In article <JCONGER.93May3105...
@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu (James A Conger II) writes:
Rabbit droppings (as I call the phenomemnon you describe :->) are almost
exclusively caused by hardware problems. Some things that I have seen that
1) Video memory (0xA0000-0xAFFFF) is being cached. Video memory
should NEVER be cached.
2) Bus speed set too high for the video card to handle.
3) Bus speed set too low for the video card to handle (really -
I've had things work fine on an 11Mhz bus, and flake out on
an 8.33Mhz bus).
4) Dot-clock too high for video memory speed. Usually shows up in
cheap boards with 80 or 100ns DRAMs, and the video mode is using
a dot-clock above about 50MHz. A GOOD board should have 70 or
even 60ns DRAMs.
5) Poorly-designed 0-wait-state circuitry. Some boards go bonkers
at high dot-clock settings if the ISA-bus 0-wait-state mode is
enabled (which is usually is). In my experience, this problem
starts out as rabbit-droppings, and as the dot-clock gets higher,
can actually lock up the bus (and thereby hang the system).
In your case, changing the BIOS may have changed some of the timing
parameters between the ET4000 and the video memory, hence resolving the
problem on the bus itself.
This should probably be in the FAQ somewhere.
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