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Reply 21 of 29, by rmay635703

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darry wrote on 2020-09-03, 05:37:

I wonder if PC Chips ever made video cards or other types of expansion cards . It would have made sense, IMHO .

Yes they did

My guess is many a generic Hi-xxxxx branded ISA multi-io was made in their fabs alongside better known SIS video cards that came from them as well

Also amptron and Elite group were resellers of in some cases unique revisions of their boards

Reply 22 of 29, by jesolo

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Back in the day, my first Pentium PC was a 166 MMX paired with a PC Chips M558 (which had the VX Pro II aka Utron UT801x chipset). I wasn't impressed with the performance of that motherboard, even after I upgraded to a Pentium 233 MMX.
My brother bought a 200 MMX which he paired with a PC Chips M537DMA33 motherboard (which had the VX Pro+ aka VIA Apollo VPX (VT82C580VPX) chipset). That motherboard with its Pentium 200 MMX ran faster than my P233 MMX.

Despite the lackluster performance of the former, neither of the two motherboards gave us any issues. Over the years, I have managed to acquire two PC Chips M537DMA33 motherboards and my plan is to build up a Pentium 233MMX system soon with one of them.

Reply 23 of 29, by SPBHM

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I have a m538 and and a couple of m598LMRs, they all still fully work, and these were always paired with the cheapest possible PSUs
in terms of durability I think they were fine, it's just that... they never had the fastest or bug free experience, well that's more for the 598s, the 538 seems pretty solid and fast for what it is.

perhaps their motherboards from the 2000s were also less durable, the m925 that I have works but the audio, 1 usb and 1 ram slot seem to have issues, also it makes annoying noises under high load since when I got it (2007 or so), but it works, I also have an AG31 which I think works ok it gave me headaches at some point, but I tested it recently and had no issues.

but I don't think they ever targeted the highest quality standards, they were the cheap brand.

actually a 486dx2 that I have also is running with a PCchips I think and it works fine apart from the clock battery.

Reply 24 of 29, by RichB93

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DoutorHouse wrote on 2020-09-02, 12:25:
darry wrote on 2020-09-02, 04:15:
DoutorHouse wrote on 2020-09-02, 03:10:

Just got one of those M550 motherboards and i can't seem to connect anything to the usb ports. After digging around the internet, i found this:

http://th2chips.freeservers.com/m550/index.html#usb

Was wondering if you still have that board and can confirm any problems connecting anything to the usb ports... Thanks!

Unfortunately, the board is long gone and I never tried its USB ports .

Thanks for the quick reply! Yeah, i'm starting to think that's the reason this pc came with a pci usb adapter... Apparently the onboard usb hub is recognized but doesn't seem to work... Oh well...

I've got a 5.6 revision M550 and have the same issue as you - power to the USB device but that's about it - not picking up any devices in Windows. I've noticed a row of caps and resistors above the USB header; maybe there could be incorrect values here?

I was a bit annoyed at first but in all honesty, with 64MB being the optimal amount of RAM for these boards, Windows 95 is ideal, and there isn't much you can do with USB on 95 anyway. I can't think of anything I'd want to connect that's USB.

Reply 27 of 29, by DoutorHouse

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RichB93 wrote on 2020-09-23, 19:21:
DoutorHouse wrote on 2020-09-02, 12:25:
darry wrote on 2020-09-02, 04:15:

Unfortunately, the board is long gone and I never tried its USB ports .

Thanks for the quick reply! Yeah, i'm starting to think that's the reason this pc came with a pci usb adapter... Apparently the onboard usb hub is recognized but doesn't seem to work... Oh well...

I've got a 5.6 revision M550 and have the same issue as you - power to the USB device but that's about it - not picking up any devices in Windows. I've noticed a row of caps and resistors above the USB header; maybe there could be incorrect values here?

I was a bit annoyed at first but in all honesty, with 64MB being the optimal amount of RAM for these boards, Windows 95 is ideal, and there isn't much you can do with USB on 95 anyway. I can't think of anything I'd want to connect that's USB.

Thanks for your information! Yeah, i installed Windows 98SE on my build and everything works great... I have 96megs of ram and an ATI All-In-Wonder 128 PCI card and most games work fine (this card is opengl 1.2 compatible so it can actually play Escape From Monkey Island on OpenGl, which my Voodoo3 can't do so good). USB is still not working but now i'm starting to think maybe there is no irq left for the controller to use, or maybe it would work if i had installed win95 instead... I think i also tried another usb cable (one i had used on another motherboard, an Asus PI-P55T2P4 and worked on its USB header) but none of my pendrives work. On the Asus they work just fine... I think that if usb works fine on my Asus motherboard from around the same time, it should work on the PCChips too...
Like you said, maybe it has to do with the caps and resistors but that's beyond my skills and knowledge...

Reply 28 of 29, by PD2JK

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DoutorHouse wrote on 2020-09-02, 23:37:
PD2JK wrote on 2020-09-02, 20:53:

My Highscreen Pentium 200 MMX has a PC Chips board I think. Going stable at 233MHz after years.
Just my 2 cents.

My PC Chips M550 motherboard has been working since 1998 or so... Never had an issue. First and only problem I had started some days ago, when i decided to finally try the onboard USB connector on Windows 98SE and it didn't detect any devices...

Double checked what motherboard I have, it's a PCPartner with on-board SB Vibra 16. Oh well, rock stable anyway. 😀

Tulip Vision Line DC: 386SX 16 MHz
Highscreen AT: Pentium MMX 200 MHz
AOpen HX45: Athlon (classic) 700 MHz
Highscreen ATX: Athlon (classic) 1 GHz

Reply 29 of 29, by thepirategamerboy12

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I have a Pentium 166MMX machine with a M537DMA33 PC Chips motherboard in it. I've had it for over a year and after patching the BIOS I haven't had a single major issue with it except that for some reason it won't boot unless the optical drive and hard drive are on the same IDE channel. It seems to perform just fine, and I also ran a CPU-Z benchmark on it where it compares almost exactly the same to the P166MMX reference it comes with.