Re: PNP hardware and dual boot machine.
On 22-Jul-2000 adam b. wrote:
> isapnptools works okay, probably.
> I have gotten cards to recognize and load drivers, but I have never gotten
> them actually working before giving up.
> Be prepared to edit long config files from pnpdump and also you must know
> free IRQs, IO hexes, and Memory ranges for all your devices. They will
> probe, but he'll come up with like 5 or 6 viable configurations, only 1 or
> 2 of which might actually work (especially if you have a commercial
> machine-in-a-box). Also, you _may_ have to put your devices in
> Memory-Mapped mode (I've heard rumors to that effect). In this case, you
> have to find a free memory range that's in the on-limits range for Debian.
> Not too hard, but get the range from Debian.org before you go killing
> I have no clue about kernel PnP...I'd love to hear about it though! What
> kernel are you running?
I have one PnP card (ESS1868 soundcard) and I *don't* use isapnptools. AFAIK you
need to use isapnp in two situations:
1. when your BIOS doesn't support PnP (if you have a really old machine)
2. when you want to change the default configuration of the card
The only thing I have to do is set the "PNP OS installed" option to "NO" in the
BIOS setup, and to pass the same irq,dma,io to the sb driver that
the card uses in windows.