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I have an old ISA controller card for this Bernoulli drive. How can i connect it to a newer computer. It uses a 37 pin connector. i cannot find an adapter to a newer technology device.

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SMPS CONNECTION DIAGRAM


Not a problem, but it would be handier to have the manufacturer Name, and Model Number.

(Back of computer on a sticker, next to the Windows product key, or up on the side of the computer tower )


SMPS = Switched-Mode Power Supply. The style used in personal computers now,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply

A) Main power cable:
There are three styles;

1) The old AT style that has two separate connectors. The connectors BOTH connectors have BLACK wires towards one side.

The connectors also have ONLY one way, (Direction), they can be plugged onto the motherboard.
This is due to the Lock, and Locating Tab on the motherboard connector/s, and the main power cables connector/s.

When you can plug the connectors on the motherboard, with both connector's BLACK wires facing each other, (They will be in the middle), you have them installed correctly,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#oldpc

2) The newer ATX style. Uses one power cable, and connector.
First style to come out was the 20-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

20-pin ATX main power cable's connector, has a LOCK on one side.
This Lock locks over a Locating Tab, on the female motherboard connector.

To remove this power cable you squeeze in on the Top of the Lock.
The Lock operates like a see-saw on a playground. When you squeeze the top in, you remove it's hooked end away, from the Locating Tab of the motherboard connector.

To be ensured that this cable is plugged in tightly, and correctly, the Lock's hooked end will be over the Locating Tab, on the motherboard connector.

3) The newest style is the 24-pin ATX main power cable.
As computer hardware evolved, and became better, it demanded more power.
The extra 4 pins of the 24-pin ATX main power cable provided this,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

[ Aftermarket power supply manufacturers, provide power supply's with a 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable, usually.
You can use it as a 20-pin ATX main power cable, or use the additional 4 pin cable, and use it as a 24-pin ATX main power cable ]

4) Motherboard didn't provide enough power for newer Processors.
The 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable was brought out.
(Has Lock with Locating Tab on the motherboard connector, also)

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

5) Motherboard didn't provide enough power for high-end graphics card.
4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable didn't help.
The 6-pin PCI Express power cable was brought out,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#pciexpress

Plugs into a graphics card.

[ Note*
In all power cables, Red wires are 5 Volts. Yellow wires are 12 Volts. ALL Black wires are Ground wires ]

Next in line was two versions of the 8-pin power cable.

A) 8-pin EPS +12 Volt power cable.
Originally brought out for server computers, that has multiple Processors.
Plugs into the motherboard.

B) 8-pin PCI Express power cable.
Brought out for more power, than a 6-pin PCI Express power cable could put out.
Plugs into a graphics card.

(6-pin PCI Express power cable is capable of handling 75 Watts.
8-pin PCI Express power cable will handle 150 Watts )

If you have an IDE (PATA) harddrive, a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable is what you need. ('Molex' is the slang term for it's connector)

If you have a SATA harddrive you need a 15-pin SATA power cable.

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, AND a SATA power cable;

ONLY USE the SATA power cable!

If you use both you will burn out the harddrive. Maybe not immediately, but I assure you down the road you will.
(Do not use just a single 4-pin standard peripheral power cable, either)

Optical drive/s use a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, if they are IDE (PATA) units.
If they are SATA units they use a SATA power cable.

The old Floppy Drives use a 4-pin small Peripheral power cable.
Same cable plugs into a Card Reader, also.

The plastic front of your computer is the Front Panel.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the cables, (Wires), from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

Sometimes abbreviated on the motherboard as;
F_PANEL 1, or FP1, etc.

I will need to know the computer manufacturer name, and Model Number, (HP = Product Number, or P/N), or the manufacturer name, and Model Number of the motherboard, to TRY to provide this information.

Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Apr 12, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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A coma computer enthusiast has installed an old ISA sound card in his PC. However, it locks up and doesn?t work when a tape backup unit is used on the system. What is the most likely cause of the problem...


ISA is a very old technology and cards usually require switches or links to be set to avoid conflicts with other cards. ISA is not plug-n-play like PCI or PCI-e.
The software talks to an ISA card by knowing parameters such as IRQ number, DMA number, address range. These values may be permanently set on some cards, while others allow changing via the DIL switches or jumper links. To get two ISA cards working in one PC, the two cards need to use their own IRQ, DMA & address ranges. Make sure there are no conflicts of settings on the sound card and the tape drive card.
Try changing the settings on one of the cards. The tape drive may be the easiest for this. The tape drive is probably connected via a ISA to SCSI interface card. This should have DIP switches or Links to allow the above settings to be changed.

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I have an HP m1050y Media Center XP desktop pc, and I need to replace the video card to run some new software that requires OpenGL2.0 support. The software manufacturer suggested upgrading to at least a...


