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tempest
April 20th, 2016, 12:09 PM
Is there any real reason to spring for an official IBM Game Port Card (like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/300848250079) or will a clone card do just as well (like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/162025496520)? I'm looking for the best compatibility with joysticks.

vwestlife
April 20th, 2016, 12:36 PM
Instead of taking up a whole slot just to get a game port, why not get a sound card that includes a game port?

SomeGuy
April 20th, 2016, 12:51 PM
Unless you are trying to go for all genuine IBM parts, no.

Some Multi I/O cards also have built in game ports. But a multi/IO card you have to be sure your system doesn't have any existing or built in devices (serial/parallel/clock/FDC) that might conflict.

Stone
April 20th, 2016, 01:53 PM
But a multi/IO card you have to be sure your system doesn't have any existing or built in devices (serial/parallel/clock/FDC) that might conflict.DUH!

The only built-in device that I am aware of on a 5150 is the CPU!!!!! :-)

krebizfan
April 20th, 2016, 02:00 PM
DUH!

The only built-in device that I am aware of on a 5150 is the CPU!!!!! :-)

Wow, how quickly both the cassette port and keyboard port get forgotten.

SomeGuy
April 20th, 2016, 02:23 PM
I was being general. He may have some existing I/O card(s) that he might not want to replace, and in another thread he was talking about an XT clone that DID have a bunch of I/O stuff on the motherboard.

Stone
April 20th, 2016, 02:49 PM
Wow, how quickly both the cassette port and keyboard port get forgotten.And they would conflict with?????

Osgeld
April 20th, 2016, 03:09 PM
Instead of taking up a whole slot just to get a game port, why not get a sound card that includes a game port?

Thats my vote, back in the day I had one of those 8 bit sound blaster cards that was sold at radio shack with a cheap pair of speakers, a even cheaper joystick and a load of shareware on my ATT 6300, good times playing commander keen on the green screen with 8 bit music and sfx!

tempest
April 20th, 2016, 03:24 PM
Have a weird MultiTech all in one card ( a SixPacPlus clone of some sort) that I *think* has a game port on it but I was told that those tend to not be compatible with games.

Are there any games that would actually run on a 5150 that would make use of a sound blaster? That seems a little too advanced for such an old machine.

3pcedev
April 20th, 2016, 03:45 PM
Space quest III worked; albeit slowly but surely. I have played it through at 4.77mhz which was possible but noticeably slower than a 286. I think most Sierra SCI0 games from that era would also work (again, slowly). They all had soundblaster support for music and sound effects with the requirement of an 8088.

That's all I really know of, but I am sure there are a small handful of other games. In other words yes; but very few.

tempest
April 20th, 2016, 04:18 PM
Anyone know of a good Soundblaster/Gameport card for a 5150? Are they very expensive?

3pcedev
April 20th, 2016, 04:54 PM
Soundblaster 2.0 is my recommendation. The last one I purchased was around $20 or $30; however they may have gone up in price since then.

Soundblaster 1.0 will also work; but they are very collectable and hence expensive.

Later Soundblasters (SB PRO) have a 16 bit edge connector; however they only use the extra pins for accessing higher DMA/IRQ's. I have used these in 8-bit machines and provided you stick to lower IRQ's it worked for me; however this may be hit and miss.

Avoid very late soundblasters (Vibra 16) as they required pseudo PnP (at least a 386) to autoset the IRQ/DMA.

mrcity
April 20th, 2016, 10:06 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/300848250079

Looks like it's coming from Dallas. I bought one of these (NIB unsealed) from a store called Computer Reset right off I-635 & Skillman for $20 cash. I wonder if it's the same fellow. If you're in Dallas, you should check out that place, chat him up, and maybe you'd get a better price too. That seller's other auctions seem to have a lot of PCjr stuff, which he showed me a ton of last time I was there...


good times playing commander keen on the green screen with 8 bit music and sfx!

Ooh, one of my faves! Never played it on a green screen. Wonder if I could play the shareware version on my 5151 -- figured the graphics would be a bit too advanced to render properly...

vwestlife
April 21st, 2016, 04:29 AM
Looks like it's coming from Dallas. I bought one of these (NIB unsealed) from a store called Computer Reset right off I-635 & Skillman for $20 cash. I wonder if it's the same fellow. If you're in Dallas, you should check out that place, chat him up, and maybe you'd get a better price too. That seller's other auctions seem to have a lot of PCjr stuff, which he showed me a ton of last time I was there...

Computer Reset is a longtime IBM PCjr and PC Convertible specialist:

http://www.c-reset.com/index.html