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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-05-21 8:35 PM
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Yes, but my question was so we can find out what the BIOS update history changed.

As for the memory, yes, it would appear so.
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NarakuITA Page Icon Posted 2022-05-22 2:10 PM
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The BIOS version now marks the last one, that of the year 99, I used to have that of the 96.

Perfect now I will take 4 x 32MB - 72p SIMM, 5v, EDO and 1 x 32MB - 168p DIMM, 5v, EDO!

I'm going to get an IDE to CF adapter now, however I don't know which one to get, as I read that there are 40 pin adapters and some 50 pin ones! Which will be the right one? How many PINs must there be?
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-05-22 2:46 PM
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The year doesn't help me to help you identify the changelog and thus whether any modifications were made to the LBA address range. I'm trying to help you here

I believe that 50-pin are SCSI cables. OG IDE should be 40. The smartest thing you can do it pull the cable from your hard drive and match what you need to what you have.
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NarakuITA Page Icon Posted 2022-05-22 3:13 PM
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Ah! Are you intending the changelog of the changes made by the update? Where are? On the floppy?
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-05-22 5:53 PM
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I've said twice now
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... there should be a CHANGES.NEW text file on the floppy that contains the change notes.
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NarakuITA Page Icon Posted 2022-05-22 10:19 PM
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Here is what I found!

 Flash Changes 
                       PC 300 PCI  (65X7) 
 
LVJTxxA is the flash diskette level. 
LVKTxxA is the flash image level. (BIOS) 
 
NOTE: All changes carry forward. That is, if a change is added in 18A, it 
      also in 19A, 20A etc. 
 
First release LVKT/LVJT17A 
 
Changes for LVKT/LVJT18A 
   200MHz setup screen shows processor speed of 198MHz. 
   Some 32MB DIMMs do not function properly. System hangs. 
   DMA 1 not configured correctly.(DMA1 for PP port) Causes print failure 
      under WIN95. 
   Free interrupt 15 if not being used for IDE hardfile. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT19A 
   Minor Bug in Setup Utility (text not erased on cursor down). 
   New Video Feature help has misspelling. 
   Memory detection algorithm changed per Intel. 
   Incorporate new translations for several languages. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT20A 
   1762 error after adding 6X or 8X CDROM Drives. The problem is an error 
      in the chipset on the drive. However, we will change the detection 
      code to get around the chip problem. This only fails on drives with 
      one vendor's chipset. 
   Correct hardware error with Palm token ring adapter. Symptom was that 
      the card would hang on a warm boot. 
   PCI protocol violation with 32 clock retry and ECC (Intel errata). 
   DRAM Cache Refresh during PCI Peer to Peer traffic.(Intel errata). 
   12x10 Asymmetric DRAM Detection error. (Intel errata). 
   Correct problem with ATI video card. Card would not work. 
   Correct system hang problems with 2 2940 Adpatec cards in the system. 
   Correct help messages in non-US languages. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT21A 
   1762 error after adding 6X or 8X CDROM Drives. This corrects a problem 
      that caused the drives to hang when they were attached as a slave, 
      or would also hang a hard disk if it was attached as a slave to one 
      of these drives. This failure occurred with certain combinations 
      CDROM drives and hardfiles. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT22A 
   No Administrative Password prompt when flashing. 
   PnP not disabling Infrared port properly. 
   Win95 Screen Saver standby hangs the system. 
   Screen Noise on Windows 3.11 by moving mouse if hardware power 
      management is disabled. 
   Suspend fails in WINDOWS/95 with certain hardfiles installed. The 
      system spins down the hardfile, appears to go to suspend for 
      approximately 2 seconds, and then spins back up. This only fails 
      with 2 hardfiles on the same controller and then only with some IBM 
      hard  files. It has not been seen with other files. Also, automatic 
      suspend works properly. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT23A 
   Unexpected int 2 halts system. 
   STB video adapters with PCI-PCI bridge don't work on PC 350. 
   PC 350 fails when Installing NT via Remote Install. 
   Diskette errors with system logged on network. Disable Delayed 
      Transactions. 
   Intermittent hangs during print redirects or print screen. 
   Update Readme.1st with instructions for Flash over LAN. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT24A 
   PnP BIOS doesn't enumerate correct memory size. Does not show above 
      16Meg. 
   Setup menu doesn't display Pentium Multi Media eXtension (MMX) support. 
   Turn off bit in register per Intel errata to eliminate possible hang 
      condition. There were no known failures. 
   Setup always shows monitor change. 
   Password prompts are all mixed up. Administrator password prompted for 
      when booting from diskette with only administrator password set. 
      Power on password is accepted for re-flashing the system. 
   Some manufacturers' 8X CD ROMs cause 162, 1762 errors intermittently. 
      This change only affects a very small number of drives. AZTEC and 
      Soundblaster are drives that may show this symptom. 
   CDROM drive tray must be opened before CD can be accessed after 
        power up. This only failed on a few drives, notably the AZTEC. 
 
