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Xiolablu3
09-13-2006, 01:21 PM
I wanted to keep using my old SB Live purely for the gameport, so that I can keep using my MS FF Pro (I love the stick)

If my new Mobo doesnt have any old PCI slots, will I be able to buy a PCIE to PCI conveter?

I cant see why not, but I cannot find one anywhere.

NetDaemon
09-13-2006, 02:25 PM
Nope

Xiolablu3
09-13-2006, 02:34 PM
Can you elablorate?

Is there any reason why it would be impossible to make such a thing?

I cannot see a problem.

IAFS_Painter
09-13-2006, 03:37 PM
Impossible? Technically, No

The real question should be, can you connect a serial device to your new MoBo?

If I couldn't get an on-board serial port (say a suitable sound card), then ...


... I'd get a Serial to USB adaptor
Something like this:
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=280T&Sea...=All&NavigationKey=0 (http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=280T&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=serial+usb&PageMode=3&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=0)

Note - I have not tried this, it's just an example of the available technologies.

Xiolablu3
09-13-2006, 04:00 PM
Thanks Painter, I will maybe have to try this if no such thing gets released.

I owuld think in the futurer that PCIE to PCi should be very popular however. many people will need to connect old technolgy to PCIE slots.

Only problem with those USB to Gameport convereters is that often they dont work. I bought an old soundblaster live! off ebay for 3 and switched off the sound features, just using the gameport for my stick.

Hopefully those converters you suggested will work OK. I dont need one yet, I have no plans to upgrade just now, but I was just preparing for the future.

Athlon 64's are getting much much cheaper these days, now that the new Intel chip is out. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Weather_Man
09-13-2006, 06:47 PM
I remember reading a while back about a PCIe1x to PCI bridge card. Ah, yes, it was here:
http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=32786

As far as I know, none are in production currently. Also, as far as I know, there are no motherboards that ship without at least one or two standard PCI slots on the board. I don't think you need to worry about the legacy PCI slot dying for several years still.

Sergio_101
09-19-2006, 04:47 PM
So far all new Motherboards have old style PCI slots.
It will be no problem to use standard PCI cards.
I have several computers built with ASUS PCIE
motherboards, my PCI cards function perfectly.

Sergio

VW-IceFire
09-19-2006, 08:55 PM
Originally posted by Xiolablu3:
I wanted to keep using my old SB Live purely for the gameport, so that I can keep using my MS FF Pro (I love the stick)

If my new Mobo doesnt have any old PCI slots, will I be able to buy a PCIE to PCI conveter?

I cant see why not, but I cannot find one anywhere.
I don't think you'll have to worry for a while yet. PCI hasn't been replaced on motherboards despite PCI Express being the new standard for graphics. While PCI Express has replaced the AGP port, there aren't that many peripherals (like sound cards) that support PCI Express.

I doubt we'll ever see a practical PCI to PCI Express setup...but we're not likely to see the full death of PCI for some time yet.