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Playing lickety split

Emma's got the day off today; Matt and Ben are at work, Tim's in Brisbane, Bev and Adam went with some friends to Rocky for a couple of days. So we have the house to ourselves.

What do we do?


Slippery rang at about 11:30 asking about how to set up an Abit BP6 properly. A few websites, BIOS updates and drivers later, and he was on his way.

I made some pizza things for lunch, they were kinda nice.

You guys are great.


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Jul. 1st, 2001 10:15 pm (UTC)
Graar and stuff. I have salvage in my bedroom, but it doesn't look too good. First of all there's a computer with no CPU. No CPU slot, either. It's a very very strange thing. No idea what it is, but it's an old Osborne, so it's probably stuffed. The other one looks like an older Pentium, but it has a 486 where the Pentium should go, so blah. And I was so looking forward to making a diskless workstation!

*cackle* Actually, I still may be able to. :)
Jul. 1st, 2001 10:36 pm (UTC)
Yike, I have an Abit (BP6 I think)... I hope he doesn't have the one with the VIA chipset, it's trash (especially the sound codec).
Jul. 1st, 2001 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm opposed to onboard audio/video on principle. If there was onboard audio that did hardware mixing, though, and was easily supported by software (specs to write drivers / whatever), I don't think I'd be so hostile toward them.

Actually, I probably would, but you get the idea. Something that has reasonable sound quality and isn't locked by one audio stream would do me fine. I sold my SBLive a long time ago, and I've regretted it ever since. :(
Jul. 2nd, 2001 12:01 am (UTC)
I've owned a BP6 since just after they came out, the chips I currently have in there are 466's oc'ed to 550.

Its actually not a bad combo, still pretty speedy by today's standards.
Jul. 2nd, 2001 12:03 am (UTC)
Ahh so those crap onboard sound things don't work under linux then?

(I assume thats where you were leading)

I don't really like them either, but the onboard video and sound thing make workstations *much* cheaper to buy. Drops the cost down to the sub- $1500 AUD mark, but are way too shonky for a power user to accept.
Jul. 2nd, 2001 01:54 am (UTC)
They do work with things other than Windows, but it's pretty much on a case-by-case basis. But basically any new onboard sound tech is going to be unsupported for a while these days, same as the SBLive! wasn't supported for a long time. :)
Jul. 2nd, 2001 02:25 am (UTC)
It "works", yes. Badly! but if you need an inexpensive workstation, it does the trick, and you can always disable the codecs later.

The biggest problem with that MB was with the USB. I was using a patch until 2.4.3 to get my webcam working reliably (VIA also recently released a Windows driver update that stabilizes the USB).

If he has reliability issues later, I found that disabling the VIA bus mastering helps. (I thought I just had a cranky video card, but it's behaved flawlessly since).
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