7677ref.exe Model 76/77 Reference Disk v3.10 (zipped image)
7677diag.exe Model 76/77 Diagnostics Disk v3.11 (zipped image)
7677flsh.exe 76/77 BIOS Revision Level 7 (Build 59A) (zipped image)
g7jt60a.exe 76/77 BIOS Revision Level 8 (Build 60A) (zipped image)
g7jt61a.exe 76/77 BIOS Revision Level 9 (Build 61A) (zipped image)
7677dosd IBM Enhanced Local Bus DOS/Win 3.1 driver disk
S3 928 Windows 95 drivers disk
Win95-Setup for S3-928 From Peter Wendt's site
86C928 GUI Accelerator (202 pages, datasheet/programming)
L2 Cache Modules
486 Interposers and Upgrades
Lacuna Riser Cards
Flash BIOS Update Disk
Can't Access System Partition
Installing a 5 V CPU (Jumper Setting)
Installing an 83 or 63 MHz POD
Installing a 3.45 V CPU
Voltage Regulator Module (VRM)
VRM Connector Pinout
VRM Circuit Diagram
Interposer for POD
Dirty Secrets of the POD
IDE Hard Drive
Large Hard Drives
IDE CD-R Burner
IDE Zip Drive
Direct Cable Connection under 95
"!" Under 95
800x600x64k under W95
Video Adapters under W95
Lacuna Video Glitch
Overclocking the Lacuna board
Early Lacuna Streaming Limitations
Lacuna Planar (76/77 i/s)
JMP1 is the Power-On
Password jumper. The POP can be cleared by moving the
jumper to the other set of pins, then powering on. After
power on, you can leave the jumper on the pins that you
moved it to.
JMP2 is the Privileged
Access Password jumper.
Locked State: jumper across middle pin - pin 1 PAP cannot
be set, changed, or removed.
Change State: jumper across pin 0 - middle pin PAP
can be set, changed, or removed.
U15 10G4672 integrates interrupt
controller, and drives most of the external I/O - keyboard and mouse, both
serial ports, and the parallel port.
Adjustable Voltage Regulator with max. output current 3.0 A.
The regulator is set to 3.56 V and powers the System Controller (U74).
My humble suggestion - DON'T SET
THE PAP! If you forget the PAP, only the
last saved configuration is valid. You will never be able
to successfully change the configuration again. The PAP
function involves writing the state to an unknown area of
the NVRAM and another memory chip. If the PAP is dorked,
for all intents the planar is hosed.
4 MB, 8 MB and 16 MB 70 ns SIMMs, Parity or ECC.
256 KB (2 x 128 KB) Flash ROM
L1: 8 KB (486SX/SX2/DX2), 16 KB (486DX4)
L2: Optional L2 cache module, 128 KB or 256 KB
There were several versions of the "Lacuna" board:
- 95G9691 - 25 MHz only, yellow U74, not streaming transfer capable
- 96G1305 - 25 or 33 MHz, blue U74
- 95G9692 - 33 MHz, blue U74
Lacuna Riser Cards
Lacuna 76 Riser FRU 68G2706
BT1 CR2032 Battery
J1 32-bit MCA slot with Auxiliary Video Extension (AVE)
J2, J3 32-bit MCA slots
SC Spring Clip that presses up against bus adapter support
Flash BIOS Update Disk
The 7677 FLASH Disk is for the Lacuna planar.
Older Model 76 and 77 have the Bermuda planar which does
*not* have FLASH BIOS.
Flash BIOS Revisions:
Level 03: Original release
Level 04: Contains the following enhancements:
- Third Party Video Adapter enhancements
A monitor attached to a 9576 or 9577 with a Cornerstone
ImageAccel Adapter displays a white screen during POST.
