Subject: Re: FDDI: PC/BIOS and MTU
To: Chris G. Demetriou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 06/01/1999 15:16:22
Ah, but if you put a board which (like the PCI tulip and DEFPA FDDI)
*does* need bus-mastering, into a PCI slot which doesn't support
bus-mastering, you've already lost. And this mostly (solely?)
affects early 486 PCI implementations, anyway.
Isnt the tradeoff really: Are we better off to work around buggy
BIOS/setup which dont enable the busmastering bit, or to leave it bit
alone, and risk not catching the `board incorrectly inserted in
non-busmaster slot' case?