First post, by JamesF36
Hello everyone, just made an account today so I can share my Socket 5 ALR build, so as of now the PC is a ALR Evolution V ST with a Pentium 75Mhz which I'm currently pushing to 100mhz and a Intel 430FX chipset.
First thing I did was order some RAM for it (128mb) which is actually out for delivery today.
It came with a WD Paradise Bahamas 64 Trio GPU on the PCI slot which is interesting, maybe i'll keep that.
It also has a Conner 1GB SCSI drive paired to a Adaptec AHA-2940 PCI SCSI Card (also planned to keep that except for the HDD)
I added in a Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 PCI card (SB-0100, but Windows 95 doesn't seem to recognize it but I'm not planning on keeping W95 on it maybe I will put Windows 2000 or 98SE)
I'm a little bummed out at the fact that for socket 5 i'm kind of limited on the CPU since you know... I can't really properly stick a split voltage CPU in this thing (AFAIK). Well I checked the voltage regulator on this motherboard is a LT1585 which I believe is around 4 amps? So I decided to order a LT1584 which is a 7a 3.3v voltage regulator to upgrade to because I also ordered *drumroll* a Pentium MMX 200Mhz and I'm pretty sure the CPU will handle the overvolt so I'll just upgrade the passive heatsink on the CPU with a beefier one to help + that voltage regulator, I'm praying the actual PCB handles the extra power being taken by the MMX but we will see.. if I burn up the motherboard I'll just find a Socket 7 430FX motherboard to put in, but for now we'll see how it goes. I'd love to put in a K6-233 (3.3v version, just break off the extra pin) but I hear that thing runs extremely hot and is power hungry so I stuck with the good ol' Pentium MMX.
Anyways now the HDD issue, I have these spare Fujitsu 73gb SCSI drives from my old server PC, of course being 80 pin I thought okay let me get a 50 pin to 80 pin adapter so I can run it in the PC - I totally forgot about the termination issue since these 80 pin drives don't have any termination so the SCSI card doesn't detect the drives as of right now, so I ordered an active terminator that'll go on the last connection on the 50 pin ribbon cable.
Also I found a BIOS update (surprisingly) after digging for such a long time I managed to find a BIOS update for the ALR 9670 PCB which is a year newer (august 1996 rather than march 1995), I updated the BIOS and I wish I could say that it changed something but so far same stuff.