Reply 23800 of 25405, by ChrisK
BitWrangler wrote on 2023-02-21, 15:46:
Awesome work, there's quite a few of these cards around cheap because the cables are unobtanium. […]ChrisK wrote on 2023-02-21, 12:04:
Made a display out cable for a AiW 9600Pro that came without that super special all-in-one-with-non-standard-connector-cable. It […]
Made a display out cable for a AiW 9600Pro that came without that super special all-in-one-with-non-standard-connector-cable.
It's not finished yet (still needs a case), but I'm finally able to connect up to two monitors to get at least any picture out of that card. Not sure if it's worth the effort but I couldn't dispose an otherwise known good card.
Unfortunately I couldn't get this to work, yet, with Win XP on my K7SEM testboard with any driver I tested (Catalyst 6.2, 6.7, 10.2 and 10.4).
Not sure if it's something board/chipset related that prevents this combination to work together. As soon as the system is booted to desktop it stops responding after some secs.
Standard Windows VGA driver seems to be working ok though.
I've read about some AGP incompatibilities of this board but due to my lack of experience with Socket A as well as older Radeons it is just try and error for me.
Maybe there are some suggestions around...
Awesome work, there's quite a few of these cards around cheap because the cables are unobtanium.
K7SEM tho... not a great board as you might have figured by now, all of the ones I've seen have had advanced cap rot. Even when those are replaced I think it might be short on AGP power, since it's a cheap design that was done a couple of years before 9x00 series. There's gonna be limited historical experience to guide you I fear, the kind of systems that got K7SEM got MX400s or other low spec cards, probably one of those and a spitfire core duron would be something of a classic combo on it. So not sure how much here is gonna be fighting the board vs fighting the GPU.
Anyway, looking forward to when you post the cable pinout and share any details about where you can get that goofy connector from.
Yes I know it's more lower end but it is the only board I can use as a testbench atm. I've already recapped it and it did run ok with most graphic cards I throw at it. The last must have been a GF4 Ti4200 AGP4x.
I think the reason lies somewhere in the AGP support. The SiS chipset only supports x4 (even the board's manual says it only suppports nvidia AGP x4 cards, whatever the reason is) and the 9600Pro is an x8 card.
I know the 9600Pro works as I had it in some board when figuring out the pinout of the vid-out connector. I just can't remember which one it was.