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By nlavon ·
I wanted to network two computers at home. One is a VAR Win98SE computer with a Belkin F5D5000 NIC; the other is an ancient HP Pavillion 3100 with a P166 chip. The manual for the HP clearly stated that the sole expansion slot on the motherboard was a "non-bus mastering slot" and the slot is a shared PCI/ISA slot. I found a card to work in there and networked the two (finally!) but at a 10 mbps speed.

I am just wondering if there is any way to change the motherboard non-bus mastering slot toa bus mastering slot so I can insert a faster card. Can this be done through any BIOS changes or is this just a hardware limitation? The PC is a pizza-box style case, and the motherboard is custom-made for HP but I can't tell by whom and the diagnostics I've tried report the maker as unknown. So far, I've been unable to unearth anything anywhere about such a question. Hope somebody can help! Thanks...

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by pmutchler In reply to Bus Mastering?

I'm pretty sure you've run into a hardware limitation. You can try contacting HP directly to see if they can give you any additional information on that model but I think you may have to change the motherboard to accomplish what you want.

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by TheChas In reply to Bus Mastering?

The only possability for changing the slot to a buss-mastering type would be a BIOS upgrade.

If HP doesn't have one, you are out of luck.
I would not sugest trying to use a generic BIOS from the MB mfg, even if you find them.

There is a link from the Award / Phoenix BIOS page to a 3rd party BIOS writer.
I checked with them once when I had a corrupted BIOS. At $80, I opted to replace the MB.

For around $100 or less, you should be able to find a more powerful PC to replace the HP.

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by nlavon In reply to Bus Mastering?

Thanks for the answer and sorry for the late reply. I found a card to go into a non-bus mastering slot and 10 mpbs and it seems to work okay. I'm stuck with the HP for awhile at least but it has proved a nice alternative when someone else is using the main computer. Appreciate it.

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