Anyone know what this old expansion card is?

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Jordan
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Anyone know what this old expansion card is?

Post by Jordan » Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:43 pm

It seems to be a CD-audio board, but it has no obvious labels or discerning features. Windows doesn't detect anything related to it. I figure there's a really simple program that controls the drive directly off the board. If anyone recognizes it or has any information, let me know. It's not a terribly useful thing but not knowing about it is annoying.

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Oh, this card came out of an ancient computer being thrown out at my school. Also inside it was an IBM 5250 Emulator card. Some internet sites have them for sale for around $300 and ebay's got one for about $100. If I can I'd like to sell it, but i highly doubt there is a market for them. If anybody's in need of one, look no further! If not, it'll stay in my collection of vintage computer bits.
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Post by Dave Rave » Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:03 am

CD1 input says it's a sound card
bottom row says it's an ISA card
you would need to have drivers set up and working properly for the setting s on the card for it to work right.

it won't work past win2k, so i wouldn't fret it much
it has A speaker out, not even a mike in
ugh

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Post by Dave Rave » Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:04 am

windows won't auto-detect it as it won't be PnP

if you scan for new hardware, it might show details

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Post by jaybird » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:09 am

I have an old 486 machine that has a card just like that controling an after-market Panasonic CD-ROM drive. I'll look tonight when I get home from work. It came as a complete "up-grade" kit, board, cable, drive, etc.

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Post by davd_bob » Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:08 pm

I got one somewhere in the past and as already stated it is:
1) 8bit ISA
2) IDE interface...to the best of my limited knowledge only works with 1x CD drives.
(I tried a Conner 20meg jumpered for 8bit but never got mine to work on that or any HD nor even the after-market Panasonic cdrom it came connected to.)
3) It does require drivers and isn't PNP. (Extreem legacy device with no practicle use in todays world.)
4) Not exactly a sound card. The jack is a line-out. You might as well plug powered speakers into the front of the drive though.

It does however run pretty cool so no fans needed.
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Post by Jordan » Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:31 pm

I figured this would be a good place to seek info on the card. Thanks for the information.
Now i just have to find some sort of driver and see if I can get it to do something.
Oddly enough, the CD Drive in the PC was a 1999 40x drive, so I guess the original drive had been removed but the card had stayed in. My school always seems to be junking strange old PC's. The case had a crazy dipswitch controlled 3 digit LCD too, so i've had the idea to try and cram my BP6 in there and have the LCD say BP6. The joys of too much spare time!
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