The PWA-PWA Camaro Motherboard

February 19, 2013 at 12:30:15
Specs: Windows 7
Yes I know it is old and out of date and not compatable in some cases with ATX before some-one person writes in and say I am crazzy. This is a well built motherboad by Comaro and what I think is a masterpeice for 1995. I am up grading the motherboad slowly bit by bit does anyone know were I can pick up some spair ram slots holders for the board. Does any-one know what the max is of mhz I can push into it or is it fixed at 100mhz on the board. The CPU is 550mhz I am using, the ram I have got up to 312mb I will be increasing to 1.5gb I then will try loading OS Windows Vista Basic. as OS XP is finishing on the 16th April 2014. Can you help find me parts to save an outstanding motherboard for all time sake.

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February 19, 2013 at 13:03:45
Here is the minimum suggested requirements for Vista. It recommends an 800MHz processor. That system is going to run very slow.

You would be better off using XP, even if support for it is ending in a year. XP's requirements are lower.

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February 19, 2013 at 13:54:08
I wouldn't say you're "crazzy" but you're definitely misguided.

The board isn't made by Camaro, it's an HP/Compaq board made by Mitac. Camaro is the Compaq model name, it's actually a Mitac 5114VU. It is NOT from 1995, it's no older than 1998 (probably newer). And it can only accept a max of 512MB RAM (2 x 256MB). You should be able to run XP on it but it's not going to run well. And being that it's an old board, it won't support a large HDD plus the IDE interface will only run at ATA33 or possibly ATA66 unless you install a PCI IDE controller card.

Specs are here: http://vintagecomputerparts.ecrater...

All the jumper settings are printed on the board:

Manual can be found here:

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February 19, 2013 at 14:43:16
Did a little more digging & the VIA Apollo MVP4 chipset that the Camaro is based on was released in 1999. Look at the charts, it was not a good performer.

Your Vista dream isn't gonna happen & I doubt XP will run satisfactorily. If you think you can handle Linux, try an older version of Puppy.

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February 21, 2013 at 06:51:04
Installing more RAM slots, if that were even possible, would not allow you to run more RAM.

You are limited by the chip set and BIOS.

You are beating a dead horse, and one that was never a Thoroughbred.

I admire your enthusiasm but you are in over your head. Motherboards are very complicated devices. You can't simply solder in more RAM slots. First of all there may not be space on the board but more importantly, there are 4 layers of circuits on the board that are built up one by one.

riider touched on this. The BIOS on that board is 28 bit LBA compliant, which means you can't use any hard drive larger than 137GB.

If you want to do something with that board than I suggest you run Win98se or Linux.

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