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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:23 pm:   


I installed an internal modem in an ISA slot and the
CMOS reset. After I reset the CMOS, I installed the
modem again and the video wouldn't display. Modem is
set for P&P from factory.

Now I wonder what appropriate CMOS settings are? Have
no idea if the jumpers are set appropriately on the
motherboard. I was told this motherboard is subject
to locking up, is that true? Could you please send me
the Elpina Motherboard Manual for:

4ISA, 3PCI, 4-SIMM, on-board external cache, 586-133,
V3.4F, Elpina 1697-a motherboard.

The BIOS number indicates that it's an Ability
motherboard but I can't find anything on Ability's
site. AMPTRON's site is down as well. Any
documentation or help you can provide will be

BIOS# 41-P400-001437-00101111-101094-486AVIP-H

I'm also curious to know if this system's BIOS can be
updated to pass Y2K or should I invest in another


Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:23 pm:   

The equivalent Amptron board is the DX-9700. They have
a manual that you can download, though I can't guarantee
that it is identical to the Elpina (Ability) manual.
If the bios is dated 3/11/96, it is a flashable chip.
This board is actually a 486. It accepts the AMD 5x86 133,
which is simply a 486DX chip that runs at 4 times
the system bus speed of 33Mhz. It is not a pentium; however,
it will deliver performance roughly equivalent to
a Pentium 75. Programs that require a minimum of a
Pentium processor may not function. For a wealth of
interesting stuff on the VIP class motherboards, see:
Also see these VIP manufacturers' sites: (M919) (M9700)
Chances are very good that even if you
do have a flashable bios, you won't get Y2K compliance
by flashing it. There are number of bios fixes out
there that claim to give compliance (Norton 2000 for
example), but I would urge anyone to test these
on their particular system before trusting any
irreplaceable data to the fix. And remember
to back up your important stuff!
Try setting the com and irq on your
modem manually. It may take some trial and error,
but will usually yield results. These are still
useable systems as long as you don't ask too much
from them, but if you need to put much cash into
it, the money may be better spent on a new(er)

VIP Users page
Posted on Sunday, March 2, 2003 - 6:07 pm:   

o preciso faz o placa v.3.1 do da dos bios

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