Reply 460 of 634, by MobyGamer
FreddyV wrote on 2020-05-28, 08:29:
I had debate with some peoples in facebook group, and even in my association with Amiga Fan telling that putting an SB16 or GUS in an XT is not normal.
"Normal" needs more definition. Putting a Sound Blaster/2.0 in an XT is perfectly normal. They are 8-bit ISA cards, after all.
Putting an SB16 or a GUS in an XT, while technically possible, is not typical. Both cards were intended to be used with software that, itself, required a 286 or higher. They were definitely intended for use with 16-bit DMA transfers. The fact that they still work with 8-bit DMA transfers in some modes (SB16) or can use ports to transfer samples instead of DMA (GUS) is a happy accident, but it is neither typical nor intended.
I'm of the mindset that as long as the host hardware, or the card hardware, doesn't need to be physically modified in order to get them both working together, then it's completely fair to do so. If you have to do a hardware mod to downgrade a board, or make a board more compatible, then no, that's neither "fair" nor "normal".