This was fixed with Flash BIOS rev 04 on. The
terminator, shipped with the ImageAccel, must also be
Level 05: Contains the following enhancements:
- Electronic eject floppy diskette drive compatibility
- Image/I Adapter/A compatibility
- Melco 1.44 floppy diskette drive compatibility
[Fixes 605 POST error with Melco floppy OEM'd
for IBM, FRU P/N 85F0050]
Level 07: ?
Level 08: ?
Fixes "IRQ 00 Not Being Serviced" Errors In Error Log
BIOS Revision Notes & Experiences
So how did anyone figure that "8" was an
improvement, other than Y2K? I'm guessing that "4"
would have worked after a manual reset.
The later BIOS releases after 02 / 03 contain
some few fixes for the nasty Booktree RAMDAC problems that
cause checkerboard / yellow / half-screen-black / speckled
ASCII-garbage video errors under OS/2 and give
additional "over 524MB IDE support". Haven't read all
the accompanying comments :-)
Hmm... Just checked. My Lacuna is Rev. 7,
happily running a POD 83, write-back, no
interposer. Guess I'll leave it at seven.
Can't Access System Partition on 76s (maybe others)
On the 76i / 77i with the Lacuna planar
(and planar IDE, S3-928 SVGA) the "system partition" is
only for convenience - but it is not required for getting
parts of the BIOS into the memory as on the older 76 / 77
with the "Bermuda" planar.
The 76i / 77i are "non-IML" machines and do
not support a "real system partition" anyway - they just
offer the ability to "park" the reference and diagnostic
disk for easier access on the harddisk. Otherwise called
a Convenience partition.
But they DO support a Convenience Partition IF you use
an IBM SCSI adapter (NOT the FD SCSI-2 that is
standard). To install a Convenience Partition and be
able to access it, you have to LLF the drive and then
restore the partition. Just running "Restore System
Partition" without LLFing the drive first will result in
the system refusing to access the partition. I
have a Fast/Wide in my 77s, and I can bring up the
Convenience partition with F1. So much better when you
have a huge pile of poorly titled or untitled floppies
on your desk...
However: I had similar problems getting a
system partition on the drive. There had been one once
on your drive (the unused 4MB space) but it has been
loused up by what reason - same what happened to me. In
this case the MBR of this "hidden" partition is invalid
and cannot be used any longer. Therefore "Restore system
partition" does not work. The only way to get it back is
in fact a Low-Level format. In fact the order is
You need to install the system partition
first, *then* run FDISK from any other operating system.
Some FDISKs (like that from OS/2 2.x) do not always
accept the "system partition" as hidden ... :-) ... and
simply overwrite it or corrupt the boot / MBR
information. OS/2 2.1 CID installation was famed for
lousing up the system partition on the 76i / 77i.
My recommendation: If you already
have a lot stuff on the drive - leave it as it is. If
you'd only installed the Win95 so far - mind running the
LLFORMAT and install a system partition. You need to
start with the reference in A: and press CTRL+A in the
main menu to start (A)dvanced Diagnostic. Then run
"Format harddisk" and follow the instructions on the
screen. Reboot after finish - restart with the reference
disk and run "Restore system partition". Worked fine
when I tried it last time...
Installing a 5 V CPU
Jumper 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (pin-9 = key, missing).
Installing an 83 or 63 MHz Pentium Overdrive Processor
Diags Level G7GT55A or higher and
interposer required. Jumpers in J19 must be set for a
5 V CPU (the POD has a built in 5 V to 3.45 V regulator)
Installing a 3.45 V CPU
Remove the jumpers. Install VRM.
VRM Connector Pinout
|1||Presence Detect. / Sense?|
|3, 5, 7||VRM Input Voltage (5 V)|
|4, 6, 8||VRM Output Voltage (3.45 V)|
|9||Key / Missing|
Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) FRU 06H3011, PN 06H3010
The Voltage Regulator Module (VRM), made
especially for the 9576/77i system board. It is used
to reduce the CPU core voltage from 5.0 V to 3.45 V.
That makes it possible to put an Intel 486DX4/100 or
AMD 5x86/P75 CPU on the board to upgrade the performance.
