Reply 20 of 23, by simon_e_hall
Build is all in its new case, rather cramped in there, thinking I will need an additional fan, will get photographs soon.
But what I was expecting to be a pain in the arse was the EISA setup, which worked fairly easy. The DPT PM2022 worked almost straight away for basic functions like floppy drive. However, once the EISA config had it install as expected failed to boot properly due to using a Level IRQ (as expected), but in it's EISA config is an option to use Edge IRQ, and sure enough once Edge IRQ was selected it booted correctly, so no changing the file.
The 3C597-TX 3Com 10/100 Fast Ethernet on the other hand is causing a few issues, so straight away changed the config file IRQ from Level to Edge, system boots, lights activate on the card, set up MS network client in DOS to start getting my files from the NAS to the system. MS network client sees the card and starts, but refuses to get an IP address from the DHCP server or if I set it manually still cannot seem to get on the network, lights all normal on the back of the network card, so not sure what is going on there. So have a bit of trouble shooting to do there.
What I feared the most was the GD5429 card dying as the graphic glitches got worse, which it did. So in my collection is a Diamond Viper SE (with the IBM 525 RAMDAC), didn't want to use this card, but willing to give it a go already got 4mb of RAM on it though.
One cool thing, despite checking the RAM on the motherboard being seated correctly before starting it the first time (see previous pictures showing 64MB), during a clean of the modules contacts discovered they are 16mb modules that came with the board, and after putting them back in, I had a full 128mb or RAM, nice!
Oh, another issue is MS Network Client and/ or DOS is not a fan of using the upper memory on this system, so might have to do some trouble shooting there, maybe that could be causing my network connection issues.
Things still to do, install a CD Drive, trouble shooting a few things, photographs and of course benchmarks!