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  •  This takes me back to the old days... (3+ / 0-)
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    jabney, Odysseus, freerad

    ...where I used to work, the City of Chicago.

    When we started using PC's (real circle-B IBM 5150's!), we usually had three of the 5 slots filled, and the 4th blocked by the connectors from the SixPack card. We graduated to 16-bit ISA slots, then MicroChannel, then mixed ISA/PCI, then all PCI. In most cases we got  minimal machines, wherein most of the expansion slots were left empty, and rarely had even a full complement of RAM. Yet we were expected to run CAD software, traffic simulation softwear, operate scanners, etc. I had to improvise with a used USB/SCSI adapter for that last item, as the 8-bit ISA card that had originally come with the ScanJet III had nowhere to go, and had be disposed of in the ValuePoint that I had been using to run the scanner before we faced a reorganization and two moves. I was almost ready to install a salvaged PCI SCSI card on my machine when I retired!

    I visited recently and observed that my section now has all-in-one flat-panel units (non-touchscreen), and I have no idea what number of PCI or PCIe slots are in them!

    I use older laptops at home, these days.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 03:18:35 PM PST

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    •  A Bad SCSI Card Or a Bad PCI Slot Fried (1+ / 0-)
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      ...one older, but still nice motherboard, that I know of.

      Not all older is worth it. But some might say that having two ISA slots with CardD was worth the effort. Any idea what the last intel chipset that had an ISA slots was?

      best,

      john

      Strange that a harp of thousand strings should keep in tune so long

      by jabney on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 04:10:04 PM PST

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      •  Dunno about the last ISA-supporting chipset... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...but that SCSI card I mentioned gave one of our Compaq Prolinea's a fit when our IT maven tried installing it: locked the machine up completely. It was otherwise funstional in the Valuepoint, and the Prolinea worked ok afterwards. Too bad I couldn't snag the scanner, as it had great depth-of-field, and worked ok with the USB adapter I had.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 04:20:03 PM PST

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