[rescue] Some days ....

Mike Meredith mike at blackhairy.demon.co.uk
Sun Jun 8 14:04:29 CDT 2003

On Sun, 8 Jun 2003 14:10:17 -0400
Phil Stracchino <alaric at caerllewys.net> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 10:52:03AM -0400, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> > ummm... IMHO PC hardware is seriously lacking in IRQs and DMA
> > channels....
> Amen, brother.  IBM really copped out by just daisychaining two
> 8-channel IRQ chips in the AT architecture.  They should have built in
> a single 32-channel (or better yet, 64-channel) chip, IMHO.

The original PC has more than enough IRQs and DMA channels for a cheap
and nasty home PC ... that's all it was supposed to be. If IBM thought
they were designing the future of PC's for the next zillion years they
would have been a little more thoughtful; it would probably have been
something like the 360 and cost so much that very few would have sold.

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