Reply 20 of 100, by andre_6
chinny22 wrote on 2021-05-05, 15:38:
I'm sure someone will mention the CT4180 has a CQM rather then true OPL chip but that "drawback" is overblown if you ask me and […]
I'm sure someone will mention the CT4180 has a CQM rather then true OPL chip but that "drawback" is overblown if you ask me and Vibra should be just fine, No ISA card is perfect after all.
First off test to see if the full 4GB HDD is recognised in BIOS, some motherboards max out at 500MB. no big deal if it does both hardware and software workarounds exist.
You'll need to fdisk the hard drive, as long as you use the one that comes with dos, it'll limit you to Fat16, It'll also let you create a extended partition to use the remaining 2GB if you wanted.
If your friend is any good at soldering you can simply replace the battery with a socket which should be easy enough. You can then simply replace the Dallas chip when needed, or hack a Dallas chip
https://www.classic-computers.org.nz/blog/200 … attery-chip.htm
Floppy drives aren't IDE devices and its rare for floppy controllers to support more then 2 drives. I doubt you'll use a 5.25 drive much anyway. No harm in having it in the case not hooked up if your just after the look though, just don't tell anyone 😉
Honestly I just wanted an affordable sound card as the pc came without one, as you can already suspect from my lack of knowledge I'm not exactly looking for perfect or near perfect audio experience in DOS, much less MIDI, Roland and all that can of worms. If you say it will do a serviceable job, then great. Just out of curiosity, what is the difference between the CQM vs. true OPL chip that you mentioned, if it doesn't require too much of an explanation for you?
As soon as I get to it I will check about the HDD, but your explanation is already reassuring.
I think my friend meant he doesn't think that the soldering tools he uses for the Audio PCB's are suited to Computer boards. He won't mind trying but he isn't too confident. Would you mind showing me a link for the tools that you normally use so I can show him?
In that case I think I will just keep both 3,5" original drives, but yeah, it would be a nice look! Thanks!