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SubjectESCD Support for 2.4.6-ac1/PNPBIOS (was: reading/writing CMOS beyond 256 bytes?)
Hi,
with a litte patch to linux-2.4.6ac1 (which includes PNPBIOS)
the ESCD data is easily accessible.

Then "lsescd" will verbosely decode /proc/bus/pnp/escd.

This lets you access important info which would be beneficial for correctly
configuring PnP in Linux (e.g. when you set an IRQ to "reserved for legacy ISA"
in your BIOS setup or you can see what's the difference between selecting
"_PNP OS_" to yes/no in your BIOS setup screen).

Regards, Gunther

P.S. There is an additional potential benefit for ISAPNP: you can
get the PNP Port configured by your BIOS. Previously all cards had
to be reset to use a new port. Linux suffers serverly from not
doing PnP failsafe, burdening configuration tasks onto the user.

cat /proc/bus/pnp/pnpconfig_info
Revision=1 No_Csn=1 ISAPNP_Port=0x20b
^^^

Download from:
http://home.t-online.de/home/gunther.mayer/lsescd-0.10.tar.bz2



Alan Cox wrote:
>
> > Unfortunately, it seems that some settings are not in the 128 (or 256)
> > bytes accessible this way, so they must be stored elsewhere.
>
> Large numbers of BIOS settings are in the NVRAM ESCD area in modern systems
> (EISA config, ISAPNP config, etc)
>
> > Does anyone know where I should look for the remaining parts of CMOS
> > (short of having to sign some NDA with Intel?)?
>
> The PnPBIOS and ESCD specs are publically available if a little impenetrable
>
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