These newer video cards should be able to fit in your computer. According to HP, you have a PCI Express slot, which is what the video cards use to communicate. It is a first generation slot, however, so you won't get maximum performance out of a lot of the newest or highest end cards. One of the 9800 or 4XXX series cards should do nicely. The only other thing you should be concerned with is the power supply, which should probably be sufficient, wattage wise. All these video cards require a direct connection to the power supply, so you need to see if your power supply has the connectors required. You will need either a dedicated video card connector, or 2 molex connectors, which is probably what you'll have. Molex connectors normally attach to hard drives and CD drives. They have 4 pins in a single row and there are usually multiple connectors on the same cable. If you have 2 of these open, you can use an adapter to convert them into one of the PCI power connectors, which has 6 pins in 2 rows. The video card might come with one (they often do), but if it doesn't, one shouldn't cost more than a few dollars. Good luck!

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How do I install a new CD drive in an old destop computer It is an old Compaq Presario 5WV254 The existing CD drive has a ribbon type connector that mates up to the pins on the drive plus a 4 pin module...


The Compaq Presario SWV254 Desktop PC uses IDE technology, not SATA.
In the specifications for the above Desktop PC, it states ATAPI is used for the interface technology, and connector, for the optical drive/s.

[IDE is also referred to as PATA. Parallel ATA
SATA is Serial ATA.
The PATA designation was implemented, so that computer users could easily distinct between IDE, and SATA technology]

1) The IDE interface cable, (Flat ribbon cable), has a connector on each end with 40 socket holes.
(39 are actually used. Most of the time, one socket hole is blocked off. (Pin 32)

2) The SATA interface cable has 7 contact pins. Also referred to as a Data cable.

3) The IDE devices, (Harddrive and optical drive), use a 4-pin Molex connector for the power cable.

4) The SATA devices use a 15-pin connector on the end of the power cable.

More info on SATA,

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

The Samsung SH223C optical drive is a SATA device.
You cannot just plug it in.

IF, you have an open, (Available), PCI slot on the motherboard, you can use a SATA adapter card.
The SATA adapter card plugs into the PCI slot, and has the necessary connections on the card, for a SATA interface cable.

(NOTE*
Just for the SATA interface cable. Does not have a connection for the SATA power cable, you need.

You have to buy a 4-pin Molex to SATA power cable adapter, and connect it to an available 4-pin Molex power cable, on your power supply.

You will also need a SATA data cable. The interface cable that goes from the SATA adapter card, to the SATA optical drive you're trying to install)

This is an example of a SATA adapter card. It is not an advertisement for said website, nor manufacturer,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1281807&CatId=1455

Jan 06, 2010 | Compaq Computers & Internet

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I need adapter connectors


It's not just the connectors - it's a whole different system. You should have bought the older type drive.
There may be adaptor cards that can fit internally but I don't think you'll get the benefit of SATA if the motherboard is not SATA compatible. (I might be wrong though - I'm a mac specialist)

Nov 11, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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15 pin to USB adapter


Since it is old, it may be easier to install a 5.00 used PCI sound card (you may even have one laying around) and use its' 15 pin gameport connector.
CH Products used to sell a 'Gameport III' PCI card.
A simple PCI card which offered two 15 pin gameports.


gl

Oct 15, 2009 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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Need to up grade Components


Almost all of the newer power supplies use the black connectors - and generally come with one or two white connectors for older hardware. The best recommendation I can give you is to open the box and make sure the power supply will fit inside your computer, and the screw holes match the ones on your old power supply. Other than that it's normally a fairly easy process to change power supplies on newer computers.

Sep 24, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Gateway computer and ether net card will not plug in


There have been several varients of buss slots over the years from Vesa to ISA8bit ISA16bit EISA 32bit and PCI32 and PCI64 and more recently the PCIE and PCIE16 bus slots.
at a guess I would say that the card yrom your old gateway is a VESA or ISA16 card and the newer gateway is a PCI
the way to Identify an ISA card is to look at the edge connector that plugs into the motherboard, the ISA 8bit will have 31 sections to it the 16bit varient than has an aditional 18 connects on a sepparate section. this connection is much lager than the PCI bus slot even though PCI has over 50 connectors. VESA cards are lager again and have 3 sections to their edge connectors - the boards are not interchangeable.

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How to use ISA Slot in PCI Slot


There is an adapter available if you look on computer sites for product purchases, try to google it as there or companies than make such items, might be harder to find as PCI and ISA are older connectors and even AGP is begin phased out an PCI express is the lading connector. Google ISA to PCI adapter and see what you can get your compangies to pruchases from. Your local computer hardware shop might have it call first and ask before driving out there, If you find nothing try calling Tigerdirect as they might have older stock, you never know, If to no avail you will have to try and locate an older Motherboard with the two conncectors on it and run that if possible, or find this certain ISA card you're talking about in PCI. Good luck! :)

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Old hard drive new computer


I would suggest not even connecting the old drive to this computer. The stats on your new computer are pretty proficient for everyday personal use. I wouldn't use it has a slave drive considering it is pretty small and probably pretty old. You'd have to get some different adaptors to connect your 39 pin drive. Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear. I'm just a college student and this is what I'd do.

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