|WP! Glad to see you're back (I haven't been keeping up lately, maybe you came back a while ago?)|
Got both your messages suggesting this so thought I'd try it. The BIOS update didn't change the memory speed at all... according to Gold Memory. Sure, it's a shareware program that I haven't registered, and it's from the Czech Republic, causing some people to question it's validity (I never saw a problem with it...). Seems to me, though, that it reports the speed that it can communicate with the RAM at, and that speed didn't change even 1MB/s from the upgrade :/
I ran GM on a couple other machines since I posted these messages, and the RAM on a Pentium 133 with a 66Mhz bus and 72pin simms running at 60ns goes 68MB/s. This PC-100 RAM (10ns) running in Turbo Mode (and trying alot of related settings) on the IO with a 200Mhz processor and a 66Mhz bus (is it 100?) gets 36MB/s with CL3 or 38MB/s with CL2 at 32MB and 30MB/s with the PC-133 256MB stick (I know it only runs at the Bus speed... but it shouldn't go DOWN in speed, should it?!).
I'm trying to test to see if the new BIOS will allow the 256MB stick to work without failing at 8%. I'm going to bed and will see what it says in the morning (oh wait, it's already morning!). If it fails, I'm returning it and giving up.
I'm still wondering if this is a caching problem. The older computers only had enough cache to handle 64MB of RAM, any more and it would be uncached, causing the system to slow considerably. Now that I think about it, I don't see any cache on the Mobo at all! Wonder if that's why it's so dreadfully slow with the RAM no matter how much is installed. I can give you some links about caching and memory speeds, if you're interested. It was a big deal with the Intel TX/VX chipsets because they were made to treat all RAM the same, turning off the cache completely if there was more than 64MB, whereas other companies left the cache on for the memory it could cache (first 64MB) and the additional memory was dreadfully slow...
Thanks for the advice, if nothing else, I'm glad to see you're still working with the IO and it's BIOSes :) (any news on the Floppy port? It's no longer a priority, but it'd be cool!).