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32BitsOnline: The World's first lowest cost motherboard: ABIT's BP6

Apr 12, 2000, 00:27 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Wong)

"The BP6 is the world's first and lowest cost multi-processing motherboard. It was generously offered to 32BitsOnline for review directly from Taiwan, and combines all the highly desirable features of Abit's entire line of BX boards. It has dual S370 sockets to accept the PPGA Celeron for a low-cost multi-processing workstation. It extends the BM6, the advanced built-in controller for Ultra ATA 66 Eide drive access from the BE6 design, all built on the same motherboard as the highly successful and overclockable BX6-II with its jumper-less Soft-Menu II Bios. To top it off, it has all its predecessor's wide Front Side Bus (FSB) selections, voltage manipulations, changeable AGP multiplier settings, and hardware monitoring functions with the introduction of Wake on PS2/Keyboard/LAN/Modem/IrDA. The only thing it does not have is the even wider FSB selections of the BF6's SoftMenu III, the PCI multiplier selector, the control of the voltage to the AGP, BX chipset and dram. Tests have shown it to be an excellent value package for a multi-purpose personal workstation or gaming rig that dual boots between Uniprocessor Operating Systems like Win 95/98 and Multiprocessing Operating Systems like W2K, BeOS and, of course, our favorite penguin, Linux...."

"However, you must also have a device that has Ultra ATA 66 support, as well as an OS that is able to support this feature. Currently, only Windows 95B(OSR2), 98, NT , 2000, and Linux can support this. Linux and W2K require beta drivers of Ultra ATA 66 to be installed during the installation. Currently, there is no patch for Ultra ATA 66 for BeOS R 4.5.1. Installation during Windows NT and 2000 will ask for pressing F6 to install an external device driver for SCSI. At this point, I inserted the supplied disk for NT and the W2K beta driver for 2000. Linux requires a patch to the 2.2.10 kernel. The other option is to download Gentus Linux, which already has built-in support for UDMA 66. The kernel will still need to be recompiled for SMP support...."

"Linux will need the kernel to be re-compiled to multi-processing mode. If you do not use Gentus Linux, you will also need to patch the device driver with support for Ultra ATA 66. Recompiling the kernel took very little time, and once setup, it too operated with seemingly improved speed. More definitive test results will follow in a follow-up article."

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