SCSI Host Adapter: Adaptec 2940U2W, bios revision 2.20, Win98 driver revision 3.03
Although it may seem like overkill for the sole purpose of driving SCSI CD drives, the 2940U2W will surely eliminate any host adapter bottlenecks that might creep in. Since the card has both 50- and 68-pin connectors, no converters are needed for testing any UW CD drives. Sync Data Transfer will be enabled for all CD drives, and Auto Insert Notification will be disabled.
ATAPI Controller: Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller, default Win98SE driver
All tested ATAPI CD drives will be configured alone on the secondary channel of the BH6's onboard IDE controller. DMA and Sync Data Transfer will be enabled and Auto Insert Notification disabled.
Networking: SMART-Linq USB Data Bridge Cable, driver revision 1.1c
Actually, this is not true networking but only a convenient method of transfering larger-than-floppy-sized files between systems. This is used primarly to copy driver and firmware updates from my personal system (which has internet access) to the testbed (which has no internet access).
Display Adapter: ATI Rage Fury 128, driver revision 4.11.6263
The best available video card I had in my possession, the ATI boasts hardware-assisted video acceleration, which can lower cpu utilization and smooth playback while watching DVDs. This will come in handy when testing DVD-ROM drives for what they were meant to do. The latest available supported driver was used (not any of the special-purpose, non-supported drivers).
Sound Card: Creative Labs SoundBlaster PCI 512, Win98 driver revision 4.06.511
Another compromise of quality and cost, the PCI 512 provides excellent audio playback and low cpu utilization. A sound card is a necessity for this testbed, as it provides a means to verify audio quality in the digital audio extraction tests. There were no driver updates available from Creative Labs, so the driver that came in the retail package was used.
Headphones: Grado SR60
For determining digital audio extraction quality. These are plugged directly into the back of the SB PCI 512.
Keyboard: Mouse Systems Contour Keyboard
The least expensive ergonomic keyboard I could find that still felt like a quality product.
Mouse: Logitech MouseMan Model M-CV46
I've had this mouse for awhile now, and it remains one of the most comfortable mice I've ever used. It is plugged directly into the BH6 PS/2 port, driven by Win98SE's native driver.
Case: Generic Mid-Tower
Basic case with 3 external 5 ¼" bays. Tested CD drives are placed in the upper-most bay while the hard drive (on 5 ¼" rails) resides in the lower-most bay. The central 5 ¼" bay is unused.
Power Supply: Real Power SR-235FS 235 Watt P/S
Ample power to run all components and enough source power outlets to avoid any Y-adapter plugs.
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