> All these ISA boards everyone has -- are they 16 or 8 bit? Doing the little
> 8-bit bus would be simpler.
Well, then you'll need to put IDE on the motherboard.
> I had this idea of doing a simple 16-bit 3051 I/O bus, with a daughterboard
> that converted to ISA for those who want it. The ISA cards would plug in
> sideways. Several computers do such a thing. Getting a box with sideways
> cutouts would then be the hard task!
Yup, there goes the standard PC case, so anyone who wants to use their PC
components has to pay another $100 for a non-PC case. This just sounds
outright dumb. And knowing how reluctant some ISA cards have been to seat
themselves properly, I see lots of breakage on the edge connector between
the motherboard and the ISA card. Lots and lots of breakage.