Playing DVD interfers with modem?

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Wed Feb 6 05:59:01 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-02-05 at 09:28 -0600, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
> Ric Moore wrote:
> > 
> > # setserial /dev/ttyS0
> > /dev/ttyS0, UART: 16550A, Port: 0x03f8, IRQ: 4
> > 
> > Looks good. Man, it's been awhile since back when I managed 4 modems
> > each on two machines for my BBS. That route was cheaper than those
> > specialty serial cards. Worked like a dream. Didn't have DvD's back then
> > either. Gonna try playing "Time Bandits" and send this email! 
> > 
> You mean those 8 port cards with the funny cable ending in either 8 
> DB25 connectors or a breakout box? Digi<something>. I had 2 of them, 
> but they had 16450 UARTS. On one, the UARTS were socketed, so the 
> ones that had hi-speed modems got upgraded to 16550A's. They worked 
> under Linux as well. I ended up scrapping 14 2400 baud modems. A 
> couple of ports ended up connecting to another machine running 
> "door" games. Funny thing - you could not reliably connect two of 
> the ports together - they would drop data.

Yeah, Digiboards. Expensive for the budget I had. I could get a cast-off
486 far cheaper and let it handle 4 modems. Linux used to work decently
with a 486 and 32 megs of memory, strictly command line. :) Ric
My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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