First post, by Choux69
Hello all. I am testing a 486 setup based on a PC Chips M912 v1.7 motherboard + 486DX2 + 16Mb RAM. I installed also a VLB Graphic Card (Cirrus Logic 5426) and and 16-bit ISA multi I/O card to which I hooked up a 3.5 floppy and a Quantum HDD.
DOS 6.2 was installed on this HDD using another computer (on a 2GB FAT16 partition) before connecting to the PC Chips MB.
So when I power on the setup things look fine and I can get the c:/ dos prompt. Floppy is accessible, DOS operates properly. But after a certain time (from a few seconds to a couple of minutes) the system suddenly freezes: I can no longer type anything - the screen stays frozen without any warning message of whatsoever: the cursor blinks but the system is completely nonreactive. No other choice than power off.
These are the things I tried without any success to fix the issue:
- Work with one of the 2 RAM chips (one or the other) only
- use other RAM chips
- use another I/O card
- Move video card to another VLB slot
- Move I/O clard to another ISA slot
- Setup BIOS under the preset 'fail free' mode
I am stuck and really can't figure out why the system works fine for a while and then freezes (assuming if there were an issue with any component I could not have a working system for some time at start). Thanks for your suggestions