Re: Need Award Modular Bios v4.51PG upgrade =i430vx-10031996c-00

Re: Need Award Modular Bios v4.51PG upgrade =i430vx-10031996c-00


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Posted by Eddy on October 04, 2001 at 23:56:11:

In Reply to: Re: Need Award Modular Bios v4.51PG upgrade =i430vx-10031996c-00 posted by Henry on July 02, 2001 at 23:00:44:

: : I want to know if i can upgrade my computer.
: : Processor Type: 80486DX
: : System BUS Type: ISA
: : BIOS name: Award
: : bios date: 10/18/96
: : BIOS Version: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
: : i430vx-10031996c-00

: : Any information would be very helpful.
: : And in terms I could understand. Thanks
:
:
: There are usually lots of things that can be done to upgrade a PC, but the benefits depend a lot on your needs - what you are trying to accomplish. Available upgrades are likely to be scarce and some dealers may ask "collector" prices for them.

: If you are running a DX/33 or DX2/66 CPU you could probably plug an Intel DX4/100 OVERDRIVE processor in without changing any jumper settings (CONFIRM THIS BEFORE you try it). Intel made a Pentium Overdrive processor (visit: http://www.pcsurplusonline.com) that you could probably use if you could figure out what the jumper settings should be - expect about P60+/- performance from P83 ODP.

: You can probably add more memory - check your mainboard specs for kind and size sticks you can use. There is probably a fairly low limit on maximum memory you can use. Any benefit from extra memory will depend on the OS and what you are doing (a big ramdisk can speed up response if you can get the entire app loaded in the ramdisk - but it is volatile - power loss erases it completely). Recent windows versions require lots of memory and lots of disk space - DOS 6.22 and win3.1 or 3.11 will probably be a better fit for your 486 resources.

: You are very likely have limited HDD capacity, probably 0.5GB to 2 GB per drive and BIOS update probably is not available. SIIG, DTK and possibly others make ISA IDE controllers that recognize up to 8.4GB or more. Getting hard to find new HDD <10GB so you may end up wasting the space you can't access - or get a surplus HDD.

: You can probably add a CD-R or CD-RW; the drivers would probably find it even if the BIOS can't.

: Hope this helps.




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