Most 486 class motherboards don't have the setup utility built into the bios. Since this is of the same vintage it may have the same limitation. You might want to try a few generic setup utilities and see if they find the proper cmos entries for a 486 motherboard.
I have been able to dump the CMOS but so far it's mostly un-recognizable. All I can tell so far is that its an IBM bios, it has Pico Power chips in it (used to be owned by Cirrus). It appears to not be utilizing all of the 256K (if it is). I can see the autoconfig & hit "F1" to continue functions. Most of what I have ever played with (going back to early 80,s==> 8086) has had recognizable and an adjustable Bios.
I didn't say that it didn't have the ability to be confiured, just that the program to do it is not in the bios like it is in pentium and later machines. Also, the 8086 based machines didn't have a clock built in and didn't have any software configurable settings since they are stored in extra memory that is part of the clock chip. All settings for 8086 motherboards generally were through jumpers on the board. Configurable settings were introduced in the original IBM AT (80286) since it was the first machine with a clock chip and cmos battery backed memory.
I downloaded a couple generic setup utilities and they access the standard settings but there isn't much to set. If someone wanted to try adding a second HD or floppy they might be handy.
You are showing your age, eh? I did play a lot with the first 8086 on up ....had one of the first BBSs in Chicago BUT it was one of the first Commodore-64 BBSs. At the time I was not impressed with the capabilities so played some but played a lot more with the C-64 (wrote some assembler back then), then on to the Amiga(could run circles around early MACs)....didn't really get to serious about Wintel until the 486 DX stage...although 3.1 was still buggy (and 3.11)...played with Amiga until OS2 Warp came out (that was before Windows 95)...then bought a P-60 and was impressed with the processing power....switched from Amiga to Windows 95 (OS2 Warp was a Joke...although ended up doing more than I wanted to do with OS2)....This BBS I was talking earlier about was tapped in a Bell public phone (they didn't know at the time)....I made a serial connection (for a modem) linked to a remote control switch....it worked for a couple of years then Bell caught on.....can you please give me a link to the utilities you are using...I haven't found
any that work really well.....thanks in advance...
You must be about the same vintage as I am. I started out with a Timex Sinclair 1000 and a serial port and modem I built from a kit. That I used to connect to the mainframe at the university to do Fortran in my pj's. It was so great not to have to go to school at 3am and wait in line to get a terminal. Later I had a C64 and C128 and most of the parts that went with them. I never had an amiga until much later in my hobby as a collector. I worked with CP/M systems at the university and had a couple of them myself. Didn't really get into DOS machines till later but I have been working on them and with them since the original IBM PC with 64M of memory.
The utilities I have found are at www.simtel.net under msdos and system utilities. They are pretty basic and really don't do much more than the utility under windows for the CF-01 except the floppy and HD settings. One of them called, BIOS I think, was able to save the bios segment, 64k, but I haven't really looked at it yet. IT would be nice to find some utilities that actually let you manipulate the bios itself so that I could see how it is arranged. Of course there is no knowing if it is upgradable but since the IBM PC110 BIOS is I have hopes for this as well.
I had a C-128 also. I should have gone into engineering back then. I am doing that now. I chose a different path getting a degree in chemistry & biology, then another 4 years of school not to use any of that....now...thanks for the info on the bios..
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