|Most older PCChips mboards |
- have AMI bios versions.
- have no model number printed on the mboard surface.
- have generic manuals - PCChips isn't anywhere in the contents. There is usually no PCChips on a printed manual's cover, just a generic title.
HsingTech is who actually made the mboards - PCChips is their retail brand. Hsing Tech also sold their mboards OEM to many other vendors, especially in the past - e.g. Amptron, and ECS, who used similar but not the same or quite different model designations. ECS sometimes made/makes their own version of the mboard manual. Cheaper ECS mboards are often actually Hsing Tech mboards, and are identical to PCChips models.
Sometimes a vendor other than PCChips attached a label to the mboard stating their version model number.
You didn't say if you still have the printed manual or CD for it - you may have to search around for that - if you can dig that up we can use info from it to make an exact match - or if you still have the case and components, minus the mboard.
I have 10 english manuals for PCChips 5xx models on my hard drives (and one German one), they're relatively small if they want them via email (PM me) , one generic printed manual for 500 (M500) and the dead mboard that goes with it (bios crapped out; USB header never worked) , and info about other 5xx models. They're properly known as M5xx models.
mbbaron doesn't have all the M5xx models.
These had Intel, Via, or SiS main chipsets.
Can you remember which?
The mboard you pointed to has Vxxxx on the two main chips. That's HsingTech specific re-labelleling of the main chips. Are you sure you had chips with Vxxxx printed on them? If so, it had a re-labelled Via main chipset.
E.g. VX Pro, VX Pro+, VX Two.
If you still have and can dig up the manual, the re-named label for the chipset or sound chips is prominantly mentioned in the manual.
Can you remember if the mboard had onboard sound? (If it didn't, you may still have a sound card that wasin the system).About half the M5xx models didn't have that.