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First post, by ReeseRiverson

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Well, sometimes it seems difficult to identify a motherboard, so maybe someone can help me out here! This is one of the few boards that don't seem to have numbers that pull anything up with a Google search. What one result came was about a modern-ish server board, but that didn't have any relevance to what I do have. So here are a couple of pictures.

It's missing the BIOS chip, which I believe stopped working on me at one point since it just stopped working. A 386SX BIOS did get it to boot, and I tested this a long time ago, but I never did toss the board. I'm hoping to find information and possibly a BIOS file to give to keropi to try to revive this thing! 😀

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Reply 1 of 14, by nekurahoka

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The 94-v part appears to be a UL rating, beyond that I'm stumped too. I also searched for the B82L07-A bit to no avail. My first instinct was that it's another unlabeled pcchips board, but I have no evidence to support that.

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Reply 2 of 14, by ReeseRiverson

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nekurahoka wrote:

The 94-v part appears to be a UL rating, beyond that I'm stumped too. I also searched for the B82L07-A bit to no avail. My first instinct was that it's another unlabeled pcchips board, but I have no evidence to support that.

Hmm... I just removed the white sticker. Because I recall another board I had, had some numbers under it.

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Which, led me to another forum which led to this!

http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/motherboards/F/FI … tml#.VJN__l4AAA

But I wonder if there's anywhere I can obtain the BIOS at.

Reply 3 of 14, by nekurahoka

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http://www.manualslib.com/manual/734956/Fic-486-Jal.html
Manual?

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Dell GH192, P4 3.4 (Northwood), 4GB Dual Channel DDR, ATI Radeon x1650PRO 512MB, Audigy 2ZS, Alacritech 2000 Network Accelerator

Reply 5 of 14, by nekurahoka

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Yep, you're right. The fic ftp site also doesn't have a bios listed for a 486-j. It probably wasn't flashable. Sorry I couldn't be better help, the research was fun though.

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Reply 6 of 14, by ReeseRiverson

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nekurahoka wrote:

Yep, you're right. The fic ftp site also doesn't have a bios listed for a 486-j. It probably wasn't flashable. Sorry I couldn't be better help, the research was fun though.

It's alright, thank you for trying though! 😀

Reply 8 of 14, by waterbeesje

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Sorry for re-necroposting.

Recently I got this FIC 486-J motherboard. It was failing to not due to the empty Dallas, but that's fixed now.
I put on 8x 1MB ram. It seems totally stable and works as expected, even with the ISA bus at 10MHz. Actually a little faster than I expected without L2: about half the speed of an Asus ISA-486V2, DX/2-66 with 256kB cache and 8MB ram.

3D bench 1.0c
Tseng ET4000AX: 13,4
Oak oti077: 12,4
Chips 451: 9,5

It has the AMI BIOS chip still on it and I could look into extracting the image. Only one problem: how do I do that?

Stuck at 10MHz...

Reply 9 of 14, by computerguy08

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waterbeesje wrote on 2021-02-17, 09:17:

It has the AMI BIOS chip still on it and I could look into extracting the image. Only one problem: how do I do that?

Give GETROM a try, it's a DOS utility used to extract BIOS images.
http://cd.textfiles.com/microhaus/mhblackbox3 … MORY/GETROM.ZIP

If you obtain the BIOS image, let me know, so I can add it on uh19.
http://www.win3x.org/uh19/motherboard/show/2383

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Reply 11 of 14, by waterbeesje

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Got it 😀

64kB of what looks to me like character rubbish 😜

the program works perfectly.

I've also extracted some strings out of the file.

Attachments

  • Filename
    FIC 486-J BIOS.7z
    File size
    38.49 KiB
    Downloads
    7 downloads
    File license
    Fair use/fair dealing exception

Stuck at 10MHz...

Reply 13 of 14, by computerguy08

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waterbeesje wrote on 2021-02-17, 22:34:
Got it :) […]
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Got it 😀

64kB of what looks to me like character rubbish 😜

the program works perfectly.

I've also extracted some strings out of the file.

Thank you, added it to UH19.

X0-0100-001121-00101111-021993-VIA , this is 100% an FIC board.

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