Just to recap....
I think the best way to get the most out of this is to get onboard IDE and networking working and then you have two slots (one ISA and one PCI) *IF* one of the cards doesn't need a backplane. Of course, you can do a lot with USB, but that is sometimes more expensive and will take some of the cpu away. The answer to that is to overclock to 233 or try another Cyrix chip at a faster clock speed.
I'm wondering whether the people who have been having MP3 problems are running their hard drives in compatibility mode in Windows?
Well, before I get too far off topic, I'll quit. :)
But before I do that, just what kinds of tools are really needed to do this type of soldering/populating??? I apologize if this is covered elsewhere, but I couldn't find it. I'd like a list of tools needed in order to do this type of work.