[Off-Topic] Pentium Motherboard
After installing slink on my old 386, I salvaged a Pentium box from work
that was to be sent to the trash. I have very little experience with
Pentium motherboards since I've only owned a 486 and 386. The problem is
the motherboard (and ASUS motherboard)was stripped of everything except a
1.44 floppy and the chip. Now I want to rebuild this machine so I don't
have to run slink on the 386 (sloooooow...). My questions were:
1. It seems there's a VGA controller built into the motherboard with an
accompanying serial cable to attach to a monitor. Does this mean I no
longer need a video card like in older 486/386 models?
2. All memory was stripped (except for what I believe is a lithium CMOS
battery). When I tried turning it on, there's no startup seen on my
monitor. Am I correct in assuming I need some memory for the BIOS to
load? Or is this related to Question 1 (ie I need to purchase a video
3. Looking at the ports, I noticed some 8 bit slots (no Vesa Local Bus
slots though) and some shorter ports I did not recognize. Are these PCI
4. Additionally, there appears to a Com Port controller built into the
motherboard (like the Video question above). Is this also a trend to
integrate serial card controllers into the motherboard now?
I realize these are pretty amateur questions but it's been a while since
I've worked with newer hardware (lack of cashflow and time) but it would
be really nice to upgrade to a Pentium machine from the 386.
Thanks in advance,