NOTE next change, the default setting has changed. 
   Win95 bootup screen sometimes has colors corrupted. Changed palette 
      snooping to disabled per Chip manufacturer. NOTE: Palette snooping 
      is now disabled as the default. If using an option card for video 
      you may need to go in SETUP and in the video setup, enable palette 
      snooping.!!!! 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT25A 
   Turn off 2 bits per S3 Errata if palette snooping is enabled. No known 
      failures or symptoms of this change. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT26A 
   Fix missing characters in Japanese version. Palette snooping help 
      text was incorrect. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT27A 
   WinNT4.0 SVGA mode doesn't work with Triple LANStreamer. System stays 
      in VGA mode. 
   Cache line size is incorrect for adapters. This may have caused 
      performance degradation. 
   ARCNET card bypasses security. This allows booting without entering a 
      password. 
   System doesn't resume after Level 3 power management.  This does not 
      allow the system to wake up. 
   RPL & CD in boot sequence hangs. Do not have CD in the boot sequence 
      with RPL card installed in the system. 
   Manufacturing fix for cache testing problems. 
   Release IRQ 12 for adapter use if no mouse attached. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT28A 
   PnP devices are not reset during warm boot. This causes intermittent 
      failures on re-boot under WIN/95 and possibly WIN/NT. Also can 
      cause devices like CDROMs to disappear on a warm boot. 
   SYSTEM may hang if RPL is enabled and a CDROM is in the boot sequence. 
   Several applications fail because the top half of extended registers 
      have residual data left after POST. The problems seen are hangs 
      when booting UNIX operating systems and hangs with Lanworks 
      Bootable RIPL chips installed. We will clear all registers before 
      boot. 
   Keyboard locks up with Visual Basic application that sends multiple 
      keystrokes to the keyboard. 
   Network cards may cause warm boot hangs. This change will disable 
      bus-mastering from network cards to keep the code from getting 
      overlayed by network packets. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT29A 
   Keyboard may hang under customer application because the refresh 
      timer was being stopped. 
   Fixed Horizontal line after warm boot for G50 Display. 
   Added Busmastering Setup/PCI Field for Network Busmastering Cards 
      in the setup/configuration utility. 
   POST causes CDROM hang during shutdown and restart of NT causing 
      a 19xx error. 
   Cannot assign Max Base Address port to PnP card causing an 1852 
      error, with Sound Blaster and Real Magic Maxima Pro Card. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT30A 
   This level is identical to LVJT29A.  Build problems force the BUILD 
      level to change. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT31A 
   Various tools that test how the system will function during the 
      century rollover sometimes send a warning or error that the real 
      time clock is not updated.  Code has been added to change the 
      real time clock immediately instead of next power cycle. 
   Fix for internal debug tool SETUPEXE. 
   Fix for Creative Labs CDROM that is not in the ready state after POST. 
   Fix for Watcom SQL Network requestor hanging when exiting the program. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT32A 
   DBCS: PCI Bus Master message is not translated for Japan. 
   6577 video may show damaged characters with very large fonts. 
   DBCS: LVJ231A.IMG does not have Readme.1st and Changes.new. 
   6587 hangs with triple lanstreamer card installed 
   6560 creative lab cdrom fails as slave 
   6587 Alliance video card hangs system during re-boot 
   ISA Legacy resources were not always checked before assigning 
      resources thus causing resource conflicts with PNP and PCI 
      devices 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT33A 
   Updated FLASH utility to support LCCM flashing over LAN. 
   Corrected code that would cause the system to freeze for 3 seconds at end 
   of this century. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT34A 
   Add support for multiple VGA devices on PCI bus 0. 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT35A 
   APM does not always work with windows 95 
   System hangs with Emulex and Adaptec PCI Fibre Channel adapters 
   IDE Seek command does not use LBA addressing (No known field problems) 
   WIN/98 compatability test fails Int 13h Extensions. 
 
