[clug] Rescuing old motherboards the hard way

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Thu Jun 24 06:18:38 MDT 2010

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On 06/24/2010 04:22 PM, Jason wrote:
> Hi paul, are these the Advantec lcd screen thingies I see in my google
> search? Amazing coincidence in name if they are not, they look like they
> are just a plug in module for a larger machine though not a motherboard,
> are you sure thats the right name?

Sadly, the results for "NAMB-6200" generally show two things - the two row
sixteen character LCD display (which is on the front of the case - something
like the 6200B LCMP) and the 8 port (or 12 port) ethernet adapter board that
plugs in the front (something like the 6200BCF).  But this is definitely the
full motherboard, marked NAMB-6200 and a revision number.

On 06/24/2010 03:53 PM, Michael Carden wrote:
> Each one has only two possible states though. How long can it possibly
> take to try them all?

It's got about a dozen jumpers; so, about 4096 possibilities.  It takes about
a minute to change the jumper and wait for the thing to boot, so I'd say
that's over a week of changing jumpers for an eight-hour working day.  Thanks,
but no thanks.

Just for laughs, I phoned up the supplier of the motherboard, whose Australian
representative reckoned they didn't make anything like that.  However, I now
have to take that with a pinch of salt, because:

On 06/24/2010 04:38 PM, Jason wrote:
> Following up my earlier email its not something like this?

Yes, that's the one, with some vendor badging.  Excellent.  Now I know what to
ask for, I can ask them for the motherboard spec sheet for it.

Amusingly, the top hit on Google for this model motherboard is now:



Have fun,

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