[rescue] Wanted: 16M 72-pin parity SIMMs & Dell GXa CPU board/RAM
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Sun Dec 26 18:12:50 CST 2004
On Thu, 23 Dec 2004, Mike Nicewonger wrote:
> On a side note the W6Li is a nice board.
So long as you don't try to flash them.
Mine were labeled (silkscreened, even!) "REV. 1", so, you know, naturally,
I thought it was a "revision 1" board.
I went to Micronics' web site, downloaded the updated firmware for the
revision 1 board, booted from the flash program, and I saw:
PC: PREPARING TO FLASH BIOS...
Me: Okay, get on with it.
PC: BIOS DEVICE DOES NOT MATCH!!!!!
Me: Alright then, let me abort it.
PC: FLASHING DEVICE...DO NOT POWER OFF.
Heated calls were made to $supportNumber. This was just after the got
bought, so I go bounced between a whole bunch of different numbers
before I finally wound up at Diamond Multimedia, who were supposedly the
owners of this part of Micronics.
Them: You downloaded the wrong file. That's not our problem.
Me: My board says "REV. 1" on it. How could it be the wrong file.
Them: Describe your board.
Them: That's a revision 2 board. You downloaded the wrong file.
Me: Hello! Silkscreen! Revision 1. Right there!
Them: Wrong file. Not our problem.
Me: Have you thought to maybe ABORT THE FLASH if it detects the
Them: It's not our problem if you download the wrong file
Me: *head explodes*
This was in 1999, when these boards, while not current, weren't cheap.
I had three of them, and two had died (I flashed them in parallel). I
still have one of the boards (and all 6 processors), and every time I
look at that board I want to shoot something.
Yeah, real nice boards.
 And I was in college at the time. That 6-CPU project cost me all
my spending money at the time. That was about when I started to
scream "Fuck PCs" every time someone brought up the notion of using
crap-ass x86 hardware to do real work. Those W6li boards were the
best the PC world had to offer only a year or two earlier, and they
weren't worth pissing on.
 My roommate and I were heavy into Persistence of Vision for doing 3D
raytracing. We wanted to build a job-submission system where we
could submit a large render and have it interleave frames over the
individual processors. This meant that his PC wouldn't be occupied
for several days at a time rendering a single movie.
Jonathan Patschke ) "I've built my whole system with [-fomit-frame-pointer]
Elgin, TX ( cause it was recommended...as I don't care if a program
USA ) crashes, not interested in finding out why."
( --Tim, Another Satisfied Gentoo User
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