The Tech Page!

of CW Cyrix

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Overhaul time!

You have found the Tech Page. Here is where I show off computers and other devices. Most of them are mine. The devices range from 1998 to 2007 so far. The list is down below.

There are downloads available listed in the Motherboards section. They will be marked with asterisks (*) on each side.
Last Updated pages are marked with tildes (~) on each side, as usual. On ones with downloads, they are on the outside.



Other Devices:

Acer Aspire 2856
The start of it all.
Last Updated: Sunday, July 3, 2016

Cyrix Computer
The next PC. Generic Win9x gaming desktop. The computer resurrection of 2011.
Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014

Dell Inspiron 8100
The first laptop. Also the third home web server setup.

Dell Dimension 8200
The almost forgotten one. Also the fourth home web server setup.
Last Updated: Friday, December 2, 2011

eMachines T1360
The gaming computer turned fifth home web server setup turned FTP server setup turned current music jukebox setup.
Last Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dell Inspiron 1100
The cursed laptop. Also the original home web server setup.

The 7th PC
Generic multiboot retro gaming desktop. The computer resurrection of 2010. Its motherboard was upgraded on 2012/12/24, and its potential is unknown at the moment.
Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014

Dell Optiplex GX1
The experimental computer. Also the second home server setup.

Honorable Mentions
Three Toshiba Satellite M35X-S114 models, one HP Pavilion tx1000 (tx1219us), one Gateway M285, one HP Pavilion dv2700 (dv2911us), one Dell Latitude D620, one Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5136, and one Lenovo, which I forgot the model number.

Epic V2
The computer that replaces the Dell Optiplex GX1 tower desktop.
Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014

The current web server that replaces the unsurprisingly slow eMachines T1360 as the web server. This the v1 Final version of the web server. [Reminder to change this to Tyan Tomcat S2925 AMD board!]
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sol, the Experimental Pentium 4 HT Gaming Computer
A slightly overclocked Pentium 4 HT build that was previously unstable until a hard drive replacement happened. Runs SSF4AE pretty well, too.

Vintage Gaming Computer
Windows 3.x/DOS build that exists to run old 16-bit and DOS games.

PCChips M571 [Rev. 3.2A]
An unusual board. It was part of my childhood computer build, and I revived the system in January 2011.
Last Updated: Thursday, September 30, 2021

A-trend ATC-6240M [Rev. R03]
This board was part of my younger sister's computer build. Bad capacitors plagued this board in 2006, and was fixed in August 2010. It has since been stable. It was revisited in October 2011 due to bad soldering despite its stability, and has since been fixed. Retired 2012/12/24.
Last Updated: Thursday, September 30, 2021

FIC FA15T [Rev. 1.02]
My first ever board purchase on eBay by myself, but not ever in general. Formerly used in a build called EPICV2. See that entry. Board died in 2015. CPU area stopped working, including the fan pinout. [Got the fan working, but board remains dead/dormant - 2017]

Intel SAI2 [Rev. 2.0?]
My first server board purchase. My version was SAI2SCSI, because it came with a SCSI RAID card. This board is part of this web server, called AmiSaphLinux. Retired December 2017 with a newer Tyan S2925 motherboard that uses an AMD CPU.

Asus P4B [Rev. 1.05]
Not my first board purchase, server or desktop, but an interesting board nonetheless. Has overclocking features, among other things.
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Abit SR7-8X [Rev. unknown]
Another board purchase. Was intended to be the gaming board in Sol. However, the previous X1950 Pro with 3GB of DDR confused the BIOS, along with Windows XP being the last OS to work properly with it, made this choice nil.
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Supermicro P3TDLE [Rev. 2.0]
My second server board purchase. This is a somewhat rare to uncommon board, normally costing a few hundred dollars. This board is the current iteration of the second server, called KnuxEmLinux. [This board was sold in 2017. It was similar to the Intel SAI2.]
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BIOSTAR U8798 Pro [Rev. 1.5]
Another board purchase. This particular board is a Pentium 4 board which does support Hyperthreading. However, its max is 3.06GHz. It does overclock, though. [As of June 16, 2013, it is in storage due to retention clip being broken, and am not arsed to replace it. As of April 27, 2014, it is serving as a Freicoin mining machine due to its large amount of USB ports. As of February 27, 2018, it is back in storage and has been since 2005 though on a rare occasion it gets a test run.]
Last Updated: Sunday, December 23, 2018

