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8. I/O Device Hacks > 75. Let Windows Tell You About I/O Card Conflicts

Let Windows Tell You About I/O Card Conflicts

Early SCSI adapters and sound cards arrived in the PC market at about the same time. With only the known IBM PC design reference to go by, and no industry-standards group to keep track of who was developing what devices, none of the designers of various devices knew what the others were doing. In the face of limited available resources, everyone scrambled to establish a foothold and hoped they didn’t get trampled.

It was not uncommon to encounter a SCSI host adapter and a sound card that both used the same address (often 220h or 330h). Obviously if both adapters used the same address this combination would not work. If software addressed the sound card, it would wrongly get the attention of the SCSI host adapter; if software addressed the SCSI host adapter, it would wrongly get the attention of the sound card.


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