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installing IDE/EIDE CDROM drive

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I have an old Win95 486 that has a Panasonic 563 CDROM
hanging off a SoundBlaster Pro card.  I'd like to upgrade to
an IDE or EIDE CDROM.  My BIOS is old, from '92, I believe -
probably non-LBA.  Do I have to worry about the age of the
BIOS, or should I simply be able to slap the CDROM in as I
would a slave (E)IDE hard drive?
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No problem. Just slave it. The bios won't see it in all likelihood unless it's pnp. You may have to use the real mode device driver to get it recognized.
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That was answered and accepted quickly! (While I was typing mine)
Here it is anyway, FWIW:

You don't have to worry about the BIOS if you have or install a suitable IDE controller to operate your new CD-ROM drive.
The controller on your Soundblaster is for Panasonic's proprietary interface, which the CR-563 uses.
Let me know if you need more.
Regards,
Ralph

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Thanks Ralph,

without trying it out, is there anyway to know whether or not the IDE controller
is "suitable?"  I can tell you that it presently has a Western Digital 540M IDE
drive on it, and in the past I have slaved an Western Digital 850M IDE on the
same controller (but that second drive is not in the 486 now)

Matt

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It will work fine.
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