Re: Has anyone ever heard of a "PC Chips" M851LU Motherboard ?
From: Peter A. Stavrakoglou (ntotrr_at_optonline.net)
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 11:22:47 GMT
"Michael J. Apollyon" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > >Newegg has a motherboard small motherboard brand I've never
> > >heard of; PC CHIPS and the model is M851LU. I can find
> > >very little about this via google, and if the manufacturer's
> > >web site has a manual, I can't find it.
> > >
> > >http://www.pcchipsusa.com/prod-m851luv13.asp
> > >
> > >I'd like to run linux on it. Does anyone know anything
> about this
> > >thing ?
> > PC Chips is one of those outfits that garnered a shitty
> > early on and for many people (me included) that bad taste has
> > left. Thusly, if someone gave one to me, I'd see how far I
> > throw it.
> Hehe. We run across various PC Chips systems and components
> under a plethora of other names (PCWare, Amptron, Eurone,
> Matsonic, et al). I've seen some odd behavior from them over
> the years ranging from nonfunctional ACPI and DMA, intentional
> underclocked bus speeds (100MHz reported, ~90MHz actual),
> drivers which are labeled Not For Production, flaky BIOSs,
> chipset obfuscation, etc. To their credit, quality has been
> improved somewhat. Once they're up and running, they're
> usually fine.
> Like many, I have never really forgiven them for the fake cache
> debacle from the 486 days. If cost is an issue, I would go
> with other low-cost boards from ECS or ASRock.
ECS is owned by PCChips. I wouldn't buy any PCChips board for
whatever small amount they cost. I did purchase an ECS board for one
computer in the house knowing that PCChips owned the company but
reveiws have been good so I took a chance. So far, so good. I have
had bad experience with ABIT boards - two of them went bad. One had
bad caps and the other had an IDE controller go bad. I've had enough
of ABIT boards based on this. I have an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe in my
system and a Chaintech 7VJL in my oldest son's computer and they both
are rock-solid. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another board from either