GT5600 - FAQ's


Q: I got the motherboard and it crashes at boot-up, the screen is half white and black, and the keyboard does not respond which I am unable to enter BIOS setup. What should I do?

Boot Up

A: You probably have the defective motherboard. Please contact your vendor and have it replaced or repaired under warranty if bought within vendor's warranty period.


Q: How do I tell which BIOS version I have?

General

A: When you first turn the computer and the screen displays the Energy Star Logo. On third line down from the top, towards the end of the line it will say either Ver: or Version: and then have BIOS version number.


Q: Where is the Serial Number and PWA Number on my motherboard?

General

A: When you first turn the computer and the screen displays the Energy Star Logo. On third line down from the top, towards the end of the line it will say either Ver: or Version: and then have BIOS version number.


Q: My system clock seems to be slow or stopped working. Is it a problem with my motherboard?

General

A: Yes. But the fix is very easy. Go to any electronic store like Radio Shack and find CR2032 battery. Please follow the instructions carefully:

1) Power down the system if it is not already off.
2) Unplug the system from wall outlet.
3) Remove the system cover.
4) Disconnect the power connector from the motherboard.
5) Carefully remove the CMOS battery (CR2032) from the motherboard and discard it.
6) Install new CR2032 that you bought into the battery holder.
7) Reconnect the power connector.
8) Close the cover, and plug the system.
9) Power up and enter the BIOS settings as you need to re-set the time and date as well as any other configurations there may be lost during the process.


Q: I am trying to add an IrDA. What is the pin out for the IrDA connector?

General

A: 1 - VCC
2 - FIRRX (mode select or fast IR receive)
3 - IRIA (IR receive)
4 - GND
5 - IROA (IR transmit)


Q: How do I identify what model motherboard I have?

General

A: The model number is printed on the cover of the manual. If you lost the manual you can compare your board to the pictures of the motherboards on our website to try and identify your board.


Q: I need an IR port for this board. Is this available directly through BCM?

I/O Port

A: No. We are a board manufacturer, not a distributor. We do not manufacture or recommend any IR ports, but we provide the IR pin out information in this FAQ.


Q: My motherboard doesn't work with Windows 95 and my AMD CPU.

Operating System

A: When you are starting Windows 95 OSR2, OSR2.1, or OSR2.5 on a computer with an AMD-K6-2 processor running at speeds of 350 MHz and above, you may receive one of the following error messages:

Device IOS failed to initialize.
Windows Protection Error.
You must reboot your computer.

The first error is a result of a divide exception in IOS.VXD, the second is due to a similar error within ESDI_506.PDR or SCSIPORT.PDR.

This observation is caused by a software timing loop that is sensitive to processor frequency, and is not a processor erratum. This DOES NOT occur with Windows 98 or Windows NT. AMD has worked closely with Microsoft to enable a publicly available solution which is available at http://www.amd.com/products/cpg/k623d/win95_update_k6.html.

This problem is very intermittent at 350MHz. Note that it is necessary to reboot the computer after the error occurs. If the error does not occur, the system will run normally.

Microsoft Knowledge Base reference article: Q192841 AMD K6-2/350 CPU Windows Protection Error at boot time.


Q: Is the COM port a Plug & Play (PnP) supported?

Specification

A: Yes.


Q: Will Parallel Port or LPT 1 support ECP, EPP 1.7, EPP 1.9, or ECP + EPP modes for two way communication?

Specification

A: Yes. Most peripherals only require ECP mode to be enabled for two way communication.


Q: Is there anyway of overclocking the video on this motherboard?

Video

A: No.


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