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SubjectRe: Spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7 ????
Have seen this problem with a motherboard with a bad PCI slot, too.
happened with a pci network card in the slot...

Chad Schwartz
CornerNet System Administration

On Mon, 20 Jan 2003, David D. Hagood wrote:

> 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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