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Subject[BUG] pnpbios breaks floppy support
Hello linux experts,

Today I tried to upgrade a PC's kernel from 2.6.11 to 2.6.22, and
I saw some strange messages when booting :

Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
floppy0: Floppy io-port 0x03f2 in use

Previously, I had :

Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077

Needless to say, my floppy hardware works perfectly, and my floppy
was usable with the old kernel, while the floppy is now inaccessible
with the new kernel. Even /dev/fd0 does not exist anymore.

Searching for a cause to that problem, I saw the following messages
before the floppy probe in the new kernel :

PnPBIOS: Scanning system for PnP BIOS support...
PnPBIOS: Found PnP BIOS installation structure at 0xc00fd5e0
PnPBIOS: PnP BIOS version 1.0, entry 0xf0000:0x5ba3, dseg 0xf0000
PnPBIOS: 17 nodes reported by PnP BIOS; 17 recorded by driver
[...]
pnp: 00:07: ioport range 0x3f0-0x3f1 has been reserved
pnp: 00:07: ioport range 0x3f3-0x3f3 has been reserved
[...]

Searching the web and the outdated pnp kernel documentation, I
finally found an option to add to my kernel parameters line :

pnpbios=off

Now my floppy works again, but I am not really satisfied.

What do I loose with the 'pnpbios=off' option ?

Isn't there a smoother option to allow pnpbios but avoiding to reserve
floppy's io-ports ?

Should I modify rather /drivers/block/floppy.c or /drivers/pnp/*.c
to make pnpbios and floppy driver coexist peacefully ? And is there
an example of such modifications for other standard peripherals ?

Thanks for reading this far

Philippe


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