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SubjectRe: Spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7 ????
AnonimoVeneziano wrote:
> What does it mean this message?
>
> Of what problem is the signal?

It is most likely a hardware problem.

When a device signals an interrupt, it asserts its interrupt pin. When
the CPU asks the interrupt controller what device generated the
interrupt, the interrupt controller tells the CPU.

But if the interrupt line "goes away" before the CPU fetches the vector,
then the interrupt controller doesn't "know" what IRQ caused the
interrupt. So the interrupt controller sends an IRQ #7 to the CPU, along
with setting a bit in the interrupt controller's status register that
says in effect "this isn't really an IRQ 7, but I have no idea what it
was. Sorry."

If you have ISA cards in your system, remove them from the system and
re-insert them (with the power off, of course) - they may have developed
some oxidization on the card edge connector. You can also try scrubbing
the card edge with some plain paper (a US dollar bill works even better,
but you might not have access to dead presidents in Italy.)

Ditto with PCI cards - remove them, polish the connector, then re-insert
them.


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