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Does ISA sound card run with Windows XP

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Old 16-06-2009
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Does ISA sound card run with Windows XP
  

hello friends,

Actually, I am using an ISA sound card in my Windows 98 computer which is working quite nicely. In my secondary machine which is Windows XP, I want to check whether ISA sound card would work or not. So, I was just wondering how many people actually still use ISA cards in their machines, or secondary machines?

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Re: Does ISA sound card run with Windows XP

I used ISA sound cards till November last year. It worked very well. After that, I upgraded my whole computer system. So presently, I am not using any ISA cards...
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Re: Does ISA sound card run with Windows XP

My cousin has EISA sound card in his computer whereas I am using 3 ISA videocards (2 colour, 1 monochrome) and one ISA sound card which is working really well
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Re: Does ISA sound card run with Windows XP

No, ISA sound cards won't work in your Windows XP. ISA slots were limited uptil Pentium 2 only. So, it would work fine in your Windows 98. After that, Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 came up with PCI slots and there after every upgraded versions use PCI slots only. Now-a-days, ISA slots are not in use.
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Re: Does ISA sound card run with Windows XP

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Originally Posted by maxforu View Post
No, ISA sound cards won't work in your Windows XP. ISA slots were limited uptil Pentium 2 only. So, it would work fine in your Windows 98. After that, Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 came up with PCI slots and there after every upgraded versions use PCI slots only. Now-a-days, ISA slots are not in use.
maxforu, you are a bit wrong. ISA bus isn't tied to particular Intel CPU model. Then, OS isn't tied to it too.

I have unnamed PC box (made it myself). Here I have iPentium 3 in the Gigabyte mainboard. The mainboard also has several ISA slots (in addition to several PCI slots + 1 AGP). Here I run WinME and WinXP.

MS states it clearly, WinXP supports ISApnp cards:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/connect/pci/isa-bus.mspx
(actually, ISA bus is supported right through to Windows Server 2008, just not enabled by default)

Non-pnp ISA cards are also supported in some way on WinXP:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279819

The problem may be finding device drivers for your soundcard. I have one based on OPTi 82C931 chip, but the it's NT3.5 drivers doesn't work with XP.

So here you may need to write WDM Audio driver yourself (or order such service from some skilled programmer


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