U1 LT1085CT Voltage Regulator
R1 1.5 kΩ 1/4 W 5% mf
R2 200 Ω 1/4 W 1% mf
R3 348 Ω 1/4 W 1% mf
C4 10 uF 50 V 105 °C
C5 220 uF 16 V (25 V) 105 °C
C6 220 uF 16 V (25 V) 105 °C
C7 220 uF 16 V (25 V) 105 °C
C8 10 uF 50 V 105 °C
(mf - Metal film resistor)
VRM Circuit Diagram
(Click on the picture for a hi-res version)
Ed. Tom: The
original diagram by J. Shorney had all the input and output pins
swapped! This is now corrected (with some other minor adjustments).
Jim Shorney says:
R3 should be 1% or better
precision resistors, since they set the output voltage of the
Don't substitute a 'close' standard value for R3. If you
don't have access to the exact value; a 300 ohm resistor
in series with a 100 ohm trimpot could be substituted
for R3 to allow fine trim of the regulator voltage.
The formula for calculating the resistors is
in the regulator datasheet.
Use the simpler formula that ignores reference current.
Alfred Arnold shared his
Interposer for POD
Interposer is required to properly support L2 cache on a number
of systems. Sometimes, even an interposer isn't enough... 19x19 pin - PGA socket
(top-view) Push out the identified pin using a soldering iron. (Ed. Tom: This
will completely disable the Write-Back cache mode as described down below.)
From Tam Thi Pham:
Tested out a custom home-brew interposer with the "missing" pin
as shown and lo and behold, I can now enable write-back caching on the 256K
cache module when run a Pentium 83 MHz Overdrive. Previously, I could use the
POD but only with the cache set to Write-Through.
By removing pin T1 (WB/-WT) you are effectively forcing the processor into the
"standard bus" / Write-Through mode
for more info). So, even if the cache module can be set to WB with this
modification, the CPU will operate in WT mode only. I would strongly recommend
some proper benchmarking to see what configuration gives better performance.
Note: Some systems do NOT accept ANY (WB)
L2 cache modules. I have three Lacunas, none of them supported any of the IBM
marked modules or IDT modules. Other people (Bob Watts among others) just seem
to drop a POD in their machine, toss in any old L2 module, and it comes up happy.
It is NOT the fault of the interposer. Go HERE
Dirty Secrets of the POD (From Peter, edited)
The whole Pentium Overdrive debacle was a mess from the
beginning, with Intel changing specs and making motherboard manufacturer's and
BIOS writers crazy. (And Louis tried every BIOS level and revision I'm sure.)
In fact they changed the PODP specs shortly before announcement.
This L2 communication problem shows up on all these machines where the design
work starts in early 1993. At IBM these are namely the PC-300 and the "Lacuna".
In a way the PODP was the Edsel of the processors: good idea, bad marketing -
and outdated in the right after announcement. Intel hurried it a bit - when
the problems showed up the major work was already done for the board-makers.
The main reason for this (AFAIK) is that the original concept
did not include boards with L2 WB-cache... the most of the older boards did
not have L2 - and if, then it were simple WT-cache. <snip>
Method for Interrupt Sharing with IDE Hard Files in IBM PS/2 Systems
From IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin (June 1994) (priorart.ip.com)
Disclosed is a method that allows the
interrupt request of an IDE hardfile to be shared with
another device (e.g., SCSI hardfile) on interrupt level
14 within an IBM PS/2* system.