LVKT/LVJT36A:  Not released 
 
CHANGES for LVKT/LVJT37A 
   1. '1762 configuration error' occurs with DynaMO 640AI IDE Magneto-optical 
      disk drive 
   2. Setup: 
        a. Remove 2-digit year field on "Wake on Alarm" option 
        b. Modify date prompt to display YYYY for the year
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NarakuITA Page Icon Posted 2022-05-22 10:27 PM
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But now that I notice the disk is write protected .....
I don't know if you see the changes here ...

Edited by NarakuITA 2022-05-22 10:29 PM
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-05-23 7:48 AM
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Unfortunately, there isn't anything here so I assume there were no fixes to adjust the LBA. Thus with Windows 98, you should be okay up to a 32GB CF card. Over that might be unstable or report as 32GB. Original Windows 95 / NT 4.0 will struggle with anything over 4/8GB until patched. OEM SR2.5 should be fine though.
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Unfortunately, there isn't anything here so I assume there were no fixes to adjust the LBA. Thus with Windows 98, you should be okay up to a 32GB CF card. Over that might be unstable or report as 32GB. Original Windows 95 / NT 4.0 will struggle with anything over 4/8GB until patched. OEM SR2.5 should be fine though.

But keep in mind one thing, that the floppy was protected.
I ran the installation guide.
Once the update program for the floppy was created, I read that it had to be protected, to avoid "modification" by the system.
Also in the guide it was explicitly clarified that if the bios version was the same as the floppy, the program would warn me that it would not make any changes.
However, at the end of the update procedure, the message was clear: Update completed.
You probably don't see anything in the CHANGES.NEW file because the floppy disk was write protected, and therefore, the CHANGES.NEW file remained
unchanged.

As for the IDE to CF adapter, I saw that the hard disk has 40 pin.
I counted 10 pin above and 10 below for a total of 20 pin.

A question about the CPU cache; are system memory?
Because when I start the PC, in the bios loading screen it tells me 640 KB of system memory.





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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-05-23 1:47 PM
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No, the changes.new file was written as part of the image. Not as part of the flash process. It's just a documentation file. Nothing special.

No, the CPU cache is a chip on the motherboard that accelerates the CPU by reducing page calls between the CPU and RAM. You may already have one, I don't know. The BIOS will tell you I expect.
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No, the changes.new file was written as part of the image. Not as part of the flash process. It's just a documentation file. Nothing special.

No, the CPU cache is a chip on the motherboard that accelerates the CPU by reducing page calls between the CPU and RAM. You may already have one, I don't know. The BIOS will tell you I expect.


OK, I went to see the BIOS and in the entry; Capacity of the caches there is indicated 256KB.
Now as indicated in the picture, is the caches the one indicated by the red arrow?
Because if that is a big problem ..... as you can see it is sealed.

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Perfect, you do not need a cache chip then
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C:Amie - 2022-05-23 2:51 PM

Perfect, you do not need a cache chip then

What a pity ... then no cache ..... It is not possible to change them. If I would like to get to 512KB. I should send some money from the computer shop, to have a technician change it. Unfortunately the slot is defective, which is why it was sealed.
Except that it takes 65 euros of manpower ....

Even if I wanted to, by clicking the link you gave me, there are no Caches that they sell for my PC.
The only site would look like this: My Webpage

And I'm not sure if they're right.
but 256KB is okay anyway?

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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-05-23 3:15 PM
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How do you know the slot is defective? You said the BIOS sees all 256KB?
Things like that are usually hot glued to prevent them coming lose in shipping. If you want the 512KB CPU cache, then it certainly won't be a bad upgrade, but going from no cache to 256 is transformative. going from 256 to 512KB is just showing off
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So are you thinking of a
so that you can eject the hard drive? It would seem more useful to me as it would let you swap between Windows 95, 98, 98Lite etc just by swapping cards. Note though that you'll need a 4-pin power feed!
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