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    Can't find motherboard with ALL these features

    Could someone help me out, I've searched high and low but cannot find a motherboard with ALL the following features:

    Intel 975 chipset
    Supports 533 DDR2 RAM
    At least 1 x PCI-e x16 port
    At least 3 x PCI 2.2
    Parallel port
    Support for at least 3 IDE devices (including 1 ATAPI device) ie 2 IDE channels.
    + several SATA


    It seems like a simple list...I thought the Asus P5W DH Deluxe would fit the bill but discovered [thankfully in time] that it doesn't have a parallel port. All the Asus975 boards that have parallel ports have only 2 PCI 2.2 slots or just 1 IDE port so they're no good.

    Am I asking too much?
    Last edited by Gibbo; 20-02-2007 at 11:52 AM.
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    what do you need the parallel port for anyhoo?

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      • Memory:
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      • Storage:
      • 2 x 250GB SATA 1 x 120GB PATA 1 x 80GB PATA
      • Graphics card(s):
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      • Antec TX1050
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      • Orange [:eek:] 8meg running @ 5288kbps last time I tested it http://www.speedtest.net
    MOTU 8 x 8 midi interface.
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    Can you not use either a PCI Parallel card or a USB to Parallel adaptor?

    This then would open up the range of boards you can use

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    I don't know of one, but the 975X Platinum PowerUp Edition has everything on your list but only 2 PCI ports. Could you swap one of your PCI devices for a PCIe device?

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    • Gibbo's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5QL-E
      • CPU:
      • Q9550 4x2.833GHz with Noctua NHU12 cooler
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 2x2Gb TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066)
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 250GB SATA 1 x 120GB PATA 1 x 80GB PATA
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit 9800GT 512Mb - - Soundcard: RME HDSP9632
      • PSU:
      • Tagan BZ700
      • Case:
      • Antec TX1050
      • Operating System:
      • XP Pro Sp3
      • Monitor(s):
      • Iiyama PLE2200WSB
      • Internet:
      • Orange [:eek:] 8meg running @ 5288kbps last time I tested it http://www.speedtest.net
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee @ SCAN View Post
    USB to Parallel adaptor?
    I was unaware such a device existed but that could well be the solution. I assume the data transfer rate is more than adequate?
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    if you're interfacing with a computer program, that looks for incoming data on a parallel port, it wont be possible, but if thats not the case then yes, it would be a good idea.

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    • Gibbo's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5QL-E
      • CPU:
      • Q9550 4x2.833GHz with Noctua NHU12 cooler
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 2x2Gb TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066)
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 250GB SATA 1 x 120GB PATA 1 x 80GB PATA
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit 9800GT 512Mb - - Soundcard: RME HDSP9632
      • PSU:
      • Tagan BZ700
      • Case:
      • Antec TX1050
      • Operating System:
      • XP Pro Sp3
      • Monitor(s):
      • Iiyama PLE2200WSB
      • Internet:
      • Orange [:eek:] 8meg running @ 5288kbps last time I tested it http://www.speedtest.net
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B View Post
    if you're interfacing with a computer program, that looks for incoming data on a parallel port, it wont be possible, but if thats not the case then yes, it would be a good idea.

    Sonar won't specifically look for data on the parallel port.
    As long as the midi interface is recognised in the device manager as a midi port then I should be able to tell Sonar to look for midi data there. Sonar can accomodate midi interfaces via PCI/Parallel/USB/Firewire as long as device manager is able to install the midi device.

    So I don't anticipate a problem with a USB-Parallel conversion...I hope.

    However - might there be driver issues?
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    converters can be picked up in Maplin for only a few bob, so its worth a shot on current hardware to see if it works

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    p5wdg2 workstation pro. not cheap, but ticks all the boxes. ish. has 2x pci and 2x pci-x (full-length 64-bit pci) which is fine for regular pci devices.

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    wait, my mistake, only has one IDE connector

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    you could use the extra PCI-X slot for an IDE controller?

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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
      • Corsair 2x2Gb TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066)
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 250GB SATA 1 x 120GB PATA 1 x 80GB PATA
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit 9800GT 512Mb - - Soundcard: RME HDSP9632
      • PSU:
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      • Case:
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      • Operating System:
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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    p5wdg2 workstation pro. not cheap, but ticks all the boxes. ish. has 2x pci and 2x pci-x (full-length 64-bit pci) which is fine for regular pci devices.
    nope - only 1 x UDMA 133/100 IDE channel so support for only 2 IDE devices
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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      • Memory:
      • Corsair 2x2Gb TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066)
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 250GB SATA 1 x 120GB PATA 1 x 80GB PATA
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit 9800GT 512Mb - - Soundcard: RME HDSP9632
      • PSU:
      • Tagan BZ700
      • Case:
      • Antec TX1050
      • Operating System:
      • XP Pro Sp3
      • Monitor(s):
      • Iiyama PLE2200WSB
      • Internet:
      • Orange [:eek:] 8meg running @ 5288kbps last time I tested it http://www.speedtest.net
    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    2x pci-x (full-length 64-bit pci) which is fine for regular pci devices.



    How does a 32bit PCI card fit in those 64bit PCI sockets? The pin arrangement looks very different to me.
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    It does work

    With the only 1 IDE channel, you could use an IDE to SATA adapter - Abit's Serrielle (sp?) was probably the most famous incarnation of this

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    PCI cards usually have 2 notches, so they can fit into PCI-X sockets

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