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SubjectRe: 'spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7' -> read the 8259 datasheet !
"Richard B. Johnson" wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Nov 2001, Chris Meadors wrote:
> > On Wed, 28 Nov 2001, Martin Eriksson wrote:

... rumours deleted (e.g. "printer status bits are all ORed into irq7")

>From "Harris Semiconductor 82C59A Interrupt Controller Datasheet":
If no interrupt request is present at step 4 of either sequence
(i.e., the request was too short in duration), the 82C59A will
issue an interrupt level 7.

1. The irq controller sees an interrupt.
2. The irq controller signals "there is _some_ interrupt" to the cpu.
3. The CPU acks via INTA
4. The irq controller looks if the irq is still there
(and signals IRQ7 if the line is no longer active).

You have some device which doesn't keep the IRQ raised long enough !
(or the CPU doesn't service the irq for a too long time and the
edge triggered irq is de-asserted or even serviced by a polling routine)
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