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    Default IDE controller for 8-bit ISA slot (IBM PC XT & compatibles)

    As I’m trying to make some room and raise funds for other gear, I’ve decided to sell 2 of these IDE controllers. Although they might not seem that special, they are in fact quite hard to find and very useful for IBM PC XT machines and compatibles. Normally you wouldn’t be able to use regular IDE hard disks on such computers due to the 8-bit ISA bus, whereas IDE uses 16-bit. However, these cards contain some extra logic to link the two together.

    These 2 are spare parts, as I’m currently using another one with my own IBM PC XT. I’m very pleased with it, as it gives you reliable storage and replacement hard disks are really easy and cheap to find. And with a cheap IDE-CF adapter, you should even be able to use Compact Flash cards. In my opinion, it’s a much better solution than the MFM drives you often find inside XT-class machines.

    The cards appear to be unused, as they’re still nicely packaged and the connectors show no wear. I haven’t tested them, but I have no reason to assume that they’re faulty. Also included is a manual, which explains the jumper settings and how to install the card. Do keep in mind that the on-board BIOS of this card can’t handle very large hard disks, so you’ll have to reformat them to a smaller size by following the included instructions. According to the manual, the maximum size would be 152MB, which is plenty for an XT anyway.

    I’ve included some pictures of the cards. The unpacked card is the one I’m currently using. The ones that I’m selling (the packaged ones in the 2nd picture) do have a backplate attached.

    I’m looking for €40 + shipping for each one of these cards.
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    Last edited by Lennart; 4th August 2012 at 21:39. Reason: Updated price

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    Interestingly, those cards will also work with the Amiga A2088 bridgeboard.

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    Rather epic bump, as these are still for sale. Lowering the price for a single card to €40 + shipping.

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    Default Is this one still up for sale?

    I'm wondering if you still have these cards for sale.

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    Yup, they're still for sale.

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    That's great news.

    OK, maybe it's a dumb question, but I've got to ask anyhow: these cards are presumably able to boot an XT from a 32MB CF card, right?

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    That's right, it has an on-board BIOS which allows an XT to boot from the attached device. My own IBM PC XT boots from one of these cards with a 1GB IDE HDD attached (formatted to 152MB, as that's the maximum that the BIOS of the card supports). By using an IDE-CF adapter you should be able to make it boot from your CF-card as well.

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    Declaring interest in one of these cards...
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    To clarify, Botavaro has inquired via PM about the shipping costs and more or less declared interest in these two cards (but not publicly in this thread, so please do so in order to comply with Amibay rules!).

    Fortunately I do have yet another one, as I purchased a couple of these when I had the chance. I was originally intending to keep that one as a spare when I started this thread, but the one I'm using has held up for several years now, so I don't mind selling another one. I'll PM you about shipping costs shortly.

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    Also declaring interest in one of these cards...
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