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#21 stix

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 04:51 PM

Hi Lloyd,

 

I did get some response from the programming forum. This guy has a batch of older ISA systems - He's in Arizona?

I've asked if he can pass on his email address, if so I can pm it to you and you can discuss it directly with him - if you are still interested.

 

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Edited by stix, 24 May 2018 - 04:51 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:08 PM

Indeed!  Please put him in contact with me:  lloydsp2@gmail.com!

 

Thanks!

 

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:19 PM

Ok, I'll ask him if it's ok. He has just posted me this:

 

 

Sure, but I only have incredibly used systems. As far as XP is concerned, if he has the CD/DVD, it will still install and run on most any system. We still run it here on a pair of brand new Intel 1U rack servers (3 months old), so it's also not a hardware limitation.

The real question is why does he need the ISA slot? That is where the true issue lay. It sounds as if he has an antique HBA that he needs to use for a very specific purpose. If you can find out what that card is and what the purpose is, I may have other answers (I've been working with PC design since 1981).

One thing that is available is a PCIe to ISA chassis for old MODEM cards. It's an x8 lane PCIe card with a snake that plugs into the chassis that contains 4, 8, or 16 ISA slots.

 

Give me a short answer, then I post him and ask if it's ok that you guys can converse directly.


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:36 PM

This is for a friend, not me.  It's a replacement for a computer on a piece of CNC gear that was accidentally destroyed by a careless employee.  Fortunately, the ONE full-length ISA-bus card in it was not damaged.  But the MOBO was broken right in two, and the case was crushed.

 

I have all the experience and equipment to restore the OS and application (if needed... the HD might even still be OK, too, but I have all the softs).  But I need a board (and cabinet/Power Supply) that will support XP and possesses one available full-length ISA slot.

 

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:45 PM

No probs Lloyd. I've sent him your email address.

 

His name is Tim Jones - hopefully he will contact you direct.

 

It's a bit hard for me to facilitate - I'm at my work :)


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:59 PM

Thanks, Stix!

 

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:58 PM

ISA interface cards for robots. Lovely. Yeah, i figured this was the case. I service a similar system, for a plasma cutter. By service, i mean i swapped the floppy drive for a USB device emulating floppies, and just hope the system doesn't implode on it self one day. At least this system is in a massive console "case", that you have to at the very least run over with a forklift to even dent.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 07:20 PM

Heh!  This one was in such an enclosure, also.  But they took it out to 'clean it', and while it was on the floor in front of the machine, a guy ran over it!

 

Go fig!  There are a lot of things you can do, but you cannot fix "stupid"!

 

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 08:46 PM

I have an old computer with XP on it is from the early 2000 s but I have no idea about the isa card you are talking about how can I tell if it has one?
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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:57 AM

All...

A friend FOUND me one on Ebay.  It's guaranteed operational, has multiple ISA slots, and XP-Pro already-installed.  It was also about HALF the price I was going to spend on only a MoBo...

 

Thanks, everyone!

 

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 06:37 PM

I have an old computer with XP on it is from the early 2000 s but I have no idea about the isa card you are talking about how can I tell if it has one?

Generally speaking, these interface cards were VERY proprietary. Unless you scrapped a robot from the same supplier, there would be next to no chance that you had a card. Which is where the nightmares keep having about the plasma cutter i "service" start. At least this supplier still is in business, and you CAN order a serviceable system to upgrade the robot with a new control system. But at a price that just isn't competitive compared to simply buying an all new robot, with all the bells and whistles.

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 07:24 PM

MrB,

 

YEP!  This was a proprietary controller card, and NOBODY except an owner of one of these machines would have one.  Even the vendor won't sell them, and nearly all the techs are out of spares.

 

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:34 PM

Good to see you got it all sorted Lloyd.

 

Cheers.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 04:54 AM

Yep... received the CPU yesterday afternoon, and it fired right up on the first power-up.  For $140 plus shipping, it was a good deal.

 

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