Awkward IO card
Posted on 1998-07-21
The other day I bought a combined IO card - 2 com ports, an LPT port, a joystick port, plus floppy and IDE channels. Mostly, the card is fine. I have set the jumpers for the com ports to be 3 and 4 so they cohabit with the ones on the motherboard. The LPT port is quit happy to live with the one on the motherboard too, set at LPT2. The joystick port and floppy port I have disabled - the joystick conflicts with the one on the sound blaster, and I don't need the floppy. The IDE is the problem. I bought the card (amongst other things) to get an extra channel for discs, but it only works when the primary onboard IDE channel is disabled. When it is enabled, and there are drives attached to all channels the computer sticks on the bios screen.
So... the question. Do I have to take this card back to the shop, or is there a way around this problem. There isn't too much bother with taking it back - they told me explicitly that it would work with my existing channels, so I should have a good case.
But then... question 2... Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement card. Something which has at least one lpt port and one IDE channel, preferably more, and also preferable would be some com ports.
Thanks in advance...