Mercury KOB 630e CFSFx

Hello.  I just got a free Mercury motherboard, a KOB 630e CFSFx with a "651MHz" Samuel.  What is this?  How did this come about?  I'm guessing, since it's a Socket 370, it has a Via Cyrix processor, possibly a Samuel core.  The box says that there's a "1GHz Pro on board," so am I running the FSB too slowly?

I haven't yet diagnosed the PC with either Sandra or AIDA32, but I'm guessing that if this is a 1GHz Pro, the FSB is 66MHz instead of 100, which it probably needs to be.  I want to know a lot about this because it's mine, but I'm lost.  It's not a nice feeling.  While I do research and diagnostics, could some of you please write out some stuff you know about this or give me some links?

All I have found so far are broken links.  I've only been able to download the sound driver, but that's it.  No information.

Thank you very much.
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CallandorCommented:
Most of the socket 370 motherboards were easily overclocked by running the 66 FSB at 100.  This also made the upgrade path much easier and I pushed an Abit BH6 from a 300MHz Celeron all the way up to 1GHz.  The Samuel core is indeed a Cyrix cpu, and there are references to a 667 MHz part: http://www.digit-life.com/articles/viacyrix3/
radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
It seems that the processor uess a 100MHz FSB.  I took it up to 112, the next step up as allowed by the BIOS, and got 720MHz, but the PC locked up.  Digit-life's chart showed that the Cyrix III works at 1.9V, which is exactly what the Samuel has.  Would you happen to know, by chance, if a 650MHz Samuel is faster than a 500MHz P3?
CallandorCommented:
I don't know about the Samuel, but here are some others which were included in the digit-life comparison: http://www20.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030217/cpu_charts-32.html#comparison_table
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
Wow; right on time!  The Mercury board is having strange hiccups, and it doesn't want to boot.  It doesn't even smell the slightest bit like lead.  Can someone please get me an instruction manual for this board?  I need some jumper settings.  On the other hand, can anyone give me a picture that shows the location of JP3?  The board starts with JP2, stops, goes to JP6, and has a few weird other things.  There's also a row of jumpers with saddening labels to the left and below the CPU, but the marks are squished together and completely illegible.
CallandorCommented:
I don't know if you'll be able to find a manual, but I don't think there is any harm in trying jumper combinations, if all else fails.
radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
It is clearly stated that I need to short out JP3 to make this work - it states this on the PCB.  However, nowhere on the PCB is there a JP3 labeled.  Good job, Mercury!
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radomirthegreatAuthor Commented:
I got a quick fix with a 650MHz P3 Slot1 on a free Dell system I found in my garage.  It had a P2 400, so I took that out, put in the new processor, and suddenly the PC's model number was changed to 650-PL or so.  I'm not giving up on the Mercury, though, so if you have any more input while I short out its pins, please tell me.
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