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    SubjectRe: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?
    On Fri, 4 Jan 2002, Eric S. Raymond wrote:

    > Are there even 1500 distinct PC motherboard designs in *existence*? :-)
    > Think, Dave. The DMI standard dates from 1998. For there to be 1500
    > entries on the blacklist, someone would have to have been cranking out
    > *500* PCI-capable, DMI-supporting motherboard designs a year each and
    > every one of which lies about having ISA slots.

    - Laptops. Lots of vendors, multiple product lines.
    - prebuilt systems with custom boards from Dell/Compaq.
    - The obvious motherboard vendors (ABit, Asus, Tyan, Soyo etc etc)
    - Vendor reference boards from AMD, VIA, SiS, ALi etc etc.
    - The seemingly endless cheap no-name boards from Taiwan.
    - Mulitple versions of BIOSen for all the above.
    Some with good DMI/some bad/some bad for different reasons etc.

    Still think that '150' systems sounds right ?
    Dell alone have probably achieved that in their product line over
    the last three years.

    And whilst DMI is a dying standard, its still present in a lot of
    new boxes, and will probably still continue to for some for a while.

    | Dave Jones.
    | SuSE Labs

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