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#1 Mikeneedhelp

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 11:46 AM

Hi!

I need a new computer for an industrial application (running a machine) that must have 2 ISA slots.  Can I just plug a new motherboard with ISAs into any computer?

 

What information should I gather to make this happen?



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:03 PM

The ISA bus is ancient, dating back to the early 80's.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry_Standard_Architecture



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:59 PM

Hi

This will not be a inexpensive item to find unless You can find a local computer store or thrift shop that has really ole but still working computers with ISA slots.

 

I did find this searching Google with this search text

Industrial computers with ISA

Please note I have never dealt with these people.

http://www.adek.com/ATX-motherboards.html

They seem to have motherboards with 1, 2, or 3 ISA slots for example.

Or these

http://www.amazon.com/MB-P4BWA-Industrial-Motherboard-ISA-Slots/dp/B004HLOQH6

http://www.contec.com/product.php?id=548

 

In the past I used to see rackmount systems that were modular. The CPU was even on a plug in card.

Good Luck

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 11:25 AM

I run into this from time to time with telephony applications such as IVR or voicemail systems that use Dialogic POTS cards.  Some customers have systems that the ISA hardware can't be upgraded or it's cost prohibitve to upgrade to PCI or PCIe, so the PC fails and I have to locate one that still has ISA slots.  There's several companies out there that sell systems with ISA slots both old socket 478 systems and also systems based on newer chipsets.  Here's a link to a system that I've used:

 

http://www.rampcsystems.com/product/3-isa-slot-pc-p4/

 

Hard to believe these things are still available but they still are.

Joe



#5 Mikeneedhelp

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 11:46 AM

Thank you!  Still looking replace a pc.  This is great info.



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 12:10 PM

It's funny how ISA Computers are still alive. There are industrial applications that still need them. Interloper.com carries a whole array of ISA computers. See http://www.interloper.com/products/index.php?cat=358

 

Just like these legacy computers, some applications require the good old Windows 95 laptops. They can't use newer computers because they are too fast for their applications. Odd but true.






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