First post, by Gahhhrrrlic
Bit of preamble: I am trying to rebuild/upgrade my 386. Got my CPU/FPU upgrades and since my ide controller kinda burnt out I got myself a brand new SCSI controller and Quantum HDD to go with it. Unfortunately this had a downside that I did not anticipate.
While the Adaptec card easily accommodates the hard drive and both my floppy devices, I forgot about my CD drive, which is IDE. I have no free 16 bit ISA slots left in my computer for another controller so I thought I was screwed but then I noticed there's a built-in IDE socket on my sound card. I don't really understand why it's there but I assume it has something to do with playing CD music directly off the card.
Anyway the purpose of this thread is to figure out how to use it. I tried the usual boot disks that contain generic CD drivers... which usually work but in this case they fail to detect the CD drive. The next thing that occurred to me is, maybe I need to install the sound card drivers before the IDE device can be detected. However I do not know of the sound drivers activate the IDE or whether I need additional drivers specific to that function, to enable it. Even if I do install the drivers, not sure how to detect the drive. Is it done the same way by just loading a generic cdrom driver in the autoexec and it will find it through the sound card or do I need some special addressing command to find it there?
At the end of the day I just want to know if anyone has run a plain old cd drive off their sound card before and how they set it up. Thanks.
Side question: Does running off the sound card reduce cpu overhead ?