I have an ASUS P2B-D double processor socket

February 28, 2011 at 11:06:11
Specs: Windows XP / 98, 600 Mhz
I have an ASUS P2B-D double processor socket with 600 MHz Slot 1 processor 512 L2 cache each. Bought it from some junk computer-accessories seller. Works fine, although the USB port does not working in Windows, error with the [!] sign, or not working properly. I already upgraded the BIOS taken from ASUS' site into the latest version, but still doesn't work. The questions are: What I can do with this motherboard: Can the USB port be fixed? Can the MB be upgraded into maximum speed of (what I've ever red of BX boards) 1,4 GHz? What can anybody do best of to modify/upgrade/overclock? I can think of the rest of any modification/addition myself. OK, thanks first for any satisfying answers.

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#1
February 28, 2011 at 12:47:30
The board has up to a 112 fsb so 100 fsb pentium 3 are the fastest you can use and to run two cpus they will have to be identical and you will need an operating system to support dual cpu`s. Win 9x/me are out, NT 2000 and xp will support 2 cpu`s. As for the usb just buy a pci usb card and be done with it. if you have 98 mb of ram which is 96 in reality you should not be running windows xp. socket 1 to 370 adapters are an option with the celeron tualatin cpu as they run a 100fsb up 1400 I believe but I am not sure if they can run dual like the pentium 3 can. Seems like a money pit to me. Run one cpu with win 9x and be happy.

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#2
February 28, 2011 at 17:13:31
Did you install the USB drivers?

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#3
March 1, 2011 at 19:01:19
Thank you for the answer, wmby089. I don't know if it can run with only one processor, never tried it before. But yes, I'm not really sure too if it can run two 1400Mhz tualatin together, seems too high. It's hard to get, the processor and the adapter too, here recently at these times. But if it really does able to run those, well it wil be a big improvement, just like modifying an old car / motorbikes into racing machines :-). - with two engines. I wonder if it uses maybe at most two 1Ghz processors or at least maybe 800Mhz processors if the FSB support those. Still, the slot 1 processors of more than 600 Mhz are already hard to find and buy nowadays. People seldomly sell it, if they have it also. Many of those year class CPUs are sold as junk to some people except for some people intended to keep & use it.

@mickliq : I already tried to upgrade drivers, but from ASUS' site, there were no additional drivers for the old discontinued motherboards, so I guess it's just damaged and not usable, using the additional PCI USB instead. Maybe u know a link for the suitable USB drivers in both Windows 98 & XP?


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#4
March 1, 2011 at 20:04:17
PCI USB card will come with drivers for XP at least specifically for the card.

This system seems so old that it is probably not worth the bother. The smallest netbook with an Atom processor has many times it's processing power and speed and you can probably get someones old Pentium 4 system or maybe even an early dual core Pentium system intact for near scrap prices if you look around some.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
March 1, 2011 at 22:43:57
For experiment and collection purpose, I intended to use it for playing old games also cause it has the ISA slots. I have ISA old SoundBlaster cards for it uses IRQ no of 5 and other old SoundBlaster settings. That's what it's for. I have played old abandonware games, especially Sier** ones, since long time ago, and can't just let them go. With original hardware, not a DOS emulator, those games are more enjoyable, I think. I have a Core2Duo for my 2nd PC.

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