ISA-PCI Conversion possible? (About MS's PC 98 Specs)

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <>
Date: Sat Apr 4 05:11:43 1998

Hotze wrote:
> OK.. I've been thinking about this for a while. ISA's going to die, at
> least according to MS's PC '98 specs. Knowing how most designers comply to
> MS's hardware design, it looks like ISA's future is dim. Now, on top of all
> the old ISA cards I've collected, I just got an AWE 64, and my scanner and
> PCMCIA cards are ISA-based. So, is it possible to make a device that will
> make an ISA card fit into a PCI socket? Is anyone making them?

I definitely won't say it's impossible -- at my age I've given up
making judgements like that on technical matters. I will say that
it's a non-trivial problem and likely to produce underwhelming
performance compared to native PCI boards. My own preference is
to keep at least one machine (like I would ever cut it down to
that!) to which the old equipment is native and network it to the
newer equipment as I acquire it. Then again, I don't pay a lot of
attention to MS's hardware specs, since the only times I run their
software is to play games or to figure out how to get something
running in DOSEMU or WABI under Linux -- most of my emulators of
old 8-bit equipment (Tandy, Apple, Atari, etc.) work just fine
that way, and I really _don't need_ the bells and whistles in the
latest Microsoft Office(tm) suite except when an employer insists
upon it at work, and eight times out of ten I manage to get
around it there as well.
Ward Griffiths
They say that politics makes strange bedfellows.
Of course, the main reason they cuddle up is to screw somebody else.
				Michael Flynn, _Rogue Star_
Received on Sat Apr 04 1998 - 05:11:43 BST

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