The interrupt request (IRQ) of an IDE
interface was designed to be on a non-shared interrupt
level. According to PS/2 Micro Channel* system
architecture, all hardfile IRQs are shared on interrupt
level 14. In a Micro Channel computer system that
supports both an IDE hardfile and a SCSI hardfile,
a problem arises. The essence of the problem is that
because the IDE interface IRQ was designed to be
non-sharing, no IRQ "indicator bit" exists in any of the
IDE status registers. In order for interrupt handling
software to determine which of two or more devices
sharing an IRQ level is the requesting device, an IRQ
"indicator bit" or status bit is needed. The Figure
shows a simple solution to provide the IRQ "indicator
To provide the IRQ "indicator bit" for
the Micro Channel IDE interface, bit 2 of port 92 was
selected. In previous systems bit 2 (port 92) was
connected to a pin in the I/O controller chip called
SECURITY OVERRIDE. SECURITY OVERRIDE is a signal
that can be mechanically jumpered to ground by a
customer engineer to override and reset the system
password. It sets port 92 bit 2 which is read by
POST during system power-up initialization. In
normal functional operation, SECURITY OVERRIDE is
a static signal tied to +5V. Because SECURITY OVERRIDE
will only be jumpered to ground in the unlikely
and infrequent case of a customer engineer making a
repair to a PS/2 system, bit 2 of port 92 is multiplexed
to monitor the IDE IRQ14 line and serve as the needed
"indicator bit" as shown in the Figure. The enable
for the multiplexer is bit 4 of port E3 which is an
output (ROM_PAGE) from the memory controller.
During POST initialization, bit 4 of port E3 is set to
0, and the SECURITY OVERRIDE signal is selected and its
polarity can be read from bit 2 of port 92. After
the necessary testing and initializations have
been done, bit 4 in port E3 is set to a 1 before exiting
POST. IDE IRQ14 is then selected through the mux
shown in the Figure and latched with a free-running
clock into bit 2 of port 92. Bit 2 of port 92 then
functions as the IDE IRQ "indicator bit".
IDE Hard Drive
I used these to run a WD2540 in 32 bit mode Same as
above, Manual installation.
Standard IDE/ESDI HD Controller
IO Range 01F0-01F7
IO Range 03F6-03F6
Though others have successfully used the
Busmaster IDE HD controller. When I set up the 540, it
was for an ISA/PCI machine with built-in IDE controller.
I was looking for as much compatibility as possible.
Large Hard Drives
From Michael Lybarger:
I just installed a Maxtor 10.2 gig
"Diamondmax" 7200 rpm unit on my 77s and upgraded to win
98 (from 95). I could not get the hard drive, CD-ROM
or floppy drive (!) to run with a protected mode
driver, as they did with my previous configuration
(using 2 SCSI 270 MB drives instead of the big IDE and
one SCSI I have now).
First I tried to use FDISK, (the
latest version, that supports 32 bit), but it would not
allow me a partition bigger than 7.23 gig or something
like that. I do not know the reason for this.
Anyway, the max blast program worked great- I got the
whole 10.2 gig (which was the primary reason for going
to win98 anyway- 95a does not support a 32 bit
FAT). As I said, once I got it set up properly on
IRQ 14, It ran in protected mode with the windows
From Ron Doran:
I have recently had great success with on
850MB Western Digital IDE drive on the connector
with no formatting problems, but the machine puked when
I tried 2 different 1024MB Seagate drives on it.
(puked=low level format) ;)
If you have a BIOS revision 07 or 08 even
if you have a drive over 4GB you don't need a
disk-manager... you only cannot install a convenience
partition on that drive. My 9577-BTG has a 4.51 GB
Seagate Barracuda installed. Works fine - but I have to
fiddle around with the ref and diags floppies once I
IDE Controller Capabilities
The on-board IDE is a "single channel" IDE but rumors say
BIOS 08 is capable to handle drives over 528 MB, mine at
home currently runs with a 650 MB, so it is in a way a
"half EIDE" interface. Pretty strange.
IDE Planar Header (Where's pin 1?)
Based on personal experience, the IDE
header on the Lacuna planar uses a polarized plug. BUT
look at the header- it uses TWO keys, one near each end.
If you have the common IDE polarized plug on your cable,
it has ONE centrally located key....
