8-bit video cards in new systems?

From: John Higginbotham <higginbo_at_netpath.net>
Date: Mon Jul 6 19:48:24 1998

At 06:25 PM 7/6/98 +0100, Tony Duell wrote:

>Many modern machines will take an MDA or CGA card with no problems, I am
>sure. But I could believe that there are some that don't.

All the clone systems I have ever built or worked on supported MDA/CGA in
BIOS, and also took 8-bit cards. I even had an MDA running in a Tandy
1000TX with CGA onboard. No hitches there, but that machine isn't exactly
one of "today's" systems. I'd be skeptical of any of the newer proprietary
systems, PB, Comaq, Dell, AST all spring to mind.

>Don't you just tell it it has no hard drive installed, and rely on the
>BIOS extension on the 8 bit hard disk controller?

Talking Sony CD-ROM here. I don't think those little 8-bit proprietary
cards were even BIOS driven.

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