Subject: Re: wdc lost interrupt?
To: Ken Wellsch <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/03/1998 14:39:47
On Dec 2, Ken Wellsch wrote
> I doubt it is a lot of use, but I had the same sort of event happen on
> a 440FX based system with "Intel 82371SB PCI-to-ISA Bridge (PIIX3) etc."
> and I was installing an original Win/95 release onto the box. The secondary
> channel vanished (and the CD-ROM attached to it!).  After getting some help
> it was explained to me that there is a bug in the original Win/95 that
> causes it to disable to secondary channel in the BIOS (because it cannot
> recognize the chip-set I think). I had to go to the "erase NVRAM" method
> to recover the secondary channel (because the Dell box didn't let you
> re-enable it via the BIOS SetUp screen).  Win/95 needed a patch or upgrade
> to not cause this lossage on every boot.

My driver will never write anything to the BIOS, so that's not the
problem (it's a bug in pciide I hopefully just fixed) What a strange idea
anyway! why should an OS belives it knows better the hardware than the
machine's firmware, and update the BIOS settings by it own ?
And there's still guys to buy these softwares ... :(

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.