Luckily, I found a non-polarized plug (no
keys at all). All you ISA/PCI veterans know what to do if
the system refuses to boot - check
the cable pin 1. (I just turned the cable 180,
plugged it in, and it booted.)
If you do not have the uncommon dual key
plug, simply use a file or a sharp knife and
remove the polarizing key off an IDE cable you have
laying around. Note that Pin 1 is toward the riser! Look
at the planar illustration. The red marked wire goes
toward the riser!
From Dr. Jim:
If an IDE data cable is plugged in
backwards, it can hold the reset line on the motherboard
down. The result is a motherboard that appears
From Martin Adams:
I tried to install an IDE CD drive. I had
read all the stuff on Louis page on installing a IDE CD.
And reviewed all of Bob Watts notes, looked very easy. I
had a cable with out any external key so it would fit in
the weird double keyed socket. (Ed.
Look directly above this paragraph!)
I had the drive set as master, but what
ever I did, 3 different cables 3 different IDE CD's.
Another planner. Nothing would work. Damn drive door
wouldn't even open.
I was looking at the planner and it hit me.
I had assumed that pin 1 for the IDE port was on the
same end as the FDD cable. I noticed one of the middle
pins that was cut for use of a cable the was plugged to
act as a key.
I had been hooking up the cable on the
planer backwards all the time! So
note pin one for the IDE is towards the riser card.
The "Lacuna" board has a 40-pin single-channel IDE
controller port just above the FDD-port. It nicely takes
harddisks over 524MB if the Flash BIOS release is 08 or
The IDE-channel accepts two devices in the
usual master / slave configuration on a standard
IDE-cable. There is however some care required if you
want to use it simultaneously with the SCSI adapter. You
need to set the boot-sequence in the "features" properly
- to avoid problems when the system tries to boot from
an IDE CD-ROM... :-)
IDE CD-ROM on 76/77 i/s
I recently bought an IDE CD-ROM for a 9577
(VTG). I connected it on the motherboard IDE controller. It
works correctly under DOS with the following commands:
CONFIG.SYS: DEVICE=BTCDROM.SYS /D:MSCD001
AUTOEXEC.BAT C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD001 /V
But when I try to start Windows 95, everything
STOP during initialization of Windows.
You have to manually install an IDE driver in
Win95. Control Panel -> Add New Hardware. Do not let Windows
find it automatically! Add an Standard IDE/ESDI Harddisk
Controller, IRQ=14, I/O=0x170 (maybe it is 0x1F0). Now
you are able to use the CD-ROM without DOS-drivers.
IDE CD-R Burner
I have the IDE version of the Model 9576.
I want to add an IDE based CD-Reader Writer BUT can't
get the reference program to recognize the fact that
something is there.
Uhm, do you still use the IDE port for a
harddisk ? If so: check if the harddisk requires a
particular jumpering for "Master with a Slave". "Single
Drive" should be avoided consequently :-)
If you don't have a HD on the IDE port:
jumper the CD-burner as "Master". The IDE port often
dislikes the use of a "Slave only" configuration. And
check your systems' BIOS level. Those before 07 had
several limitations on the type of supported devices /
drive sizes. Take 08 at least.
IDE ZIP + Lacuna
From Bob Watts:
Since the Iomega ZIP drive is an ATAPI
compliant device, I was pretty sure it would work, but you
never know. I simply plugged it into my IDE cable, and
Windows 95 OSR2 found it and installed it instantly with
For further information, an IDE
CD-ROM device was previously on this cable, and it is
jumpered as Master, and the ZIP drive is jumpered as
Slave. Also, an IBM 0662 1 gig SCSI drive is the boot
drive, on the factory installed Future Domain controller.
S3 928 Video Drivers
S3 and Diamond merged, lookit
1. The S3-928 version used in the Lacuna contains a
"special" IBM video BIOS that includes all XGA-2 modes
to allow the use of 951x monitors with that machine.
2. The S3-928 cannot be disabled physically. It goes in
some sort of "sleep mode" when another VGA / SVGA
capable card is detected - nonetheless parts of the card
is still activated and *may* cause trouble.
