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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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