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Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2001 - 2:20 am:   

I am in the process of upgrading a friends old 486 computer with a TX Mother Board and Pentium 200MMX CPU and extra memory etc. The problem is his PCI video card wont allow the new system to fully load Windows 98. It hangs halfway through the load. If I change the Video Card to an PCI S3 it loads OK but I think I will have to use his card as it works with his old monitor. His monitor is about 8 years old and is the pre-VGA type.

I have found the following markings on his Video Card which may help identify. It has year 1992 CIRRUS LOGIC CHIPS and the name TRONTEC 201 94V-0 and CL-GD54MX PRO REV-B. I would have thought it would work with the TX board or perhaps there is a jumper I should set to make it compatible. I hope someone can help on this. I'll be grateful and thanks in advance.
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2001 - 10:39 am:   

The problem is that Cirrus Logic discontinued support for its graphics chipsets years ago. Go to this page:

to find Win98 drivers for some of the 54xx series of chipsets. Scroll to the bottom of the page and agree to the disclaimer. You can try the drivers one by one to see if they will work with your chipset. Either boot into safe mode and install them, or install them with the S3 card in there and then shut down, install the Cirrus, and reboot.

These cards are real old and probably won't deliver much in the way of resolution or refresh. But they should have standard VGA connectors. If that old monitor has a nine pin (CGA) jack instead of a 15 pin (VGA), you really need to think about getting a newer monitor unless you want to watch your friend go blind.
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2001 - 2:06 pm:   

Thanks for your reply Dave. It turned out his card was faulty. My card worked fine and system OK.

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