Not confirmed: the early BIOS releases
below 07 seem to be more vulnerable to video
disturbances with S3 and other video cards. One thing
IBM tried to fix with 07. In either case you better use
a BIOS 08 - also for the "over 524MB HD" capability.
3. The XGA-2 card has not been announced to be used
with the "Lacuna" series anyway. IBM seems to have
removed the card from the list, because in the first
announcement of the 76i / 77i the XGA-2 is still listed
- not in the later product / option matrices and product
descriptions on the "Lacuna".
4. The 9515 and 9517 monitors are not 800 x 600 capable
*per IBM*. They can be tweaked to show an 800 x 600 like
picture, but it is distorted and the monitors have no
explicit mode for it. These screens are "XGA-2 only"
Multi-Mode screens with fixed adjusted presets. They are
If you want to run the Lacuna with most of
the possible modes switch to a 9525 or 9527 monitor. Or
any other good SVGA screen. I run my "workhorse"
9595-S30 with XGA-2 on an Eizo F35, the 9577-BTG runs
with a NEC 15XE and both do fine.
5. Nonetheless the XGA-2 (at least) will run in a
Lacuna. There might be some interference to clear out
manually during OS installs, which is the primary video
system. This is usually the one with the monitor
attached. In 99% of all cases OS'es get that right - but
sometimes the on-board video is ranked higher and the OS
gets confused. (Haven't seen that too often to be true -
but can happen).
800x640x64k under W95
The onboard-video chipset is a S3-928 SVGA.
The box runs nicely with Win 95 - will most likely also
run nice with Win98, since it has IDE and not IBM MCA
SCSI (which is only merely supported with 98). To install
the appropriate drivers for DOS/Win 3.x / Win95 see the
"W95 Setup for S3 SVGA"
setup page. This will enable your machine to use the full
potential of the S3 chipset.
Display adapter cards that use the Auxiliary
Video Extension when installed in a system require
installation in slot one (9576) or slot two (9577) and
attachment of a display to the system video connector
during configuration of the system.
Video Adapters under W95
There is no way I know of disabling the
on-board video. W95 says there is a conflict, but none
shows up under Device Mangler. You cannot successfully
configure the add-in video card.
Lacuna Video Glitch
> I have a 77s that has displayed a charming
quirk- it waves the top half inch of the screen. Not all
the time, but...
Please check the type of the Video
RAMDAC - and the origin of the S3 chip. Some
Thailand-S3s have internal bugs using an earlier
stepping mask. The RamDac should be the AT&T in this
case. These were the machines that cause massive faults
under OS/2 2.1...
The S3 chips are famed for a lot
"undocumented features" (like using an address for COM4
(? yes - think so)) and this chipset is -basically- a
VESA Local Bus chipset which is stitched in the Lacuna
planar with a hot needle.
> IIRC, the last three digits of one of the S3's
I/O ports is 2e8. Like B2e8h or something
Yep. That was it.
> If I understand this correctly, it wasn't S3's
fault that some com port hardware did faulty address
Yes and No. On MCA it wouldn't have been too bad,
because MCA *should* use a full decoding (or: 24 bits at
least, 16 bit for the I/O range), but -again- the VLB
chipset was a little buggy already, before IBM decided
to put that on a MCA platform. Who's to blame ? S3 -in
addition- delivered chipsets which were out of specs for
some series which made things worse than it already
> The workaround was to not use com4/2e8 if possible,
or to remap com4 to a different address if it was really
IBM's COM3 - 4 ports on the PS/2 were not "XT-style" so
this COM/Video interference wasn't much of a problem
here. It was *much* worse on the "Rocket" PS/VP Series
3, which were PCI/ISA with more generic layout and
addresses. They used S3 chipsets too...
> I have seen Lacunas with S3-928 Rev. G and Rev.
