[mythtv-users] Sort of OT, but about the Chaintech 7NIF2
filbo at armory.com
Wed Sep 15 06:17:59 EDT 2004
David Levine <curiouskangaroo at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is sort of off-topic, since it isn't directly about MythTV.
> However, it is about hardware that I purchased for MythTV, and from
> what I understand it is very popular among MythTV users.
> I bought a Chaintech 7NIF2 motherboard, which arrived today. Every
> photo I've seen of it (including in its own manual) shows a north
> bridge cooling fan. Mine doesn't have such a fan - instead it has a
> very tall heatsink on top of it. Is this a known variation of the
> motherboard? Before I even start to use it, I want to make sure I got
> the right one! (The box was not sealed, so I suppose its entirely
> possible that the wrong motherboard was in the box). Is there a
> quick-and-easy way to positively identify the motherboard without
> hooking it up? (can't hook it up because half of my components,
> including the CPU, have not yet arrived)
I'm also still waiting on components -- NewEgg somehow shipped me a used
(and abused) case. Anyway...
My Chaintech 7NIF2 arrived in an unopened box (don't remember if it was
actually sealed), black with yellow lettering, variously labeled
"CHAINTECH"; "7NIF2 NVIDIA nForce 2 IGP+MCP"; "SUMMIT Motherboard
series". Contents of box:
Manual labeled "CT-7NIF2 USER's GUIDE"
I/O panel (fits into hole in case, presents icons for connectors)
flat gray IDE ribbon cable (40-pin)
flat gray floppy ribbon cable (34-pin)
COM2 bracket (fits into back of an unused PCI slot)
CD-ROM "NVIDIA all in one pack Driver" "Version 2.2" "P/N: 9434025022"
Title page of manual says:
AMD(R) Socket A
NVIDIA nForce 2 IGP+ MCP
The silkscreen on the board is a dark color, perhaps a dark olive green
or brown (looking at it in low light right now).
After long searching, here are some identifying marks:
Almost exactly between the heatsink'd north bridge and the un-covered
south bridge ("nVIDIA nForce2 MCP") is a little silkscreened box:
JP23: Green LED
| 1-2 | Chaintech |
| 2-3 | OEM |
This is the only mention I could find of the manufacturer; no mention of
model. Not confidence inspiring (but on the plus side, the manual has
company name, address, URL, and even the president's signature!)
The north bridge heatsink is between 2 and 2.5cm tall, consists of an
8x9 array of rectangular silver-colored metal pillars. As long as it
doesn't overheat, I'm much happier with a heatsink...
Between the last PCI slot and edge of the board you will find a box with
5 contact pads, an arrow pointing to it labeled "CN13 SPDIF CON.". This
is your nonexistent S/PDIF connector.
Near the center of that same side of the board is a "CN7 SMART CARD"
Underside of board has a yellow barcode sticker "S/N: C 0407..." and a
white barcode sticker "* 17N27... *"
Hope that helps,
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