Subject: kern/5197: ISP driver should read NVRAM settings, etc.
To: None <>
From: Matthew P. Jacob <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 03/24/1998 11:03:19
>Number:         5197
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       ISP driver should read NVRAM settings, etc.
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    kern-bug-people (Kernel Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Mar 24 11:05:00 1998
>Originator:     Matthew P. Jacob
	NASA/Ames Research Center
>Release:        1.3
System: NetBSD caves 1.3_ALPHA NetBSD 1.3_ALPHA (MSS3) #4: Tue Mar 10 18:16:23 PST 1998 mjacob@caves:/home/mjacob/mss3/src/sys/arch/i386/compile/MSS3 i386


	The ISP cards typically also have NVRAM that maintains some
	settings. One of these settings is whether or not termination
	should be enabled or not. This can lead to peculiar and
	obscure bugs during startup.

	This showed up in a wierd way where one of the first of the
	differential ISP hosts adapters on an alpha kftia didn't
	have termination enabled- so in order to make it work you
	have to get this wierd passthrough frob so that you can put
	a terminator on it.


	Just parse the darned layout.