PCChips M520 [Rev. 1.8]
Another board purchase. It came with other older parts, including a pretty old-school Western Digital 341MB hard drive. Initially had an illegal BIOS, also had no ability to boot from CD-ROM drives. A BIOS upgrade fixed that. [Board is dead/dormant due to hotswap flash failure...]
Last Updated: Friday, August 2, 2013

DFI-Itox GCB60-BX [Rev. B1]
Yet another board purchase, but this time, it was from! Came with a Pentium III 1GHz Coppermine CPU, 256MB RAM, and one ATI Rage XL 8MB AGP video card. Plans to replace the original board from The 7th PC with this board are undecided. A quick test on that board when it arrived determined that it does work. [As of June 16, 2013, it has replaced the A-trend ATC-6240M board; it is in use, and has been since February 2013.]

Leading Edge LE2802 [Rev. unknkown]
An attempt to build a 486 system. This board is more suited for office use for its time rather than gaming, given that this board is happier with 8MB of RAM than 16MB or 32MB of RAM. Also, anything higher than a DX2 CPU would not work properly. There were issues with the CPU socket (four connector pins were bent, two broke off) and required some solder repair. The repair was a success, but as a result, it is mainly a test board.
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FIC PA-2013, 1MB Cache version [Rev. 2.1]
Originally was going to be used in a system running Windows 98SE and Windows 2000. Also lucked out on the revision number, as earlier revisions have serious issues with the AGP slot and certain graphics cards. This board was to use 384MB of RAM, but a specific Infineon set does not work properly with this board. In storage for now. [2014/04/27: Infineon CL2 RAM works with a specific set of settings.]

Abit KD7 [Rev. unknown]
This board is meant to replace Dad's FIC FA15T board. Hadn't even gone to the testing phase yet, so it sits in storage for now when I get to it. [Dad instead uses an Intel board that runs Core 2 CPUs. Currently using a Duo. May get a Q6600 if I bother. Though I may use either this, the Biostar, or the Intel SAI2 for the SCSI setup if need be.]
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Asus P5N-E SLI
The original board that was going to be used for gaming. However, since obtaining a Radeon HD 7770 OC graphics card, it has become useless for now. It is inside a beige computer case. Oddly, it's now part of my 4x 2TB (now 3x 2TB) NAS setup.
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Asus P5QC
The motherboard that is used for cryptocoin mining as of June 16, 2013. Original purpose is for gaming, but the concept is still present. As of July 2016, it serves as a testing bed for Windows 10 Insider (Fast Ring). As of February 2018, it is on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
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Tyan Tiger MPX S2466N-4M
The board used primarily for audio recording. Originally had AMD Athlon MP 1600+ CPUs installed but recently upgraded them to 2800+ CPUs. Very stable board as long as the limitations of this board are known. [Board died due to southbridge failure!]
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Tyan Tomcat S2925/S2925-E (n3400B) [Original revision, Rev. B ZEN]
The [Rev. B ZEN] board currently used for the second version of the AmiSaphLinux server. Originally had an AMD Opteron 1214 Dual Core CPU installed but now uses an AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core CPU. The [original revision] board currently used for a router running OPNSense. Possible timing differences between the two boards may be the reason for three board revisions, as an -E revision exists as well; that board color is blue.

Asus P55T2P4 [Rev. 3.10]
This board is currently used for experimenting with MIDIs, called the MIDI Box. This board was obtained some time ago; when exactly is unknown, as I cannot find my records. This board needed no recap, and is quite stable. This board also uses a BIOS instead of Jan's modded BIOS mainly because the bug that hangs the BIOS when auto-setting the HDD is fixed, along with the usual BIOS bug limitation patches and expanded CPU support. Ironically, the system it is running is not using large capacity HDDs.

Sony Psyc NetMD Walkman, MZ-DN430
My first portable Minidisc player.

Apex DVD Player, AD-1200
Some cheap DVD player we received for Christmas.

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