Re: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?

From: Eric S. Raymond (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 23:15:41 EST

Brian Gerst <>:
> > Nobody has told me this is a real failure case yet. To cause a problem,
> > the situation would have to be that DMI read fails to detect a card in
> > use in an ISA slot. It's OK if it reports no slots when all slots are
> > empty.
> Well, I just popped in an old 3com 509TP network card (non-PnP) into my
> main box and dmidecode still failed to show the single ISA slot, only 4
> PCI and 1 AGP.

I realize this may sound like a dumb question...but are sure the card works
and is not just an inert mass o' silicon? I have couple of 3c509s knocking
around here myself and I'm not at all sure they're alive.

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