Generic VME-to-ISA interface?

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Generic VME-to-ISA interface?

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Did anyone ever produce a generic TT/MSTE VME to ISA slot interface?

I know of the interface which allows the use of ISA graphics cards but what about other devices such as network interfaces?
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Re: Generic VME-to-ISA interface?

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There is a SMC_TT Project to use a SMC Ethernet ISA Card on the Atari VME Bus.
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Re: Generic VME-to-ISA interface?

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Ah. I see. I've found an old NE2000 card at my parent's house and wondered about the possibility of using it with the TT, given that there are drivers for the chipset already. Obviously it's non-trivial.
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Re: Generic VME-to-ISA interface?

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I just saw this, there does not appear to be much to it. I am not sure if you can use anything other than a graphics card, I cannot think why not!

It does not look hard to (reverse) engineer one.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Atari-Mega-S ... Swi4RdRtG~
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Re: Generic VME-to-ISA interface?

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There was back in these Days the PANHTER and PANTHER/2 Adapter for the 68000 CPU bus or with a PAK68/3.

-> http://www.wrsonline.de/panther2.html

The VME Bus to ISA Adapter is one thing but the other is the driver software for such an adapter ...
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Re: Generic VME-to-ISA interface?

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Elliot wrote: Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:30 pm I just saw this, there does not appear to be much to it. I am not sure if you can use anything other than a graphics card, I cannot think why not!
Just for fun I once ran a SoundBlaster ISA card in such a Nova VME adapter. (Obviously I had to write the software for that myself.)
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