Re: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?

From: Jeff Garzik (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 15:45:52 EST

"Eric S. Raymond" wrote:
> Is there any way to safely probe a PCI motherboard to determine whether
> or not it has ISA cards present, or ISA card slots?
> Note: the question is *not* about a probe for whether the board has an ISA
> bridge, but a probe for the presence of actual ISA cards (or slots).

ISAPNP. You can tell if ISA cards are present in some cases, but you
cannot tell when no ISA cards are present at all.

Further, serial and parallel devices are common examples of devices we
treat as ISA, which usually aren't. They don't have a slot [usually]
but definitely need to be configured.


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