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'[OT] Using an ISA card w/laptop'
John P. Leonard
All this talk about XT's with IDE drives got me thinking about a project
I'd thought about in the past, but shrugged it off. (But that was BEFORE
I got wired into you guys!) Here's the situation:
I use a PC live with musical group for synthesizer sequencing,
lighting control, etc. In the past 5 years, we've damaged 2 CRT's
and crashed ~4-5 Hdrives. I'd like to use my laptop instead, but
we use an internal ISA MIDI card; short of buying a docking
station, is there any way to connect it to the laptop? (via its
PCMCIA port, maybe?)
John Leonard, Instr. Tech. Electron Hacker
College of Science & Engineering Bit Banger
Saginaw Valley State University Fretless Bassist
University Center, MI USA 48710 Dad
|If you have a true "Docking station" for your laptop, you could
install the ISA card in that Dock & be handled.
Find a MIDI PCMCIA card? They may well exist.
I know Parallel Technologies - a local company I've worked with in the
past - makes a parallel port MIDI adapter (Or at least it "should" be on
the market by now! They're fast to get things running.) That might do
Make a custom PC up that uses a laptop drive, mounted in shock mounts
(I can suggest how to make these, basically think cutting a regular
laptop drive mount apart & using foam tape and rubber to hold things
together.) Cheapish & pretty shock safe.
Find a SanDisk solid state IDE drive. Use in the above rig instead of
a laptop rotating media drive <G>
Mark Willis, nwlink.commwillis
John P. Leonard wrote:
> Hiho all,
> All this talk about XT's with IDE drives got me thinking about a project
> I'd thought about in the past, but shrugged it off. (But that was BEFORE
> I got wired into you guys!) Here's the situation:
John P. Leonard wrote:
> In the past 5 years, we've damaged 2 CRT's and crashed ~4-5 Hdrives.
> I'd like to use my laptop instead, but ...
But why FGS? Laptops surely cost *three times* as much as basic PCs
and are twice as easy to damage. Are you trying to tell me laptop
drives are more robust? *Gong!*
As described, I'd just keep buying the cheapest drives and monitors.
They make bike helmets from styro, don't they? I think you can get it
in cans. Just spray styro over all the non-ventilation areas of your PC
and monitor or glue low-density 2" stock panels all over them. (Low-
density has more "squish" than standard mould-set.) May do to add a fan
to the monitor. Then cover them in carpet.
|Paul B. Webster VK2BZC wrote:
Guessing here that it's the bass component of the sound that's doing
the damage; Maybe use a shock mount for a desktop HDD (3.5" HDD in a
5.25" slot, would do) if you want.
(Could you run the whole thing off floppies? Probably not, it's a
WinApp of course.)
Sound absorbing blocking between the room's speakers/monitors & the
system case, maybe? Another thought, could you run the PC in another
room, through something like a Cybex Extender? (Not cheap but cheaper
than replacing HDD's again & again!) I don't know how long a MIDI cable
can be, but this can remote your keyboard/mouse/monitor up to 100 feet
with good usability...
Also, for this application, I'd NOT use a Quantum Bigfoot drive (I'm
told they're quite sensitive to tilt and roll-type motion as the head
arm is so long, and tend to head crash if tilted or rolled while spun
up; I imagine lots of bass volume would perhaps have the same effect!)
Nothing against them so long as not used in high vibration
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