[RULE] does Slinky detect do ISA?

drose drose at dtlm.homelinux.net
Tue Mar 16 10:07:24 EET 2004

On Tue, 2004-03-02 at 10:08, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> On Sun, 29 Feb 2004, drose wrote:
> > On Sun, 2004-02-29 at 20:17, Vegard Munthe wrote:
> >
> > Regarding hardware detection in general, is it possible to have a piece
> > of software which can see that there's an ISA card at 0x300, IRQ 12 (for
> > example) wihtout having to know what it is or how to use it, or is
> > loading a driver and using the hardware the only way to find out the
> > details?
> 	As has been mentioned before, it depends on whether your card is
> standard ISA or plug-and-play (PnP). If the card does not have jumpers it
> may be PnP. In that case isa-pnp kernel module can help, and so can the
> "pnpdump" command from isapnptools.
> 	The best detection device I have found for network cards is the
> kernel itself. I use FAI for Debian to install machines. It comes with a
> kernel that has most network card drivers built into the kernel (as
> opposed to being compiled as modules). Looking at the bootup messages for
> that special kernel usually works very well for me. However, the overhead
> for setting up such a routine for yourself may be large. One possibility
> is to set up a FAI server, but I would not recommend that. Another is to
> compile a kernel yourself with all network cards loaded in, and then just
> use YARD or some other floppy-based distro to get information on bootup.
> 	I don't know why the kernel does better detection than discover or
> detect, but I have noticed that it does.
> - Paul

For what it's worth, I'm sure many of you will be aware of Freesco
already.  Version 3.x will detect all the ISA nonPnP cards I've given it
so far, so I'm happy now.  I just thought some people here might like to

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