ISA to PCI or Serial Converter?
September 21, 2006 7:16 AM Subscribe
Converting an ISA card to something usable in a modern system?
posted by voidcontext to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've got a few ISA cards that I'd like to put into newer servers. Right now they are in older Pentium-class boxes running Windows 98. The original manufacturer is willing to take the cards and put them into an external enclosure with a serial interface for a total in the thousands of dollars.
There is no alternative source for these cards, it's a very niche sort of product. It's possible to order new ones, but they are actually the exact same cards as the ones I've already got, and just come in external enclosures from the get go.
I am hoping that it's something I can do myself. I have looked around for a converter or enclosure, but with little luck. I know there are still remnants of the ISA subsystem in modern computers to run things like the floppy drive and serial ports, which what I'm hoping to tap in to. Is this possible? Or is the external enclosure a custom made thing this company came up with?
I did find a similiar question
, but the solution in that thread was to replace the ISA SCSI card with a PCI SCSI card, and that's not an option in this case.