My friend has bought a pci card with 3 ext. USB ports and one int. USB port. His computer has a Pentium 166MHz OD CPU with MMX. The PCI recommends a minimum of 233MHz CPU. I installed the card for him, windows found "new hardware" and then froze. I have subsequently removed the card because the computer would not go past finding the hardware and freezing. I have tried to obtain a 233MHZ CPU (which is the maximum the Motherboard will support - but they appear to be inpossible to find. We don't want to spend much money on the computer. Question is can the PCI card be made to work and, if so, how? Or alternatively, where can we pick up a 233MHz Pentium CPU cheaply? I was told to try ACPi Compliance and upgrade the BIOS but that sounds a bit dangerous since I don't know what the "mechanism" is, or how to reverse/rectify it. Any suggestions?
Rayuk, Thanks. I might try them. Patr100, I couldn't do ANYTHING with the computer except shut it down and, eventually, to get it going again I had to remove the PCI card. It's just bakkling. It could be of course, something stupid like the card's and the CPU's speed just being incompatible. Thank you for trying.
A guy in a computer shop suggested that I went on the internet and logged on ACPi compliance, then upgraded the BIOS. the problem is that the computewr in question is not mine. If I make an error or am unable to get back to the original settings - I WOULD be very popular. My own computer I'm willing to experiment with, but not someone else's in their own home so, unless there are any other ideas I'm just going to have to leave it! Thanks for you help.
It may be nothing to do with the CPU speed, but instaed to do with conflicts in the IRQs etc.
Try again with the board in a different PCI slot.
Also try going into the BIOS and in the PCI/PNP settings, change Reset Confoguration Data to Enable (don't worry it will go back to disable after the system is rebooted). Also set the PNP O/S to Yes - if it's not already.
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