Like I mentioned
before, I did not have an ‘evaluation PC’ to work with. So
much of the pain came from dismantling my system, which had an
Asus P2B I endeared myself to.
- Intel Pentium PII-333Mhz
- Abit BX6-2.0 rev2.01 with
P2B with v1009 BIOS
LGS PC100 SDRAM
Deskstar 8 8.4Gb HDD
Deskstar 16 10.1Gb HDD
40X CDROM drive
Cardex Savage3D 8Mb (AGP)
Voodoo 2 12Mb (PCI)
Sound Blaster Live! (PCI)
Networks ENI-25P ATM card (PCI)
Netstream-1 MPEG-1 decoder (ISA)
1000 ADSL modem
Power 28.8 external modem
4-Port USB hub
Scanjet 4200C (USB)
Webcam II (USB)
Cobra gamepad (USB)
Removing the wormy mess of
cables from behind and taking apart my Elan Vital T-10AB
casing was an arduous task I grew familiar with. Out came the
fans, cards, memory DIMMs, IDE cables and power cables from
within. Tearing things apart were usually this mindless.
I unscrewed and removed the P2B from my case. The Abit BX6-2.0
is a good 1” wider than my trusty P2B. The extra DIMM, PCI
slot and 6-chip data buffer are the obvious newcomers to the
At this point, I removed the PII-333mhz
cartridge from the retention mechanism on the Asus and
transferred it onto the BX6-2.0.
did not turn out as simple as it should be. I could
not get the CPU to slip in easily using Abit’s foldable
retention mechanism. Just millimeters from a firm attachment,
it refused to budge. Disbelieving and puzzled, I took out the
CPU cartridge and re-examined the two ‘stands’ and
instructions. I was still clueless. The cartridge would rock
back and forth if I did not use the stands. So
after quite a bit of sweat, I finally got the awkward things in place.
Problem could be just me… Whew!
ample place to work within the T-10AB, the supposedly
large board was easily slotted snugly in place. However, the mainboard’s location of the power
socket was quite a distance away from my PSU and the power cable had to
be stretched to its limit, pressing really tightly over the
CPU to reach it.
up my fans was next and Abit included three 3-pin fan headers on the mainboard (one
more than the BH6) thus allowing me to power 2 more chasis
fans in addition to the active heatsink found on the CPU.
else went back in the same way they came out. I crossed my
finger and powered up the system. It POSTed as expected but
the floppy drive search failed. It
did not occur to me that it could be a wrongly inserted IDE
cable (since the key on the cable would prevent me from
plugging it inversely).
was just a pain… and after checking up the Abit mobo newsgroup, I
read about advices to check for defective/incompatible cables,
which had the keys that did not fit (presumably older non-standardized
floppy drive designs). The solution is simple as you just have to ‘saw’ off the little
stubby plastic key with a penknife before attempting to put
This is ingenious and obvious, I should have paid more
attention to the alignment of the cable’s ‘red line’
with Pin 1, instead of trusting the cable alone. Is this an issue with old floppy drives
(mine is 2 months old) or defective cables?
Whichever it may be, much frustration could have been averted.
than the above quirks, the board seems to be working well and
my 333Mhz CPU POSTed normally.
did a fresh install of Windows 98 SE into my freshly
partitioned and formatted drives and allowed
plug-&-play to do MOST of the magic. Everything, but my
ATM card installed flawlessly… a problem I’ve gotten used
to as it is a problem with Windows installing the wrong
driver. This was quickly corrected simply by using the drivers
that came with my ATM card. The rest of the devices were
configured with their own supplied drivers and in about 45
mins, I was up and running.
the rest of the day to pour back my usual software and
utilities. It seemed like an eternity before I got the system
back into my ‘pristine’ state.