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A system that was given to me (at least the case, motherboard, processor, some memory, and a hard drive—filled out the rest from my junkbox).

Plan to set up as a combination X terminal / workstation, i.e., a standalone workstation and also serve as an X terminal to my other Linux boxes. Installing multiple NICs to avoid the need for a switch to keep traffic off my coax network (see ).





20040622 Update: Motherboard is apparently by DFI — downloaded Quick Reference and printed manual to LivingRoom (computer). (There is also a [[http://www.dfi.com/download/MANUAL/41600011.PDF][CD manual] available.)

Picture matches the motherboard, but jumper settings only seem to cover (some) processors up to about 550 MHz. The manual indicates that the three DIMM slots should support 256 MB each, so I'll retry a 256 MB DIMM. Retried on 2/14/05, still doesn't recognize more than 128 MB per slot. Rechecked some of the chip numbers and so forth:

K6BV3+ Rev. A1 (stenciled on motherboard)
VIA VT82C586B (a chip)
VIA VT82C598MVP (another chip)
05/03/99 (K6BV3+)-CD-2A5LED4KC-00 (BIOS (displayed during boot))

So, I guess it is a K6BV3+ motherboard, don't know why I can't use 256 MB DIMMs (unless I somehow have the wrong type (but I tried two different strips, over a year apart))—oops, wait, the manual is for Rev. B+, the board is Rev. A1—maybe that's the difference.

Old Notes (re Motherboard): Uncertain, but here are some numbers that might identify it: VIA VT82C598 (Apollo MVP3), and from the BIOS (IIRC): 05/03/1999 (K6BV3+)-CD-2A5LED4KC-00

Video: S3 Trio 3D/2X (86C368) in AGP card, 4 on board mem chips (IIUC) labeled KT3617161B -7 9913 (Googled, couldn't find information to identify the size.) _When I installed Mandrake 9.1, the chip set was apparently not recognized, and the XFree 3.6 X system was installed. Looking further, the card seems to be recognized as "Custom", maybe because it's on an AGP card? Anyway, I (somehow) manually installed XFree 4.3, and (IIRC) with 4 MB of memory — seems to work fine, looks like I can go up to at least 1280x960, maybe further. (Some identifying marks on the card, which did not help me locate it via Google: 9-0610/56-135037, VA-S3 TRIO 3D, 29109909024990.)

! The KT3617161A/B/C/D is ananlog of NEC uPD4516161, Toshiba TC59S1616, Hynix HY57V161610 e.t.c. SDRAM memory chip (2Mb == 1Mx16)

Processor: 400 MHz Intel (Pentium ??) — my first real Intel processor since my 8086 boxes (IIRC)

Memory: 3 168 pin slots that seem to only handle 128 MB each. (Bought a 256 MB module, only 128 MB recognized, installed it on my son's machine, took a 128 MB and 64 MB module from his machine and added one of the original 32 MB modules to get ~224 MB. Mandrake 9.1 / KDE 3.1 / Konqueror 3.1 seem to make better use of memory, so machine seems (after short experience) to work quite well with less than the 512 MB I put in the AMD 6 700 MHz machine (System5) running Mandrake 9 / KDE 3 / Mozilla 1.3. (I suspect the big memory hog is Mozilla, especially with the number of tabs / windows I keep open, even though it is only one "instance" of Mozilla (if any Mozilla tab or window crashes, they all die).

Sound: ES1868F ISA — had to (install and) run sndconfig to configure it, and had to make sure the sound cable was installed from the CD-Rom to play audio CDs.

Ethernet NICS:

  • eth0 — 8139too — SMC 1211TX (10/100 MHz)
  • eth1 — 8139too — ENL-832-TX (10/100 MHz)
  • eth2 — tulip — Linksys Etherfast 10/100 (10/100 MHz)
  • eth3 — ne2k-pci — Ovislink (10 MHz Coax/TP)

/etc/fstab: (comments added here, not sure they'd work in fstab)

/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1      # 149 MB
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/dev/hda8 /home ext3 defaults 1 2      # 94 MB
none /mnt/cdrom supermount dev=/dev/hdc,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=8
50,umask=0 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=auto,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepag
e=850,umask=0 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda9 /rhk ext3 defaults 1 2      # 456 MB
/dev/hda5 /usr ext3 defaults 1 2      # 1.8 GB
/dev/hda7 /var ext3 defaults 1 2      # 149 MB
/dev/hda6 swap swap defaults 0 0      # 299 MB

Output from sfdisk

[root@system12 rhk]# sfdisk --no-reread /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 12555 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors/track
Old situation:
Units = cylinders of 516096 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

   Device Boot Start     End   #cyls    #blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *      0+     39      40-     20128+   6  FAT16
/dev/hda2         40   12554   12515    6307560    5  Extended
/dev/hda3          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/hda4          0       -       0          0    0  Empty
/dev/hda5         40+     79      40-     20128+  83  Linux
/dev/hda6         80+    485     406-    204592+  83  Linux
/dev/hda7        486+    891     406-    204592+  83  Linux
/dev/hda8        892+   1094     203-    102280+  83  Linux
/dev/hda9       1095+   3125    2031-   1023592+  83  Linux
/dev/hda10      3126+   4425    1300-    655168+  83  Linux
/dev/hda11      4426+   6050    1625-    818968+  82  Linux swap
/dev/hda12      6051+  12554    6504-   3277984+  83  Linux
Input in the following format; absent fields get a default value.
Usually you only need to specify  and  (and perhaps ).

/dev/hda1 :

Install Notes

Took quite a few installs to get it working — some of the problems — installing Mandrake 9.1:

  • Acer 40X CD would not reliably read CompUSA 16X Black CD-Rs, temporarily installed an old reliable 4X for the installs
  • Originally some of my partitions were too small (/var in particular), got a warning, changed partition sizes (shown above after several adjustments), then started to make progress
  • After so much fooling around, I decided to let Mandrake just install everything (plus nedit) — I was surprised later when sndconfig, samba, and abiword were not installed (the one menu heading on the installer mentions AbiWord (IIRC), but it is not supplied with Mandrake 9.1 AFAICT).
  • It installed XFree 3.3.6 instead of 4.3 apparently because it didn't recognize the S3 chipset on the AGP card — later I manually installed 4.3 which does support that chipset
  • Audio card not recognized, had to install afterwards with sndconfig (which was not installed, had to install it first)
  • NICs seemed to be recognized properly and installed properly, all with same IP address which is probably fine — have only tested eth3 so far, which, by the "luck of the draw" is the 10 MHz coax card that connects to my coax LAN
  • Had problems getting mail to work until I added this machine's IP address to the hosts.allow file on System8
  • Still trouble with Samba even after installing it (it is apparently running) — found a new something (FishFilesystem) that may do what I need as far as transferring files from System5. See EtcHostsAllowDeny — had to enable access to System12 on System5 — now Samba works from (at least one) Windows box, and fish works from System 12 to System 5 (but not Samba, apparently). I installed my Canon BJC-3000 printer on System12 and can print to it from at least one Windows box and apparently am using the Windows driver! Woohoo! (After enabling Samba, etc.)


... for some other information about the install or the software.


  • () AlecVoropay - 08 Nov 2003 (note about KT3617161B)
  • () RandyKramer - 15 May 2003
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