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  1. I just got my AGP card. Here is a picture of it. What is the purpose of the 40-pin IDE connection? I looked far and wide online and couldn't get an answer. I am guessing it is used for developers as some sort of diagnostic tool or something? Anyways, the AGP card did not fix my problem. I have the same 1-2 beep code, followed by a 2 beep code after the floppy drive grinds for a second. Of course I noted the jumper position on the card. Time for a new motherboard I guess......
  2. AGP compatibility is more complex than I thought. I found this old site though.
  3. I've been referencing This the whole time. My sealed mobo contents only included a sort of quick reference manual which is more like a TINY guide, not the full documentation... kind of disappointing really. I wasn't implying PCI to be better or worse. I was saying there was a level of uncertainty in regards to my AGP speed. So to avoid any issue due to speed, I just went with PCI.
  4. Aside from my obvious processor FSB screw up/impulsive ebay purchase... I checked compatibility with all the hardware. Matrox and Voodoo's are too expensive and I ruled those out right away. I scored 2 New Rage 128 Pro's (PCI) for cheap. As far as AGP goes my MOBO documentation doesn't actually state the AGP speed. (to add to the confusion this motherboard manual clearly has images of different variants/versions with more features than mine has) Digging on forums from 2000-2002 seems to indicate an AGP speed of 2X, and this was noted down awhile back... and now that I think of it t
  5. I want to clarify my jumper situation. I have one jumper on my board, it's 3 pins. Pin 1-2 = Normal Mode. "BIOS uses current config and passwords for booting" Pin 2-3 = Configure Mode. "After POST runs, Setup starts and displays the Maintenance menu. This menu displays options for setting the processor speed and clearing passwords" (jumper removed) = Recovery Mode. "BIOS recovers data from a recovery diskette" *By "this is a good time to clear the CMOS" I am assuming you mean by replacing the battery? Because if the jumper is in normal position first like you suggest, there
  6. Thanks for the reply. I have two VGA monitors. Both work and can be tested with my laptop. So I'm assuming the bios isn't recognizing the PCI video card. I'll order an AGP card within a day and go from there, maybe an older PCI too who knows...
  7. I have the new processor and floppy drive installed! The previous beep code is alleviated due to the correct FSB speed. There is still no display. The keyboard Num/Caps/Scroll lock lights now respond to input. But I am greeted by a new beep code: 1-2. The description is: "search for option ROMS. One long two short beeps on checksum failure" - so I assume this is some bios/firmware issue. I have 8 DIMMS to play with that are two different types. I tried various DIMM slots with 1 stick at a time with no luck. I also tried switching the mobo jumper from set-up back to normal and back to
  8. Destro, thanks for all your input I really appreciate it. I always had some sort of SoundBlaster 16 as a kid I remember, so I'm hoping it works out for the same games. If not no biggie. I got mine for dirt cheap new. My games list actually includes a lot of windows 95 era games so the system shouldn't be too fast since clock speed dictates game speed to that unplayable level at some point... But at the same time a few of the games require a bit more performance wise to function smoother. Total Annihilation would be one of those "demanding" games I'm thinking of, specifically RAM usa
  9. Upon reading the manual a second time something caught my eye... In the Video Config Menu (BIOS options) The "Default Primary Video Adapter" is set to AGP. You can select PCI but if I have no display I can't really do that lol... so I suppose I need an AGP card in order to see the BIOS options thus enabling me to use PCI or AGP. Should I just pull the trigger on a AGP video card or is there a way to load BIOS options via floppy? (ie editing a file on my modern system, putting it on a floppy, then doing the Boot/BIOS recovery procedure via floppy on my Retro build???) A Pentium II
  10. I was just cleaning up this project from my table(s) and found an insert that I had missed! The insert came with my motherboard and lists Pentium III's from 450-600MHz as supported, but of course with 100MHz bus only... just thought I'd include this find. I'm sure they started throwing in the insert since the official manual only suggests support of Pentium II's up to 450MHz...fast moving technology back in the day.
  11. I found 1 guy with cheap new/unused P.II's actually, just no box. But I wanted the boxes for a 90's shrine...because reasons.
  12. I only paid a bit over $40 for my sealed/new P.III ...so that's not too big a loss. But dang these P.II prices are insane... I'm too deep into this to stop now though.
  13. Thanks for the reply. I just ordered a couple floppy drives. I have yet to flash the BIOS via removing the jumper for recovery mode. I will try that first, whenever they arrive. This mobo has 3 DIMM slots. As far as I can tell via it's documentation it doesn't matter which slots are used or how many. But that's good info to know about the ram not always being back compatible (ie 133 to 100). And yes I tried each stick 1 by 1. They clearly state 100/133 all over them but yeah... I'm totally on board with the 450/100 Processor idea. I was already contemplating this due to old DOS/Win95
  14. The Mission: Build a Windows 98 gaming machine using original boxed and sealed hardware. Everything below is NEW unless specified otherwise. The Build: OS: Windows 98SE Case/PSU: GAUSS SM307M (250w PSU included) Mobo: Intel SE440BX-2 Processor: Slot 1 Pentium III @ 733MHz with 133MHz Bus RAM: PNY 256MB PC100/133 (4 sticks available) Video Card: ATI Rage 128PRO 32MB (PCI) Sound Card: SoundBlaster 16 PCI (CT4810) HDD: Maxtor 15GB 7200RPM (51536H3) Optical: Creative Blaster 52x (MK4108) Monitor: Sony Trinitron CRT (use
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