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Hardware Upgrade for precision 210 A10bios

  • I have recently aquired a Dell Precision 210 and updated the bios to A10. I would like to know if anyone has info on the dual processor and system memory capacities after the upgrade? I think original upgrade for the cpu's is up to 800Mhz? What is max capacity on matched cpu's after update to bios? Can I use 2 matched 933Mhz w/100Mb FSB? Also, what voltage should they be rated and what is largest L1 and L2 cache I can use? With 4 banks of sdram, what is largest stick of ram for each bank I can use with A10 bios? Also, one last question is, can I install USB hi-speed 2.0 PCI card and add 300Mb external HDD?
    Any and all comments, links to pertinent specs, experiences will be greatly appreciated and well used.
    thanx, eek7

  • The release notes for the bios has some info. I think A14 is the latest bios.
    There is no such thing as 933 cpus at 100mhz fsb. 100mhz FSB is the MAX for the 210/410 motherboard.
    So if they work they will not run at rated speed.  I believe you need Bios A14 then the cpu jumper speed can be set to the lowest speed and the 933's will run at 700mhz.  I have used Dual 533's running at 400mhz just fine with Bios A14.

    Max ram is 512 megs using 128 meg modules.

    Max CPU is 1.0Ghz coppermine 100mhz fsb cpu.

     

     

    Message Edited by SpeedStep on 11-23-2005 10:50 AM

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  • Hey Speed,

    Thanx for the info. I wasn't sure if 933's were made in 100fsb or not. I was just putting some specs up to see if anyone could help. I was wondering if you might have time to take a look at this link and see if you think this will work with this system ok:  

    http://shopping.netledger.com/s.nl/c.ACCT72136/sc.2/category.7/it.A/id.200/.f

     

    Also, could you possibly post a link to the A14 bios upgrade?  Maybe I am looking in the wrong place but I am failing to find it. Do you think the USB harddrive will work on this system with a hi-speed pci card?

     

    any help is greatly appreciated!!

    thanx, eek7

  • The multipliers are ratios of .5 or 1 with the 933's being 7.0 7 X 133 = 933 and 7 x 100 = 700
    Any ending in X33 or X66 is a 133mhz cpu. The EB or B aka 600EB/800EB/1000EB also designates 133mhz fsb.
    Not sure if they messed up on the Speed. I would check with Powerleap to make sure.


    Looks like A10 is the latest. A14 is for the precision 410.

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    BIOS Release Notes

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A10
    Release Date: August 16, 2000
    The following problems in the A09 BIOS was corrected to generate the A10 BIOS:
    1. Add the service tag to Type 1 structure in SMBIOS.
    2. Added Nvidia specific power-management support for the AGP card.
    3. Update the signon screen to the year 2000.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A09
    Release Date: February 16, 2000
    The following problems in the A08 BIOS was corrected to generate the A09 BIOS:
    1. Change copyrights to 2000.
    2. Support newer steppings of Pentium III Processors.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A08
    Release Date: December 20, 1999
    The following problems in the A07 BIOS was corrected to generate the A08 BIOS:
    1. Fix possible slow NVRAM writes on some flash parts.
    2. Change MAX supported cpu speed from 600 Mhz to 800 Mhz in SMBIOS.
    3. Update CPU microcodes for supported processors.
    4. Update NIC boot PXE code to 0.99n code to fix routed servers issue.
    5. FIX hang when going into setup on 1st boot after corrupting svc/asset tag.
    6. Add support for different memory vendors.
    7. Better support for 7-character service tags.
    8. Don't allow LBA access to non-AUTO_TYPE drives.
    9. FIX Yellow bang in ACPI mode when parallel port is at 3bc.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A07
    Release Date: October 19, 1999
    The following problems in the A05 BIOS was corrected to generate the A07 BIOS:
    1. Fix possible stop at Windows "Safe to shutdown" screen with autoshutdown
    driver installed with APM.
    2. Fix possible 7-digit-service tag problems.
    3. Fix formatting of Chassis Intrusion field in system setup.
    4. Removed code that forces 1.44 mode when more than 15 sectors on a
    5.25 floppy diskette.
    5. Fix possible time-out on flash EEPROM erases (MFG only).
    6. Updated microcode for new Pentium III.
    7. Put the boot connection vectors and strings in a fixed place, so they
    will not cause boot device list defaulting (after this rev).
    8. Add minor ACPI changes for Windows 2000.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A05
    Release Date: July 20, 1999
    The following problems in the A04 BIOS was corrected to generate the A05 BIOS:
    1. Fix 'day of month' code in setup to not allow invalid dates.
    2. Add new Microcode updates for all supported processors.
    4. Add ACPI/WuOL changes for win98 & win2k.
    5. Add support for 7-digit service tag.
    6. FIX 32-bit PCI_SET_HW_INT call.
    7. Add support for LS-120 ATAPI floppy drive.
    8. Add support for 4meg flash BIOS parts on the motherboard.
    9. Added beep on "ALT-F" command in setup.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A04
    Release Date: April 30, 1999
    The following problems in the A03 BIOS was corrected to generate the A04 BIOS:
    1. Update Microcode for Pentium III.
    2. Fix possible owner tag corruption on fast CPU's.
    3. Fix possible no-boot hang with fast single CPU.
    4. ACPI DELL OEMID string now all caps ("DELL").
    5. Fix possible PNP errors with non-compliant ISA PnP modems.
    6. Add support for Minitower chassis.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A03
    Release Date: February 17, 1999
    The following problems in the A02 BIOS was corrected to generate the A03 BIOS:
    1. Halt if mismatched Processors are found (speed, Pentium II/III, cache size).
    2. Display new date in setup screen if midnight occurs.
    3. Add support for Pentium III processors.
    4. Add support to enable/disable Pentium III 'Processor Serial Number' feature
    (using the dell utility SN_ONOFF.COM).
    5. Update SMBIOS records for CPU's and cache.
    6. Fix ISA security card hanging boot after it's rom disappears.
    7. Pack PCI ROM's to save ROM space, and fill unused space.
    8. Enable PCI ISA Enable bit in bridges for WIN 2000.
    9. Update CDROM Boot code to work better with Teac IDE CDROM.
    10. Upgraded microcode updates for Pentium II and Pentium III.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A02
    Release Date: November 17, 1998
    The following problems in the A01 BIOS was corrected to generate the A02 BIOS:
    1. Added multiprocessor ACPI support.
    2. Fixed intermittent "Previous voltage warning" after remote BIOS update.
    3. Fixed potential hang on next boot after hard shutdown of NT or Win95.
    4. Fixed chassis intrusion glitch.
    5. Added new PXE 0.99j.02 ROM.
    6. Added IBM PCI Token Ring Wakeup on LAN support.
    7. Fixed not able to get into Setup when keyboard error is disabled.
    8. Fixed potential system lockup when running Dell Open Manage Client 4.2.
    9. Upgraded microcode updates for Pentium II A0 and A1 step.
    10. Added workaround for 3DLabs GMX 2000 graphics card hang in POST.
    11. Halt the system for bad DIMM (66MHz or out-of-rev).
    12. Fixed keyboard boot hang with scanner wand.

    System: Precision WorkStation 210
    Version: A01
    Release Date: October 8, 1998
    The following problem in the A00 BIOS was corrected to generate the A01 BIOS:
    1. Added core chipset 440BX C1 stepping support.

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