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Intel AL440LX

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First post, by Splinter

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I've had this board kicking around for a while which I've been using for simple bench tests with other components.
Maybe now would be a good time to give it some life back.
The model is E139761.
I've initially set it up with a PII 233/512 three 32Mb dimms, a Trident 3DImage 9750 AGP card and a Compaq 200W psu as it's so silent and robust.
Just have to grab a hard drive and cdrom and we should be fine.
I'll update as I go along.
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Reply 1 of 39, by fillosaurus

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Sound?

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WIP: external midi module based on NEC wavetable (Yamaha clone); VLB 486

Reply 2 of 39, by Splinter

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It's got on board sound (Yamaha OPL3) however I've got a Creative hanging around.

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Reply 5 of 39, by Splinter

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Standard ATX on this PSU. Only drawback being the cables are very short.
I'll do the sound chip in a min.

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Reply 6 of 39, by Hatta

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Splinter wrote:

It's got on board sound (Yamaha OPL3) however I've got a Creative hanging around.

Not only that, but it has onboard GM. The patches aren't as nice as you'd get with a real midi module, but they're a lot better than FM synthesis. It has a real OPL3, like a soundblaster, and the PCM output is cleaner. All around a better option than a Creative card, unless you want to attach a GM board to it.

It's a shame this board doesn't support faster processors. I think it only does 300mhz natively. I'm kind of torn between my HOT-631 which supports faster CPUs and my AL440LX which has GM.

Reply 7 of 39, by Splinter

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I'll stick with the on board sound as I'm not really a sound buff, thus leaving spare PCI slots.
Agreed about the speed. It's only 66 right?
Found a Hitachi 80gb which is a bit overkill and put Win95 (950B) on which I'll probably change to 98se.
I've got all the drivers for this board on a cd somewhere.......................

Reply 8 of 39, by Stull

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Hatta wrote:

Not only that, but it has onboard GM. The patches aren't as nice as you'd get with a real midi module, but they're a lot better than FM synthesis. It has a real OPL3, like a soundblaster, and the PCM output is cleaner. All around a better option than a Creative card, unless you want to attach a GM board to it.

It's a shame this board doesn't support faster processors. I think it only does 300mhz natively. I'm kind of torn between my HOT-631 which supports faster CPUs and my AL440LX which has GM.

I swear that there was a version of the SE440BX that had a similar Yamaha chipset, which would do faster CPUs. I have a SE440BX but it has craptabulous Crystal Audio. 😒

Reply 9 of 39, by fillosaurus

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Crystal... BS... Only 4236 and 4237 offer acceptable FM emulation. 4235 are utter bullshit. This is why I prefer ESS chips. They sound a lot better and some games have native support for ESFM.

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WIP: external midi module based on NEC wavetable (Yamaha clone); VLB 486

Reply 10 of 39, by VictorB

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This board will go upto 333mhz pentium2. And maybe faster celeron chips but not sure. Intel boards just take stock cpu's no overclocking but rocksolid. Don't know if the slot1 to socket370 converters wil work in this board.

Reply 11 of 39, by Splinter

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This is the sound chip
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Reply 12 of 39, by flupke11

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VictorB wrote:

This board will go upto 333mhz pentium2. And maybe faster celeron chips but not sure. Intel boards just take stock cpu's no overclocking but rocksolid. Don't know if the slot1 to socket370 converters wil work in this board.

Any Celeron up to the 533 (not the 533A) should work, without having to worry about voltages. A plain S370 adapter with a cellie on it should give this a good boost. I remember my upgrade from a 233 PII to a 533 Cellie, and it was worth the while (back in May 2000).

Reply 13 of 39, by Splinter

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The drivers for the Trident 9750 3dImage simply wouldn't work so I put in a Legend QDI agp 8Mb card which has a Rendition Verite 2200 chip.
The driver works a treat when you can find it.
I'll put it all in a case eventually.
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Reply 14 of 39, by Gona

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This motherboard is a great collector item, this is the first desktop motherboard with AGP slot. Congratulation! 😀
Here is a great side about this board:
http://home.earthlink.net/~billselk/al440lx/

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Reply 15 of 39, by Splinter

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Great link Gona.
Many thanks.

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Reply 17 of 39, by Gona

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If you hate it so much you should give it to me. 😀
It would be nice for compatibility tests (I have no LX board).
I don't expect big AGP performance from the first AGP motherboard.

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Reply 18 of 39, by Splinter

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Thanks to a customer who was abut to throw out a battered PC, I was able to rescue what hadn't been flattened.
2 x 128 dimms, a Lite on cdrom and a K7 700.
I put the mem in here for now 😀

Correction:
It's a Duron 750 and the mobo works too.
Rather worried that it's a PC Chips as there are no markings.

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Reply 19 of 39, by Splinter

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The Rendition card really struggles with Q2.
Can't see why you hate it though?

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