how will hoary handle ISA hardware ?

Oliver Grawert hostmaster at
Thu Nov 25 02:41:40 CST 2004

Am Samstag, den 13.11.2004, 23:37 +0200 schrieb Alexander Poslavsky:
> i have access to a rather large amount of older hardware, most if it
> is still in use, so it would be nice if it would be possible to test
> without doing a complete install, can it be done from some sort of
> (small) live-cd? If so i could help.
it would be nice to have something like this, probably a tweaked
memtest.bin image i.e. detection.bin for all the prerelease CDs.
but as this feature is a thing that should go into the main
distribution, a detection tool in the default installer should be enough
(probably with a "detect" bootoption)... i think this is a very big
issue on the sabfl whishlist and i also think its a good task for the

i dug up this one on a old mailing list last week:
.... has a lot of the code written by Donald Becker.  I ended up
finding Donald at the end of google searches for "ISA detect linux" and
such before I realised that he was a major contributor and probably
still is.

His reply is partially given here:

"[An environment to detect ISA cards] is basically just building a 2.2
or earlier kernel that includes all of the drivers I wrote.  The only
missing piece is producing a report of the devices, and
the resource they use.  The only place this was presented was the kernel
detection message."

the network card stuff seems solvable, now i'm wondering what to do
about sound and scsi cards.... i'll dig on :)


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