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Reply 20 of 36, by luckybob

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Holding out on me, eh? ^.^

A bios update will "usually" allow a motherboard to accept all speeds of xeons. Afaik there isn't much you can do if the latest bios does not work.

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Reply 21 of 36, by red-ray

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red-ray wrote on 2020-06-07, 22:56:

With the MS-6135 there are VER1 and VER2 boards and I have a VER1 board with BIOS 62710 07/15/97 A6135MS V1.4 01/28/99 which AFAIK is the latest. The system currently has 2 x Intel Pentium II Xeon (Drake) 450MHz @ SL33U 1MB L2 cache 2.0 volt CPUs.

I just found 2 x Intel Pentium III Xeon (Cascades) 700MHz @ SL49P 2.8 volt 1MB L2 cache CPUs and am wondering if there is any chance I can get them to work in my MS-6135 VER1. I tried plugging them in, but the system failed to post.

I just spotted that the version and date information reported by the SMBIOS is rather strange so did some checking and basically it's incorrect.

I adjusted SIV to compensate for this and as from SIV V5.49 Beta-07 it reports the same BIOS version and date as is displayed when the system posts for my VER1 board.

If you have an MS-6135 VER2 board please will you check what get's reported in case I need to further adjust SIV?

I also tried the 2 x Intel Pentium III Xeon again and my post card is reporting 2A FF. Looking at http://www.bioscentral.com/postcodes/amibios.htm then the 2A may be 8742 keyboard tested, but does not mention FF

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Reply 22 of 36, by GL1zdA

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The last time I tried it was nearly 20 years ago, but I would start with checking, whether the BIOS has the required microcode for your CPU. If not, you should add it and flash the board with such modded bios. I think I've use cbrom to do it, this looks like a guide: http://mrufer.ch/pc/tualatin4_e.html

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Reply 23 of 36, by red-ray

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Thank you for the suggestion, but I don't think it's getting as far as loading the CPU µCode and I know my Compaq W8000 does not have the µCode for it's Intel Xeon MP (Gallatin) 2.70GHz [C0] SL79Z CPUs (it whinges saying this) and still posts OK so don't think this will help.

Looking further the Intel (Cascades) [B0] revision 1 µCode is dated 2000-06-16 so there is no way the 01/28/99 BIOS can have it.

I just checked and Windows 2003 has the Xeon (Cascades) µCode so should load it even if the BIOS does not.

Reply 24 of 36, by tegrady

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Hi. I just bought two 1ghz Pentium III Xeon Slot 2 CPU's. Now I need a motherboard that can handle them. I did some googling, but wasn't able to find a clear list of motherboards that support these CPU's. Can someone give me a list of motherboards that will work? Thanks.

Reply 25 of 36, by chrismeyer6

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tegrady wrote on 2020-11-05, 01:47:

Hi. I just bought two 1ghz Pentium III Xeon Slot 2 CPU's. Now I need a motherboard that can handle them. I did some googling, but wasn't able to find a clear list of motherboards that support these CPU's. Can someone give me a list of motherboards that will work? Thanks.

Not much of list but this could be a fun one.
https://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboa … P3/HE/S2QR6.cfm

Reply 26 of 36, by luckybob

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I have one of those, thanks to red-ray. I just recently got 16gb of ram and 4x 900mhz cpu's for it. I'm just looking for a case for it.

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Reply 27 of 36, by H3nrik V!

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luckybob wrote on 2020-11-05, 06:35:

I have one of those, thanks to red-ray. I just recently got 16gb of ram and 4x 900mhz cpu's for it. I'm just looking for a case for it.

Pictures, pretty please! 😀

Please use the "quote" option if asking questions to what I write - it will really up the chances of me noticing 😀

Reply 28 of 36, by red-ray

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H3nrik V! wrote on 2020-11-05, 08:13:
luckybob wrote on 2020-11-05, 06:35:

I have one of those, thanks to red-ray. I just recently got 16gb of ram and 4x 900mhz cpu's for it. I'm just looking for a case for it.

Pictures, pretty please! 😀

GIYF

Reply 30 of 36, by Cyberdyne

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I have a 900MHz 2MB Slot2 Xeon, just got one from somekind of large IBM server awhileago. Allways wondered, can it be used for something without paying an arm and a leg, but reading this, it is better just hold on to it or try to sell it.

I am aroused about any X86 motherboard that has full functional ISA slot. I think i have problem. Not really into that original (Turbo) XT,286,386 and CGA/EGA stuff. So just a DOS nut.

Reply 31 of 36, by H3nrik V!

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red-ray wrote on 2020-11-05, 08:46:
H3nrik V! wrote on 2020-11-05, 08:13:
luckybob wrote on 2020-11-05, 06:35:

I have one of those, thanks to red-ray. I just recently got 16gb of ram and 4x 900mhz cpu's for it. I'm just looking for a case for it.

Pictures, pretty please! 😀

GIYF

VERY yummy! 😜

Are there 6 VRMs?

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Reply 33 of 36, by red-ray

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chrismeyer6 wrote on 2020-11-05, 13:51:

ram wise would make a seriously awesome windows 2000 server system

AFAIK W2K Advanced Server is limited to 8GB and to support 16GB you would need Datacentre Sever which was not included with MSDN.

I expect 2003 Enterprise Server would be a far better option as it supports 32GB and is in general much better than 2000.

Reply 34 of 36, by luckybob

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chrismeyer6 wrote on 2020-11-05, 13:22:

Man that board is a thing of beauty. I have two dual slot 1 supermicro motherboards. Bob have you tried using the system yet?

I did recently give it a smoke test, when I got the ram from ebay.

http://imgur.com/a/Z2Qg1bv

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Reply 35 of 36, by chrismeyer6

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red-ray wrote on 2020-11-05, 14:57:
chrismeyer6 wrote on 2020-11-05, 13:51:

ram wise would make a seriously awesome windows 2000 server system

AFAIK W2K Advanced Server is limited to 8GB and to support 16GB you would need Datacentre Sever which was not included with MSDN.

I expect 2003 Enterprise Server would be a far better option as it supports 32GB and is in general much better than 2000.

Yes you are absolutely right I forgot about ram limitations of 2000. 2003 would work better

Reply 36 of 36, by chrismeyer6

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luckybob wrote on 2020-11-05, 15:17:
chrismeyer6 wrote on 2020-11-05, 13:22:

Man that board is a thing of beauty. I have two dual slot 1 supermicro motherboards. Bob have you tried using the system yet?

I did recently give it a smoke test, when I got the ram from ebay.

http://imgur.com/a/Z2Qg1bv

Excellent! That is just super sexy looking. I hope you can find a suitable case for it.