). Check all
the caps, especially those around the CPU. Any that are domed or leaking
reddish-brown goo are gone bad and will require replacement.
for more information on this.
The board will probably do 1.5GB. The limitation in the motherboard manual
is probably due to the what was on the market when the board was released.
Rooting around VIA's archive pages (see
) I see that the
VIA Apollo Pro 133 Chipset supports up to 1.5GB of SDRAM. I doubt that Abit
changed this limitation with their implementation.
The Celeron of that era is a neutered Pentium III with half the Level 2
cache. This is the reason for the significant performance gain with the
Pentium III over the Celeron.
You will definitely be limited to 137GB on the onboard IDE ports without
using overlay software (check drive manufacturer websites to see if this is
still available... I'm not gonna do all your homework). You'll also be
limited to UDMA66 performance. The easiest way around this would be to use
an add-on PCI card with support for UDMA100 or UDMA133 and 48-bit LBA, to
get you past the 137GB barrier. If you're looking for a "new" drive smaller
than 137GB, you'll find that your best bet would be some place like eBay, as
nobody makes desktop drives that small anymore. For that matter, PATA
drives are starting to disappear in favor of SATA. If you go for an add-on
card, you'll also need an OS that supports 48-bit LBA (Windows 2000/SP4 or
later or Windows XP/SP1 or later). Windows 98/98SE/ME all are limited to
partitions no larger than 137GB (with a lot of tweaks out there to "break"
this limit that aren't supported by Microsoft).
Jef >> Stay informed about: Abit VL6 socket 370 board