P. Seen both kind with either a BT or AT&T DAC also.
Most likely the -G- revisions are afflicted by what IBM
euphemistically called "video timing glitch"...
which cause the entire machine to crash under OS/2. IBM
offered various bug-fixes for OS/2 2.1 and tried to fix
the problem with modified hardware as well, which lead
to slight incompatibilities with driver versions. The
drivers for the original (un-fixed) 2.1 did not work
very well with these machines. The APARs offered for
Germany were... now... not so good. The US-APARs seem
to be better, but you should not mix different language
versions within any OS. The later series of the "Lacuna"
seemed to be more stable and especially with OS/2 Warp
the problems rarely occurred.
Some machines that have been migrated
to Win95 show up odd effects recently. Especially when
switching to and from DOS-boxes into full-screen hi-res
modes may cause the system to hang, fall into GPF or
show odd colored icons / missing icons / speckled screen
etc. This seems to be caused by a faulty, out-of-time
palette read... haven't noticed that on my machine, so
I guess the -P- level of the S3 seems to be stabilized.
Mediaburst Module FRU 71G5839
mediabst.exe DOS/Windows drivers
mediaos2.exe OS/2 2.11 drivers
mediaos2.txt readme for Mediaos2.exe
CN1 Male 68 pin VMB
U1, U2 Solder pads
U3 Vialogic VL i110 A (PowerPlay 32)
X1 32.000 MHz
X2 25.000 MHz
MediaBurst Movie Adapter expands up to
four times the window size of many software motion-video
compression algorithms, such as Video for Windows or
Ultimotion(TM), and provides access to the VESA Media
The MediaBurst Movie device driver uses
the PowerPlay 32 video accelerator chip to
provide enhanced playback of digital video. This
allows viewing of video clips in larger-sized windows or
full-screen without the degradation in speed and
picture quality usually associated with software motion
Key features of the MediaBurst Movie option include:
- Full-screen video at up to 30 frames per second (fps)
- Smooth scaling of the video image for better picture quality
- Support for IBM OS/2 MMPM/2 and Microsoft Video for Windows movie formats:
- INDEO 2.1, 3.1
- Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Resolution Supported By Mediaburst Option:
Graphics AVI File Video Smooth
Mode Colors Format Acceleration Scaling
16 ALL No No
256 8-bit Yes No
256 All Others No No
64K All Yes Yes
16M All No No
My thanks to Brad Parker for ripping apart his 77s and
sending me a scan.
Does the 77i even support ECP? My printer/CD/ZIP drive
Do the following:
- boot into reference (either disk or system partition if one installed)
- enter "Set configuration"
- find the "Parallel Port DMA" and set it to "Disable".
- press [F10] to store the config... [F3]/[F3] to leave.
That should fix the problem. The 9577 -as
most PS/2- has a "DMA-arbitrated" LPT-port, which is
neither ECP nor EPP, only "sort of". The "Disable"
directs the machine not to use DMA during bi-directional
transfers and use a contiguous data-stream.
The DMA-mode tends to miss returning
signals from PP-devices especially PP CD-ROMs, Tapes and
Zip-Drives. Some printer-drivers use the bi-directional
communication to signal details from the printer back to
Direct Connection under W95
Yes it does work. I even used the ECP port
setting with the parallel cable. Both ports were at
Parallel 2, and DMA Arbitration 1.
For a detailed description of the DCC process,
95 to 95, 95 to 3.1x, etc. check out
Connect Pages at Kime.Net
(dead, archived copy).
Parallel Port "!" under W95 with Audiovation
I was thinking way too hard on this. The default
choice for W95 to assign an IO Range for a MCA parallel
port is 3BC-3BE. BUT this conflicts with the first
memory range of the S3 928 (check resources, the first
range is 3B00-3BFF). Set your parallel port to "parallel
2" under system programs, which is the standard 378-37D
address. Then under W9x, set the IO range to
378-37A. "!" goes away.
