Other "benefits" this board offers: you can plug a CD-ROM drive in to the secondary IDE port. I'm not too sure how many 486 boards allow that. I was impressed.
Been meaning to do this for a while, setting up a 486.. Today that dream is a reality with the M918i Motherboard... All parts from eBay/Amazon parts - tower case, keyboard, mouse, CRT monitor, 5.25", 3.5", CD-ROM/DVD Rom drive - all black matching "paint" sweet 😀
Reason for my writing; I am trying to add a DVD ROM on the IDE bus. Tried the Primary as Slave, tried Second as master/slave - no luck on two difference IDE DVD ROM drives.
The Bios/auto-detect doesn't see the CD/DVD ROM drive on the bus. Anyone have any tips? I've tried setting the Master/Slave jumpers. When I was 16 to 18 years old, I worked at a computer store, probably assembled a few hundred computers ISA/VLB/PCI 486 and Pentium. It's been so long, can't belive this simple task isn't yielding any good results.
I ordered a "CDROM" from Amazon, they sent me a DVD-ROM by Sony NEC Optiarc Inc (c) 2008. Only other drive I tried was a DVD-ROM CD-R drive by LG (c) 2005. Was looking for an older drive thinking that would help.
Any advice anyone? Any experience with this board and CD-ROM and or DVD-ROM drives? I sought out this motherboard because of this Vogons post. (performance wasn't everything for me - but the CD-ROM comment got my attention) Thank you!