>Kelly Wilson writes:
>>I'm building a system for Linux and wondering if anyone has had problems
>>or success with a 486 DLC 40mhz chip-based motherboard.
Yes... I have had problems and success with various combinations... The
first 486DLC-40 motherboard I tried was a cheapo one which was ISA and
used a chipset made by UMC and only 8k of external cache on the chipset.
It would boot up and then crash. It seemed to have serious problems with
Linux (probably anything that did heavy duty protected mode memory access
I'd bet). However, I yanked the DLC processor out and dropped it into
the old 386DX-20 motherboard I'd been using, and it worked fine there,
albiet at only 20MHz, and with no external cache. Since then I swapped
that motherboard for an old 386DX-33 motherboard with 64k external cache
which I swapped the same 486DLC-40 chip into, and it works fine. It is
O.K. speed wise, but not anything special. However, for my main machine
I have a 486DLC-40 motherboard I bought more recently which has 128k
external cache and 2 VL-Bus slots... it uses the OPTi Chipset, and BIOS
is by AMI... it is pretty decent speed wise (15.97 BogoMIPS), especially
for what I can get them for now, US $140.
As an added bonus, the new motherboard I am using can drive anything
from a 386DX-25 to a 486DX2-80 to a 486DX4-100 just by dropping the
CPU into the correct socket and setting some jumpers... So if I want
to upgrade later I can...
>This is the processor that I am running Linux on and it works great!
>I installed Slackware from an Infomagic cdrom and it worked perfectly
>"out of the box". This is more than can be said for some installations I
>have done of expensive commercial UNIXes on Intel boxes.