Type 2 Complex
Reference and Diagnostic Disks
Specifications
      Memory supported, cache, features 
      Can I use a Kingston Turbochip?
      ODP vs. ODPR
      Support for >1GB Disks as IML Drive 
      Overclock attempt
      Identify H and L Complexes
      In Defense of the L
"H" / Upgrade 486SX 25 MHz  92F0079
 "L" / Upgrade 486DX2 50/25  92F0161
171 Post Errors on 8595 and 9595 systems
486SX-25 Diskette Data Loss ECA


"L" / Upgrade 486DX2 50/25  92F0161  "H" 92F0079 is similar...
U5 89F5724  Memory Controller 
U6 DMA Controller
U7 BIOS
U8 486 Socket (5v)
U9 487 Socket H models only!
U10 64F8781Memory Data Buffer 
U16 89F5415  MCA Buffer 
Y1 50 MHz Osc (half can or SMD)

U6 Variants
    Some Type-2 (92F0079) suffer from an "incompetent DMA-chip", which is P/N 92F1428 at position U6/GA-M on the card. Working Type-2s 92F0079 have a DMA-chip P/N 10G7808 at U6/GA-M. If U6/GA-M is 10G7808 a Turbochip should work fine.
   The earlier Type-2 use the 92F1428 -  which ends the experiment in odd results (permanent I9990044, 605 FDD errors, permanent 165 errors and inability to read from FDD).

Complex BIOS Needed for >1GB IML
     Type 2 complexes require a BIOS 41G9361 to handle drives >1GB. You will also need the 92F2244 / 92F2245 SCSI BIOS on the SCSI adapter to properly address >1GB drives.
 The module is available for some Type 1 and Type 2 processor boards *only*.  All other processor boards have previously implemented these capabilities.

  The upgrade provides the following additional capabilities:
  1. Adapter ROM memory  more efficiently utilized to minimize  adapter configuration conflicts.
  2. BIOS support for fixed disks up to 3.94 gigabytes per device.
  3. Supports "Search IML" from any PUN (Physical Unit Number) or  SCSI ID.  The system partition is no longer restricted to only SCSI ID=6.  Each fixed disk ID will be searched for a valid system partition.
  4. Allows redundant system partitions (IML).
  5. Sharing of SCSI devices.  An external SCSI device, such as the 3511, may be shared between two system units.

  The following models are affected:
  2. Type 2 processor systems, Model 0HX.  ( "X" may  be any character.)
     PROCESSOR  FRU P/N   MODEL             EPROM P/N        LOC.
     25MHZ SX   92F0079   0HX                  N/A           U16
  It was called the "8590/95 Dual Booting Capability EPROM Package"  "8590/95 Dual Booting Capability EPROM Package"

    Type 2         PART NUMBER 61G2835

  NOTE:  Use the latest refdisk and diags. See above...

Y1 Functions
   Swapping a 66.667Mhz osc in for the 50MHz one will result in a 00010200 code in the upper left hand of the screen and a system hang.
   The Y1 Oscillator drives both the data bus and the DMA controller. 0001 02XX ROM checksum or timer error.

ID H and L Complexes
   Both H and L have no L2 cache socket OR solder pads for one.

   H models (92F0079) came with a 486SX-25 in U8 and have a second socket (U9) for a 487 copro or a 486DX2-50 ODP upgrade chip. They will accept a Turbochip if the DMA controller is the good one.
   L models  (92F0161)came with a 486DX2-50 in U8 and have only solder pads at the U9 location. They will take a ODPR  or (with the good DMA controller) a Turbochip.



Reference and Diagnostics Disk

Reference Disk for Type 2
Diagnostics for Type 2



Specifications

Memory
Min/Max on system board: 8/64MB 
RAM: DRAM (PS/2 72-pin SIMM) 70ns parity checked (8 sockets) 
       The PS/2 486DX2-50 Processor Upgrade Option supports a maximum of 64MB of parity memory, 16MB of which are addressable by DMA.  The PS/2 486DX2-50 Processor Upgrade Option does not support 85ns memory SIMMs.

ROM: 128kb 
Cache: 8kb L1, 0kb L2 (no socket for cache)
Features
* No Level 2 cache socket on complex.
* H models socketed for a 487 copro or a 486DX2-50 MHz upgrade chip.
* High speed 25 MHz DMA - now synchronous with 486; 24 bit DMA.
* Faster bus arbitration (than Base 1) for better busmaster performance.
* Memory controller supports both interleaved (higher performance –pairs of SIMMs) and non-interleaved memory (allows single SIMMs). 
* 20 MB per second data transfer support (for MCA bus).

ODP vs. ODPR 
  The 169 pin is the ODP-version - substitutes a 487SX with the 486SX still in place. Important on  boards with soldered CPU or a second socket.
   The 168 pin is the ODPR-version, where the -R- stands for "Replace" ... it replaces the 486SX / 486DX respectively and does not need the "SX-disable" pin therefore. 

I Speak for the Humble L!
Actually Tony Ingenoso said
   Austin DID do some LAN server performance modeling along these lines and determined that there WAS a gain to be had from a dual 386 machine as a 386 file server could become CPU bound.  Once a 486DX-33 was fitted, even the heaviest traffic hitting the server wasn't enough to saturate the DX33 in a pure file server role.
    My own casual observations of the lowly (and IMO brilliant) DX2-50 T2 complex  validated Austin's results.  With all NT4 Server's performance monitoring turned on I was never unable to saturate the stock CPU on a 9595-0LF in a pure file server role.  It might run up to 80%, maybe even peak to 90%, but it never became saturated at 100%.  This was with several other PC hammering it over a 16mb T/R LAN.  Operating within its design purpose, doing what it was sold to do -- a stock T2 was is a word "sufficient" to the task in all respects, and remains so even today when run in a pure file server role.
    The problem is that TODAY, we are asking these machines to take on more than they were  intended to do initially.  Modern "desktop" usage has a dramatically different use profile than pure file servers have, and it shows.  GUI's are a big drag on performance, and the 95's placement of the video on the bus hurts quite a bit as well.



171 Post Errors on 8595 and 9595 systems
   Symptom: A 00017100 (171) error occurs on POST (Power-On System Test). This problem may occur on 8595/9595 models xLx or xHx systems during the installation of a LANStreamer MC32, MC16 or EtherStreamer MC32 in slot 8.
    Fix: Do not install any of the above referenced adapters in slot 8. Relocate the adapter to one of the other Micro Channel slots. No further engineering action is planned.

ECA100 - 8590/95, 486-SX-25MHZ DISKETTE DATA LOSS
   This problem may allow bad data to be read from or written to a device WITHOUT any error indications or other evidence of system failure. This affects any device attached to the floppy controller that is "seen" as a floppy drive, such as some tape backup devices.

AFFECTED SYSTEMS:
   All systems using the 486SX/25MHZ complex FRU P/N92F0079. 

 NOTES:
 The following adapters are no longer supported due to this problem:
   5.25 INCH DISKETTE ADAPTER/A (6451007), 4869-001 360KB External Floppy and 4869-002 1.2MB External Floppy
   These adapters use a seperate device driver (not BIOS), and DMA verify. Updating the system partition will NOT cure the problem.

Complex Main Page

9595 Main Page

002 1.2MB External Floppy
   These adapters use a seperate device driver (not BIOS), and DMA verify. Updating the system partition will NOT cure the problem.

Complex Main Page

9595 Main Page