Packard Bell 540/550/560 M/Board

540/550/560 Motherboard Diagram

Installing a video expansion card will automatically disable the onboard video controller.



J1H1Flash Boot Block1-2
Recovery Mode
Normal Mode *
J1H2Flash Write1-2
Enabled *
J1H3CMOS Setup1-2
Enable *
Normal *
J1H5VGA Mode1-2
Colour *
J1H6CMOS Clear1-2
Normal *
J1J1CPU Speed1-2
J1J2Clock Multiplier1-2
J9N1CPU Voltage Sel.1-2

* Indicates default value.


The battery is a Dallas DS 12887 real time clock and CMOS battery integrated into the RTC chip.


The BIOS in the PB540/550/560 is contained in Flash EEPROM, and it can be updated via software. If the Flash BIOS is corrupted during an update, it is possible to recover it.

To run the BIOS update,

1. Insert the update diskette into drive A: and reboot the system.
2. When the opening dialogue appears, press (enter).
3. The Main Menu will appear on the screen.
4. Select "Update Flash Memory Area from a file" using the Down Arrow key.
5. Press (enter).
6. The UPDATE FLASH AREA dialog box appears on the screen.
7. Select "Update System Bios".
8. Press (enter).
9. Press the Down Arrow key to select 1007BC0R.BIO file.
10. Press (enter).
11. Highlight the (continue with programming)option and press (enter).
12. Remove the disk from drive A and press (enter).

BIOS Recovery

To recover from a corrupted BIOS, perform the following steps:

1. Turn off the system.
2. Remove the system's case and move the jumper block on J1H1 from pins 2-3 to pins 1-2. Leave the jumper block on J1H2 pins 1-2 in place.
3. Place the update diskette in drive A: and turn on the system.
4. There will be no video display during the BIOS recovery, this is due to the small amount of code available in the non-erasable boot block area.
5. After the system boots, it will beep once and the floppy drive light should light up. The system is copying the recovery code into the Flash EEPROM.
6. Just before the recovery completes, the system will beep twice. Once this occurs, watch the floppy drive light. When the light goes off, turn off the system.
7. Move the jumper block on J1H1 from pins 1-2 back to pins 2-3.
8. Turn the system on and repeat the steps for updating the BIOS.

Cache Upgrade

Comes with 16KB internal cache (integrated into the CPU), and 256KB Secondary External Cache (Soldered on-board).This is not upgradable.

CPU Upgrades

Each motherboard can accommodate the following CPUs:

The PB540/550/560 is only upgradable with the Pentium Overdrive for Pentium Systems.

CPU TypeJ1J1: CPU Base SpeedJ1J2: Clock Multiplier
Pentium 75MHz1-22-3
Pentium 90MHz2-32-3
Pentium 100MHz1-21-2

Memory Upgrades

SIMM speed must be 70ns or faster.

The SIMMs are 4/8/16/32MB 72-pin and can be x32 or x36. The motherboard design does not require parity checking, hence x32 simms can be purchased.The motherboard will not use EDO, only Fast Page Mode SIMMs will operate correctly in this motherboard.

Some motherboards may have 2 or 4 SIMM sockets. Therefore, allowing a maximum of either 72 or 136 MB.

SIMMs are inserted in Bank A or B, sockets J5D1 - J6D1. One Bank must be filled when the upgrade is done. Some systems may have a second bank (A) for a maximum of 136MB.

Video Memory Upgrade

The PB540 can be upgraded to 2MB video memory using two 256Kx16-70ns SOJ DRAM chips.The video memory upgrade is inserted in sockets U10A1 and U11A1. Pin 1 is at the front right corner of the socket. To install the chip, insert it into the socket and push it on the chip until it snaps into place.