win 98 se pc166mhz need drivers for trigem bo

Nvidia / Awrdacpi
October 2, 2011 at 07:34:48
Specs: windows98se , 32mb
need drivers for a trigear motherboard and possibly a owners manual wondering if it can be upgraded to more ram than 32 mb lodel motherboard trigear 9350-3650L 8 ML


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October 2, 2011 at 08:41:23
Why do you have Trigem in the title of this topic and trigear, twice, in the text ?.

Searching using trigear finds nothing regarding mboards.

There IS info on the web about Trigem mboards - they were used in many emachines systems, in many cheaper other brand name system models, and may have been available for use in generic systems long ago.

Many Trigem mboards have a mboard NAME printed on the surface of the mboard.

Trigem mboards with NAMES (probably circa 2001 or previous):

Trigem mboards used in emachines systems - some of the same names as above are listed - some of the same mboards were used in other brand name system models, the only difference being the bios version was specific to the brand name - there may also be newer Trigem mboards there::

If this mboard was in an emachines system, you can find the correct mboard info by using the emachines model number.
NOTE that he has discontinued allowing downloads, but the downloads list on the left of the mboard info will give clues about which ones you need. If there is a mboard manual listed it can often be found on the web by using the name of the download at the end of the string that was supposed to be a link to it.

Older Trigem mboards
Circa 1999 or older
Motherboards - Socket 4, 5, 7 - a few Trigem mboards there

If you have been able to get the mboard to boot....

- If you have 98SE installed, download this and run it:
System Information for Windows

(I'm assuming it will run in 98SE - seethe system requirements - if not I can point you to a similar prgram that will.)
It will identify the hardware the mboard has.
With that info, you can search for the drivers.

- if you don't have Windows installed, quote the bios string.

The bios string is usually a long string of numbers/letters at the bottom of the first black screen as you boot your computer - it often begins with a date - usually you can press the Pause key to read it and copy it down.
Press any key but Pause to continue booting.

It could also be higher up the screen under or beside the bios version line, e.g. under or beside Award or AMI or Phoenix...

Post that bios string here, and include any dashes, etc.
Please make sure you copied it right. Most Award and AMI Bios strings do not have spaces. Newer Phoenix bios strings, based most often on those for Intel mboards, are often like so:

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October 2, 2011 at 10:11:11
Yeah, fix your typos. I assume 'lodel' is 'model'??

Most old P-I boards with SIMM memory could handle 32 meg sticks so if you have four slots you should be able to install 128 meg. There were some 64 meg SIMM sticks but not all motherboards could handle those.

If it uses DIMMs there's probably only two slots. With those old boards I had problems getting them to accepts sticks larger than 32 meg so you may be stuck with just 64 meg if you have DIMMs.

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October 2, 2011 at 11:17:09
yes i meant model sorry for typos and yes it is a trigear not trigem


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October 2, 2011 at 15:49:12
I never heard of Trigear before. What chipset is the board based on? Does it use SIMMs or DIMMs? More than likely, 64MB is the max. Anything more than that will exceed the cache limit & will actually hurt performance. What are you plans for such an old setup anyway?

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October 2, 2011 at 16:07:07
just to see if it will work any better possibly upgrade to win 2000 professional and give it away


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October 2, 2011 at 16:08:18
i do know the ram thats in it doent seem to have the quick release tabs


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October 3, 2011 at 07:42:49
You haven't supplied enough info.

If you have been able to get the mboard to boot, see response 1 - report what it's bios string is.


What is that supposed to indicate ?

Where are you getting that from ? Is that printed on the surface of the mboard or on a heatsink overtop a main chipset chip ?

Does it have a 166mhz cpu (processor) ?

"trigear 9350-3650L 8 ML"

Where are you getting that from ? Is that printed on the surface of the mboard or on a stuck on label ?

If it's on a stuck on label, it's probably useless.

"i do know the ram thats in it doent seem to have the quick release tabs"

If it's old enough,
- it may have one or more SIMM ram modules and SIMM ram slots, not DIMM ram slots. The latches at the ends of SIMM slots are much smaller, metal, and not as obvious as the larger plastic latches at the ends of DIMM ram slots
- or - some old mboards have some ram soldered into the mboard, as well as ram slots
- or - if it's really old, it may have many ram chips installed flat on the mboard surface in many individual chip sockets

What type of cpu socket does it have ?
Socket 4, 5, 7, 370 ?

(the cpu is a vertical module in a long slot) - Slot 1 ? Slot A ? In that case, if you use good lighting so you can see it properly, the cpu info is printed on the top of the module

What is printed on the main chipset chips ?
(One of them may have a heatsink ontop of it if the mboard has onboard video.)

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October 3, 2011 at 08:38:04
socker 7 motherboard the motherboard information came off of the motherbard it was printed on heres the info from that site cant seem to get alink from my favorites to post along with my reply


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October 3, 2011 at 11:45:19
You probably have 72-pin SIMMs--the first one described here:

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