Overclocking the Lacuna board
From Zp Gu:
This mod is relatively easy. I changed the
66.667 MHz Osc to an 80 MHz surface mount crystal osc. from
Digikey and the board is now running an AMD-133 at 160 MHz
without any problem.
The board actually has 4 thru-holes under the
Osc, but IBM chose to put an SMD instead of a half size
socket. Socket would have made life much easier. I didn't
attempt to put a socket there since I don't have the right
equipment/skill to do so. I just soldered a surface mount
80 MHz to its place.
Putting a POD83 in failed POST. I can't
imagine Intel being so tight on this, but maybe it's just
my bad luck. Running it at 83 MHz was no problem.
From Peter Wendt:
My 9577-BTG chokes at power on with a 2401
"platform video error". Obviously my S3-928 chipset
dislikes the 40 MHz base clock. On attempting to bypass
the error with [F1] - "Start operating system" the
system hangs with a GPF-screen at Win95 logon ... or
rebooted after the network adapter tried to insert into
The effect was much worse with the
Kingston Turbochip - but also noticeable with the
original DX4-100... where in addition the VRM turned
really hot ! Significantly hotter than under normal
operation - a sign that the power drawn from the DX4 at
40 MHz is "a little bit" higher than at 33 MHz.
I had only a "full size" oscillator
and needed to build a sort of "adapter" from half-size
holes to full-size socket. But that's a minor problem.
*Then* I needed to solder an adapter for the original
66.6667 MHz SMD-crystal... Aaak!
Anyone tried that modification with a
"Bermuda" ? These have MCA XGA-2 cards and no "local bus
video" as the "Lacuna". Should work a bit better there...
From Zp Gu:
This is definitely another warning to
anyone who contemplates the mod. You can't apply enough
disclaimers to this kind soldering. Mine has no
VRM, originally DX2/66 with ATT20C490-11 DAC. The cache
module feels very warm. But then again, it's always very
hot to the touch. I believe you can't set Kingston
TurboChip's level-1 cache to WB, hence it's the most
compatible upgrade (and least performing).
From Peter Wendt:
Mine has the Booktree Bt495 RAMDAC... the
cache module is the IDT 256K WT/WB with the IBM decals
(tested in both modes and without - no change). It
already gets really hot during operation - even with the
Early Lacuna Streaming Limitations
LanStreamer and EtherStreamer adapter
don't work in 76i/77i with 25 MHz planar (FRU P/N 95G9691).
Streaming mode adapter cards are not supported for use
with 76i/77i systems fitted with 25 MHz planar. The problem
is caused by a limitation of the level of Bus Interface
Controller chip used on this planar. Replace the
systemboard FRU P/N 95G9691 with FRU P/N 96G1305.
(Identification - 95G9691 = 'yellow' / 96G1305 = 'blue'
The SPD jumper to the left of the
CPU-socket sets the processor base clock of 25 or 33 MHz
- it is only present on the 25 MHz planars as far as I
know. These can be switched up to 33, but the 33 MHz
planars cannot be switched down to 25 MHz (wonder why !).
You will have to set the multiplier jumper to 3X when
you use the board in the setting with 33 MHz. The 4x /
25 MHz setting will also work - but the accesses on the
board level might be a bit slower.
The 25 MHz boards are afflicted by a flaw
in the "SynchroStream Controller": a large yellow or
blue chip somewhere in the middle of the board. If
yours is P/N 95G9691 and has the yellow SynchroStream
Controller it might not work with the faster network
adapters of the IBM Streamer series. If it is P/N
96G1305 and has the blue SynchroStream Controller it is
not afflicted by this misbehaviour. In "normal life"
this has no affect however - you only will take notice
if you use adapters that use the 80 MB/s high speed data
When the Lacunas came out there was a series
of falsely wired "speaker /power switch / LED" units -
which had the speaker wired to +5 V DC of the HD activity
LED instead to GND. Now - these machines made a lot noise
when accessing the harddisk :-)