>I'm planning to upgrade my system in a few weeks. This new system
>will consist of either the HX or TX chip set coupled with a 233mhz K6.
>I want to use a Quantum Ultra DMA/33 3.2gig drive if I choose a TX
>based Motherboard (or HX with a Promise Ultra33).
>1) Have any of you NT4 users that tried to install NT on either of
>these chip sets encounter any problems??
I'm not an "NT Expert" (Is there such a person ?), but I very recently
(two weeks ago) purchased a Gigabyte 586-HX board which uses the HX
Chipset (I have not intention of upgrading to a DMA/33 at the present
time hence the reason for not bothering with the TX Chipset........(I'm
currently running a Intel P120 - With any luck my Intel P200MMX will be
on the doorstep in the next hour - yes really !), so I'll let you know
how that goes. Incidentally I'm running NT4 with SP3....
>2) Does NT recognize the TX or HX chip set by itself or does it
>require some user intervention to install??
I didn't have to do a thing, so I guess the HAL (Hardware Abstraction
Layer/s) sort this out automatically. I DID have to re-install NT after
putting in the new board, so.......
>3) Any recommendations on which Mother boards work best in a NT
>environment running on a K6 233mhz??
The Gigabyte 586-HX works with this chip and it's not an expensive board
(Check out www.gigabyte.com or www.gigabyte.com.tw).
>4) I need to enable the PlugNPlay driver in NT to install my AVM Apex
>sound board. Will this cause any problems with the motherboard. It
>works fine now in my Pentium 60(non plugNPlay system)..
I Can't see this causing problems, but I'm sure other people will be
able to help you a bit more on this subject....
>I have searched high and low for information on this subject with
>little success. I know that the HX and especially the TX chip sets
>were released after NT4 shipped. It would seem that these PlugNPlay
>aware mother boards may run into some problems with NT. Some have
>suggested using a HX board coupled with the Promise Ultra33 controller
>and skip the TX.
Best place to go (I did BEFORE I purchased the board) is TOM'S HARDWARE
GUIDE (go to www.scan.co.uk - It's under software/patches of the main
page). This guy has a Chipset, Motherboard, Processor Guide, each go
into the pros and cons of each system.........
>I'm aware of the need for the busmaster drivers to fully use the TX
>chip set with NT. I also know about the Cache limits of the TX chip
>set (this is leaning me to the HX).... The benefit of SDRAM seem so
>limited that I can't see the justification for spending the extra $$
>on a technology that will most likely pass like EDO (I'm not going to
As I say I'm not planning on running DMA/33 yet, but the Cacheable RAM
(512Mb instead of 64Mb), the Possibility of running Dual-Processors, the
fact I'll skip Pentium Pro and go straight to Pentium II (or whatever is
current in a year or so !) AND the fact that SDRAM is a little quicker
but IMHO the price/MB/Performance does not make too much difference to
me....made me go for HX over TX.......
Hope this gives you some ideas ?
All the best,