Well if so nice, i dont mind some symbolic (i dont accept anything higher that 2 bucks) donate 😀
Haha! I might just have to do that... That, or I'll try and find some old software or hardware you might be interested in, yeah?
I think that you would be first who will test some of that industrial risers with ISA slots, but for this you need also special MBs - where is cpu on special card etc. Otherwise for modern MB are proven only these PCIe to PCI risers, where is working lots of things - Pericom chips seems to be better than ASM1083.. but soundcards are not working with them, but network cards, usb controllers, videocards etc are.
Ah, I see.
You know, I think I might have found a potential long-term solution to this problem... I wonder if this has been mentioned here in the past? This Taiwanese company sells different kits for making your own PCI to ISA adapter card:
The cores of the kits are a pair of Winbond W83628F & W83629D integrated circuits, which work together to translate the ISA-signals to PCI and back. These two IC's were created to work with Intel's i810 chipset with LPC - not sure if this messes up compatibility for later chipsets, but I'm guessing as long as they've got an LPC, it should work, yeah?
I also found these guys:
Whom created another, port-to-ISA converter card, of their own design. (this one is intended for the proprietary ports on a TiVO video-system)
They're all involved in Open Source and Linux development, and even had their boards, schematics and everything, published and spread to their community! So, perhaps we could ask them about tips on how to use the kits from that Taiwanese company?
The instructions mention how we need to know which I/O and memory address-ranges the card we want to plug in utilizes as well - SO...!
1. What's the BEST, or MOST COMPATIBLE ISA sound card?
2. And where do we find detailed documentation on it?
Which ISA sound-card would you select if you could have any you wanted, Ruthan? I suggest we start with that one, and then perhaps one other, to see if they use the same ranges - would be neat if a potential adapter could be used for more than one Sound card, but we can't count on it.
Concerning the potential drivers needed for this thing, I believe that Mateusz Viste might be the man to contact, since he has already written an LPT driver for FreeDos:
https://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/fr … tml/lptdrv.html
This is his website:
Perhaps we can convince him to write a driver for a card like the above?
Btw, I used to train to become an electronics repair-man and assistant electrical engineer, so if someone can somehow sponsor me, I would be willing to give assembling one of these kits and making an ISA-card work on a PCI-port a try - I would have to learn a lot, but I am willing, and there seems to be pretty good documentation.
Cool! They sell a development test-board, of a programmable ISA-card! At least I think so? This way, one can then test various signals, without putting your own, actual real ISA-card into this test-contraption. Well, gents - I think we have found what we need...