PNPDUMP(8)                                             PNPDUMP(8)

       pnpdump - Dump ISA Plug-And-Play devices resource informa-

       pnpdump [ --config ] [ --script[=outputfile] ] [ --reset ]
       [ --ignorecsum ] [ --showmasks ] [ --dumpregs ] [ [ devs ]
       readport ]

       pnpdump will scan all the ISA  PnP  cards,  dumping  their
       resource  data to stdout. The resource data is supposed to
       be a description of the resources (IO  ports,  interrupts,
       DMA  channels)  that the card would like, or needs, to use
       to work. It is stored in a small ROM on  the  card,  which
       can  be  read  as  part of the Plug and Play configuration

       Note that some manufacturers are rather lax about the con-
       tents  of  this  ROM,  particularly  if  the  card  is not
       required for booting, so the  resource  data  may  not  be
       accurate.  As  they  also  typically provide a DOS/Windows
       driver for the card, they really only need to be  able  to
       recognise it, as the driver can then complete the configu-

       The output of pnpdump is in a form that  can  be  used  by
       isapnp,  except  that  the actual configuration statements
       are commented out. See isapnp.conf(5) for details  of  the

       By  default,  pnpdump  will reset all the Card Serial Num-
       bers, then ISOLATE each one and allocate it a handle (Card
       Select Number). This process will include trying different
       readport addresses until a suitable one is found  avoiding
       conflicts  with other hardware.  For a description of what
       the readport is, see the relevant entry in isapnp.conf(5).
       As  of the isapnptools 1.12 release, any existing configu-
       ration settings will be unaffected.

       If a single parameter is provided, this will  be  used  as
       the  minimum  readport address to start scanning. This may
       be chosen to avoid an unfortunate conflict.

       To skip the Isolation process, both additional  parameters
       may be supplied:

       devs is the number of PnP cards that the BIOS has found,
              ISOLATEd and allocated CSNs to in the system.  Note
              that if this is greater than the actual  number  of
              cards  in  the  system,  pnpdump will stop scanning
              when it receives a first serial identifier byte  of
              0xff  (this is what happens when there isn't a card
              with that CSN).

              If this parameter is provided,  then  pnpdump  will
              not ISOLATE each card and assign CSNs, however, the
              readport provided must be the same as the  one  the
              BIOS  used. This could be difficult to determine if
              it is not assigned via a BIOS setup screen.

       readport is the address of the readport to use for the
              Plug-And-Play access. The number base is determined
              by  the format: a leading 0x implies hex, a leading
              0 implies octal, otherwise decimal is assumed.

              The address of the readport must be chosen to avoid
              any  conflicts  with  existing  (non Plug and Play)
              hardware, and must be in the range 0x203..0x3ff.

              If the readport is  specified  without  devs,  then
              this  is  the minimum readport to use when scanning
              for a suitable one.

       Note that for the two parameter option to work,  you  must
       have  a  PnP BIOS which has already carried out the ISOLA-
       TION process correctly, and you must  know  what  readport
       address the BIOS used.

       -c, --config
              attempt  to  determine  safe  settings to which the
              devices can be set, and uncomment those settings in
              the output.  pnpdump will use the /proc filesystem,
              the contents of the /etc/isapnp.gone file  and  the
              lspci  program  to  discover  system resources that
              have already been allocated if these facilities are
              available on the system.

       -d, --dumpregs
              this  will cause pnpdump will dump all the standard
              configuration registers for each board.

              Note that this dump is dumping the physical  regis-
              ters,  and  will  thus  show the settings that have
              been put in there by the BIOS, or some  cards  will
              put  a  default  setting  in. Unused registers read
              back as 0.

       -r, --reset
              Carry out a full configuration reset,  rather  than
              just  resetting  the  CSNs. DANGEROUS as this could
              reset PnP boards  in  active  use  by  the  kernel,
              resulting in a lockup or worse.

       -i, --ignorecsum
              this will cause pnpdump will ignore checksum errors
              when deciding if the readport address is good. Sec-
              tion 3.3.2 of the spec suggests that a bad checksum
              should cause the readport to be rejected. In  real-
              ity, it seems to be possible for the checksum to be
              bad for reasons other than a readport address  con-
              flict, and in this situation all readport addresses
              will be rejected resulting in no boards found.

              Using this flag  allows  the  boards  to  still  be
              found.  Boards  with a bad identifier checksum will
              have the identifier corrected by the resource  data
              if  the  resource data identifier has a good check-

       -s, --showmasks
              Print the lists of acceptable interrupts and direct
              memory  access  (DMA)  channels as binary bitmasks.
              For example, print "IRQ mask 0x03" instead of  "IRQ
              1, 2, or 3".

              write a shell script to the specified file that can
              be used to configure the system based on  what  ISA
              PnP boards were found and how they were configured.

              If --script is specified without an argument,  then
              the  script  is piped (using popen) directly into a
              shell (sh) process.  This  is  really  useful  only
              with --config.

              For  each  card,  the  script  tries to execute the
              shell script /etc/pnp/config-scripts/isa/PRODUCT_ID
              or,     failing     that,    /usr/share/pnp/config-
              scripts/isa/PRODUCT_ID.  The generated shell script
              will  try the compatible device ID's if any can any
              are in the ISA PnP information and  no  script  for
              the device itself can be found.

              The  /usr/share directory contents are the standard
              location, while the /etc directory is  for  you  to
              put your customized versions of these scripts.  You
              should write these shell scripts  to  generate  the
              file  /etc/conf.modules.isapnp  at  boot  time, and
              then  do   something   like   "cat   /etc/conf.mod-
              ules.isapnp /etc/conf.modules.base > /etc/conf.mod-
              ules", so that you can automatically configure  the
              modules for the devices that you have.

              The executable.

              The   resting   place   of   the   editted  output.
              /etc/isapnp.gone The standard place for  describing
              resources  that are unavailable, but not flagged as
              such in /proc/* etc. The format  of  this  file  is
              explained in the example provided with isapnptools.

       Check   for
       latest information and FAQ.

       If  you think you have found one not mentioned in the lat-
       est  version,  please  send  a   report   to   isapnp@roe-

       This  program  can  reset  all your Plug-and-Play devices.
       Use at your own risk.

       pnpdump  has  been  written   by   Peter   Fox   <fox@roe->,  the  creator  and maintainer of isap-

       The latest version of the sources may be obtained  by  ftp
       Or  follow the pointer from my web page at http://www.roe-

       Plug and Play ISA  Specification,  Version  1.0a,  May  5,
       1994.    Available   from

       isapnp(8), isapnp.conf(5)

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