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Cloning of a rare ISA card to communicate with the very first CD-ROM drive


It’s one of the most incredibly corny things I’ve ever seen. Shelby’s Technical tangents purchased a 1985 Philips CM100 external CD-ROM drive, the first such device on the market.

After purchasing the game, he discovered that the ISA card required to run it could not be found. So he decided to reverse engineer and clone his own, trace by trace.

As dramatically explained in this video, Shelby ended up falling down a rabbit hole that seemed to have no bottom. It’s hard to imagine the blood, sweat and tears that went into this gloriously obsessive project. You can see how excited Shelby is when he’s finally able to get his card working.

He has made the map design open source and it is available on his GitHub page.

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