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I have a vtech MB530N board revision 35-8258-03 i am in need of a manual for it

ive tried vtech's website and such a sad site it is

neways any help would be apreciated

Grant
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by:RoadWarrior
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Yup, have to agree with you there, one of the most helpless sites I've seen, one clue I did pick up though is that they OEM manufacture for other companies, which may mean that although a board says Vtech on it, it isn't thier design or responsibility to support. Did you get it out of a Vtech box?  (machine)

The name PCPartner seems linked with Vtech in some way, they seem to have a differerent board numbering scam, I mean scheme, though, see if anything in this list looks likely .....
http://www.pcpartner.com.hk/product.htm
(Match the format of the board, interfaces, socket type, etc against the list, then click on any matches to compare a picture of the board)

They probably frequently manufacture for these people or something.

Unfortunately they don't seem to have any manuals online, but thier e-mail support might be more helpful. If you are confident of an exact match from the picture though, tell them you have their board, not a "Vtech" one.

here's some US/CANADA phone numbers for vtech...
http://www.vtech-cms.com/phonenumbers.html

Hmmm, the majority of the recent boards seem to be jumperless, which leaves me wondering why you need a manual. Setup guides to recent versions of BIOS setup progs can be found at the BIOS manufacturers sites, they should cover most of what you need, though some may not apply to your board, and occasionally a manufacturer has something a little different put in.

Oh, although it may have Vtech on the board, the FCC ID number might be worth checking out, since it may give the name of the firm that engineered the product, which may lead to support info, also likewise the bios ID string might indicate a different company.

If none of that works, there's the voodoo method.....

regards,

Road Warrior


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by:RoadWarrior
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If it's a socket 7 board it might be an old PCCHIPS MB-530, manual discontinued from site. the 537 might be sufficiently similar for you to get something from that one though. Look also at the tx820 and 830 models at PCPartner though.

If it is slot 1 intel chipset, from the PC Partner site, my best guess without further info about the board would be that it might be a ..
http://www.pcpartner.com.hk/prod/bxa828d.htm
 That is a very rough guess based on  the couple of Vtech/PCPartner model equivalents listings I have.


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by:the_q58
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The board is socket 7, the number i pulled off it was printed on the middle (was the board revision number)

I bought the board second hand, hoping i could find a manual online for it

the board itself is an old VX chipset one .. so yes a manual would be incredibly helpful

and thanks for all your help .. it looks like the board is just going to end up on the junk pile
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by:RoadWarrior
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Aha, does it seem a lot like this?
http://www.houstontechnology.com/CompM530.htm

Seems more likely it is from the PCchips/Elpina/Amptron/PCware group of manufacturers. Motherboard search engines can be misleading at times.

Aha again, if it is a PC Chips M530, board it is also aliased as the Amptron PM 8900, and I can get you a manual here....

Check out the picture on this spec page to see if it matches well (may be difference in memory sockets)
http://www.amptron.com/html/pm8900.html
this is the manual in .pdf format ...
http://www.amptron.com/files/pm8900ma.zip
there are some online quick references here ...
http://www.amptron.com/html/diagrams.html
other things are findable from the toolbar at left on the Amptron main page at www.amptron.com under the support heading.

I couldn't see the IDE drivers at Amptron, but read this and download them from Intel, here....
http://developer.intel.com/design/chipsets/drivers/busmastr/

Hopefully I hit the nail on the head and you now have everything you need to get going,

Road Warrior
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Original PC Chips MB530s are listed as not being compatible with any K6 chips, by the time Amptron stuck their name on them they are said to be compatible with up to 233 (faster had lower voltage cores), so if you had a mind to run one of these in it, you may need to flash the bios. Please try it without flashing the bios first as things can go wrong in the process and it is a bit of a last ditch effort to save a truly badly behaving motherboard. If it works okay, or has bearable glitches (like maybe showing a processor speed a few digits wrong at boot, 167 instead of 166 or 232 instead of 233) then it is best to leave it alone.

Rumour has it that the most recent bios for this board blocks use of 75Mhz clock.

Also this board will not handle 64Mb DIMMs, this is due to a chipset limit.

regards,

Road Warrior
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by:the_q58
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well as we speak, the board gets power, .. kb lights up ... but nothing screen does not turn on, no beep from pc speaker

configured the cpu to whta i think is right from the mb markings .. but cant be sure as they are not that great

but if you cant find nething else tis fine, you have more than earned the points in my eyes :)
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