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VIA S3 Savage8

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by joshua.wilbo, Sep 9, 2004.

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  1. joshua.wilbo

    joshua.wilbo Thread Starter

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    What can anyone tell me about this integrated graphics chip? I've been hearing terrible things and that it is really hard to install a new card on a board with this...
     
  2. norton850

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    Is this on a desktop or laptop?
     
  3. joshua.wilbo

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    It is a microtel desktop... AMD XP 2600+. 256 DDR.
     
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    Most integrated graphics boards will take a separate graphics card. You need to check which one, if it has an agp slot it is likely to take a 4xagp card (8x ones are backwards compatible, the only problem is if its an AGP 1.0 slot as opposed to an AGP 2.0 or AGP 3.0 one.
     
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    Its really the motherboard that determines if its possible to install a new video card and how easy it will be.

    You want to disable the onboard video in the BIOS or on the motherboard with a jumper. The motherboard manual will be helpful with this. Some motherboards will automatically disable the onboard video as well.
     
  6. joshua.wilbo

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    The motherboard is a MB-MS6738 KM266 from microtel...I cannot seem to find a manual for it, could someone help me to locate it pls. Thank you. Btw, I very much appreciate everyones input. :)
     
  7. joshua.wilbo

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    Here are full motherboard specs....

    SPECIFICATION

    CPU
    o Supports Socket A for AMD® Athlon(tm)/Athlon(tm) XP/Duron(tm) Processor
    o Supports up to Athlon XP 2600+ processor.

    CHIPSET
    o VIA® ProSavageDDR(tm) KM266 Chipset
    - FSB @200/266MHz
    - Integrated ProSavage8(tm) 2D/3D Graphic Controller, Up to 32MB Shared Memory
    - AGP 4x and high bandwidth V-link host controller.
    - Advanced memory controller supports PC2100 DDR266 technology.
    o VIA® VT8235 Chipset
    - 533MB/sec Vlink client controller.
    - Direct sound ready AC97 digital audio controller.
    - Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode EIDE controller.
    - Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management.
    - 6 ports USB 2.0 controller.
    - Integrated Ethernet MAC.

    FSB
    o 100/133MHz (200/266MHz) clocks are supported.

    MAIN MEMORY
    o Supports four memory banks by using two 184-pin DDR DIMMs or two 168-pin SDRAM DIMMs.
    o Supports a maximum memory size of 2GB.
    o Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM or 3.3v SDRAM DIMM

    SLOTS
    o One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) slot.
    - AGP specification compliant.
    - Supports AGP 2.0 2x/4x o Three PCI 2.2 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots.
    - supporting 3.3v/5v PCI bus Interface.

    ONBOARD IDE
    o An IDE controller on the VT8235 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 operation modes.
    o Can connect up to four IDE devices.

    AUDIO
    o Front Audio supported.
    o Chip Integrated.
    - Realtek ALC 650 codec.
    - 5.1 channel AC 97 software Audio.

    VIDEO
    o Integrated ProSavage8(tm) 2D/3D Graphic Controller

    LAN
    o VIA® VT8235 integrated MAC + VIA 6103 PHY.
    - RJ45 connector.

    ON-BOARD PERIPHERALS
    o 1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
    o 1 serial port (COM1), 1 Intel-spec serial port (JCOM2, Optional) and 1 VGA port
    o 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP modeo 6 USB ports (Rear x 4 / Front x 2)
    o 1 Line-In/Line-Out/Mic-In porto 1 LAN RJ45 connector
    o 1 IrDA connector for SIR/CIR/ASKIR/HPSIR

    BIOS
    o The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
    o The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.

    DIMENSION
    Dimension 24.5 cm(L) x 23.8 cm(W) MicroATX Form Factor


    Here are the computer specs:
    AMD 2.0GHz Athlon XP2600 + processor
    333MHz frontside bus
    256MB DDR memory, expandable to 2GB
    80GB Ultra ATA-100 hard drive/7200 RPM (total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment)
    8x DVD/CD-Writer combo drive (DVD+RW/CD-RW)
    Drive speeds: 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 12x DVD-ROM read speed, 8x DVD+R/RW read, 24X CDR, 10x
    CDRW, 40x CDROM, DVD-ROM Drive 16x max speed
    7-in-1 memory card reader w/ 1 USB 2.0 port
    Integrated 10/100 Network connection
    56K modem
    Integrated shared video up to 64MB, default setting 16MB
    Supports 8x AGP graphic add-in cards
    Integrated AC'97 6-channel audio
    104-key keyboard
    2-button mouse with wheel
    Stereo speakers
    4 USB 2.0 ports - back
    Available drive bays: External three 5.25, one 3.5; Internal four 3.5
    Available slots: 2 PCI, 1 AGP 8x
    Serial port
    Parallel port
    Audio port (line-in, line-out, mic-in)
     
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  9. joshua.wilbo

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    And what about where to get linux drivers?
     
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