I am a fairly advanced user, however one thing continues to allude me with "Wintel" computers. How does one use 4-5 PCI slots without running into IRQ conflicts? There HAS to be a better way other than randomly trying various PCI slot combinations. Also I don't really understand how to manually set IRQ's.
Can someone provide detailed instructions to help me understand this? If it helps at all, here are the components I wish to use at once.
Generally, if you're using Windows 2000 or Win XP, the OS will do IRQ sharing which, in my experience at least, eliminates the IRQ question. Earlier windows versions, and DOS had a big problem with IRQs. I have a lot of devices and most PCI slots full and no problems with IRQs.
Many devices can share IRQ's at hardware level without issue, such as most "software" modems (IRQ assigned by BIOS), USB controllers, sound cards (except for DOS compatability mode). Drive controllers, video cards, and many Network cards don't like to do it. Most boards have documentation either in the manual or in BIOS as to which slots are shared.
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