Upgrading harwrae and Alphabet soup!

Upgrading harwrae and Alphabet soup!

Post by Richard J. Procassin » Wed, 13 Jul 1994 23:00:48



Hey Linux Harware Gurus!

        I am comtemplating an upgrade to my now ancient system (3.5
years old), and I am somewhat confused by the capabilities of the
newer chips and buses.  So here's what I've currently got:

        386DX-25 on an ISA bus motherboard with 8 Mb RAM
        SVGA video card and monitor
        IDE HD/FD controller with 2S and 1P I/O ports
        14.4 kb fax/modem

I am interested in learning about the different capabilities of the
ISA, VLB and PCI buses, as well as the difference between 486DX and
486DX/2 chips.  If I were to upgrade to a VLB or PCI bus, what
peripheral cards would need to be replaced?  Maybe someone could point
me to a concise description of all of this in a book or magazine
somewhere.  If that's the case, then let me apologize in advance for
wasting net bandwidth.  Thanx in advance...
--

                                Dr. Richard Procassini
                                Methods Development Group
                                Mechanical Engineering Department
                                Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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1. diamondmm alphabet soup

Hi people,

A local computer store (NCA) advertised a Diamond 3400XL for
$269.99 in their catalog.  When I actually paid them a visit,
they said that they ran out of that model but now carried the
newest 3400XLi for $48x.xx.  When I balked, they suggested a
comparable Matrox card for $350.  Aside from the price, if my
understanding is correct, Matrox cards do not run with XFree86,
which is currently unacceptable to me.

As far as I can tell, both Diamond cards are based on some
versions of the S3 968 controller, have 4MB of VRAM, and plug
into the PCI slot.  I checked Diamond's web site.  Unfortunately,
3400XLi was not found under the Stealth64 Video 3000 Series
listings.

Would a more knowledgeable person please shed some light on the
differences, if any, between a 3400XL and a 3400XLi?

Thanks,

Cheng Che Chen
8/18/96

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