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    SubjectRe: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?
    On Fri, 4 Jan 2002, Alex wrote:

    > Maybe the best thing would be to supply the kernel a "large" _textfile_
    > with all the hardware the user definitely has (at such-and such
    > irq/dma/io); the textfile could be the output resilt from a
    > "userfriendly" hardware-detection tool that lists all categories of
    > hardwares etc. and has - generally - a large hardware database.

    Think about ancient hardware (Yes theres lots of it still in use)
    These beasts had jumpers to set IRQ/DMA etc, and this was not detectable
    from software until PNPISA arrived on the scene.

    You're still going to need user interaction for a lot of these.

    "But Microsoft doesn't" isn't an argument any more either, they dropped
    support for really ancient hardware a long time ago.

    | Dave Jones.
    | SuSE Labs

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