First post, by Chadti99
I skipped from ISA to PCI back in the day and always been curious to try VLB. A couple weeks back I finally came across an Asus GX4 for an okay price and started searching for the parts I needed to get a new build going.
Build so far:
Asus 486sv2gx4 v2.1 Motherboard
Kingston Turbochip 133 clocked at 160
32MB FPM Single Stick
Cirrus Logic CLVGA5429 VLB Video Card
Promise 2300 Plus IO EIDE VLB controller
Sounds Blaster AWE32 (seems fitting given the two other long bois)
SD2IDE adapter for storage
28 pin EEPROM
PS2 Mouse Header
1024k cache modules
Decided to go with the TurboChip for now because I’m stuck with an older bios and seem to be getting better performance for whatever reason using this over a straight 5x86. I’ve also been meaning to test the part and decided now was a good time.
For the video card, I went with the most cost effective VLB card I could find to just make sure the board posted. I’d really like one of the proven faster cards but it will take some time for one to pop up at a decent price. I hear the Cirrus Logic has great compatibility so that was also a driving factor.
When I first tried firing this thing up, I couldn’t get it to post. I swapped CPU’s, memory, CMOS battery, changed jumpers, cleaned and re-seated the video card multiple times. I thought for sure I had a dead board, but finally she posted, no idea what finally did it 🤣.
I’ve got 0ws on the VL Bus configured and what I believe to be the fastest Bios settings based on info from other threads.
This is how she sits right now, sans sound card, with a few benchmarks.
Def looking forward to getting this working with L1 in write back mode and a trying a faster VLB card.