[vcf-midatlantic] ISA BIOS extension board?

Dean Notarnicola dean.notarnicola at vcfed.org
Thu Feb 6 21:45:59 EST 2020


XT-IDE should work for you

On Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 9:09 PM Richard Cini via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> All –
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>                 I have an old 486 “shoe box”/industrial PC from 1994 that
> I want to toss a larger hard drive in to use with some Windows 3.11
> experiments I’m doing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have LBA BIOS extensions,
> so I’m capped at 540MB. I have one from WD, but it’s kind of creaky. So, I
> pulled out a 1.2G drive I had and installed OnTrack 9.57 which works fine.
> However, I feel kind of funny relying on the software wedge because you
> need to make custom boot diskettes, etc.
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>                 So, I was looking for an ISA card with the LBA BIOS
> extensions. I know they made them years ago, but I don’t know exactly what
> they are called, so I’m not having much success in locating one.
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> There may be other options like using an XT-IDE (if it does LBA; can’t
> tell) or maybe a different IDE card. Problem is that space is very limited
> (only 3 slots) and it has to be a low/short card to avoid interfering with
> the CPU fan.
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> Any other suggestions/advice welcome. Right now I’m going to run with the
> 540MB drive I have, but I would like to find a better solution.
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> Thanks!
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> Rich
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> Rich Cini
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> http://www.classiccmp.org/cini
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> http://www.classiccmp.org/altair32
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