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Skyfrog



Joined: 01 Oct 2006
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Location: USA

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:24 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've recently been working on getting my 5160 back in operating condition; it had been in storage for a few years after the only working floppy drive on it failed. I ordered an XT-IDE to install in it along with a 64MB CF card, used a 720k floppy drive to install PC-DOS 3.30 on it, and I've been messing around with it for the last few days. Installed a Paradise PEGA 1A card to replace the IBM MDA card so now I have Hercules graphics support. I also wanted to find a sound card for it for Adlib and SoundBlaster support, and that's where the ESS Audiodrive comes in.

I've used this card for years previously in my 486 with no problems, though it has been sitting in a box for many years. I installed it in the XT, booted it up and ran Monkey Island and sure enough I had sound, but I had no more than started playing when I noticed the familiar, acrid smell of burning electronics. I turned off the PC immediately and started looking for the source which turned out to be the sound card. The amplifier chip was burning hot and a small surface mount resistor connected to pin 4 of the amp was charred to a crisp.

Anyway, to get to the point I was wondering if putting this card in an 8-bit slot could have killed it or could there be some other issue with my PC, or did the card just die due to old capacitors shorting or something? I have many other cards in the computer and it all seems to work fine so I'm guessing it was a problem with the card. I'm kind of bummed about losing it anyway, I've always liked this card.
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T-R-A



Joined: 02 Oct 2004
Posts: 580
Location: Western NC

PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Unlikely that putting it in an 8 bit slot killed it, but you know not to put anything in slot 8 (unless it's compatible), right?

http://www.minuszerodegrees.net/5160/misc/5160_slot_8.htm
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