First post, by dicky96
Hi guys I mentioned on another thread that a friend was giving me two old PCs that were in his garage and destined for the dump. I thought they were two old PCs I sold him back in the 90s but only one of them is.
The other one is the first I am looking at, The spec is as follows (according to the BIOS and having a look inside the case)
Mobo Gigabyte GA-5AX
AMD K6-2 450
SiS 6326 SVGA
Soundblster Awe 32 CT3780
Cretive 48x CDROM
10Mbit BNC PCI LAN card and a 100Mbit? RJ45 ISA Lan Card
Midi Tower case? 4x 3.5" bays
OK so being cautious forst thing I did was diconnect the PSU from the motherboard and forced it to boot by linking the pins on the ATX connector with just HDD and CDROM connected. I could here the HDD spin up so then connectred the mobo and booted up. All went fine and it booted up to Win98. And I almost shat myself when I got this very loud thunderclap sound from the speakers!!!! I forgot soundblaster cards used to do that!
So i was quite pleased with what I have here. I had a look around in win98 and everything looked good. The I powered off and I had noticed the IDE cable wasn't attached to the CDROM so I connected that and booted back up. But it would not POST. SO then I powered down and disconnected the CDROM IDE - but it still wouldn't POST. And now I can't get it to POST even with all drives disconnected and only the SVGA card fitted 🙁
I tried removing some of the DIMMs and fitting just one - but then I noticed that there were two PC100 128Mb SDRAM and a PC133 256Mb SDRAM. But when it did boot into Win98 it wa sreporting 128Mb RAM. Strange.
Anyway I can't see how connecting the CDROM IDE cable can stop the system POSTing? Any suggestions guys?
Ohh here are some pics.
OK so first