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Re: Lost isa card with Kernel 2.6

On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 10:47:44PM -0600, Robert Rati wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-03-01 at 13:22, Pigeon wrote:
> > On Sun, Feb 29, 2004 at 04:00:57PM -0600, Robert Rati wrote:
> > > I just installed the Debian 2.6.3 kernel for i686 machines and my ISA
> > > PNP card.  I have an old ISA Plug and Play modem that I had working in
> > > kernel 2.4, but can't get 2.6 to recognize.  With the 2.4 kernel, I was
> > > able to disable PNP OS in my Award BIOS, and the 2.4 Linux kernel found
> > > the card as just another serial port.  The 2.6 kernel doesn't appear to
> > > do this.  I tried enabling PNP OS in my BIOS, but that didn't appear to
> > > help anything.  The pnp.txt file with the kernel source wasn't much
> > > help.  Do I have to install the isapnptools package and configure that
> > > like I used to have to?  Any help would be appreciated.
> > 
> > ISA plug and play is an "experimental" option in 2.6. I don't know if
> > the Debian kernels set it. Check the kernel config file; is
> > CONFIG_ISAPNP set? If not, you'll have to build your own kernel.
> > 
> > Or, are your ordinary serial ports recognised? If not, try "modprobe
> > serial_core".
> My serial ports are recognized correctly, it's just the modem that's
> not.  Is there a way to check the configuration of the kernel that is
> running (ie something in /proc),

I don't do my kernels the Debian Way, but AIUI there should be a
config file in /boot, called config-2.6.3 or something similar.

> or are you saying install the kernel source and apply the debian patches? 

...or the Debian source package, with patches already applied...
you'll only need to do this if CONFIG_ISAPNP is not set, so you can
build your own kernel that does have it set.

> If the debian kernels do not have
> isapnp compiled as an option will the isapnp tools still work?  I assume
> they would.

I've never needed to use them, so I don't know if they require kernel
support or not. You could always apt-get install isapnptools and see
what luck you get.


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