Re: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?

From: Patrick Mochel (
Date: Fri Jan 04 2002 - 16:23:04 EST

On Fri, 4 Jan 2002, Eric S. Raymond wrote:

> Dave Jones <>:
> > > Waitaminute. DMI is a *dying* standard? What, if anything, is
> > > replacing it?
> >
> > ACPI
> OK. So can I ask ACPI if the board has ISA slots? Does it answer
> reliably?

The ACPI info comes from the BIOS. So, it's no more reliable than any
other BIOS, and probably less so than ones that do/did DMI, as there are
so many aspects to it.

I would suggest reading the ACPI spec at and the Intel
implementation of it at

for an idea of what it's supposed to do and what you can theoretically get
from it.


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