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INTRO(4)             NetBSD/i386 Kernel Interfaces Manual             INTRO(4)

intro -- introduction to i386 special files and hardware support
This section describes the special files, related driver functions, and networking support available in the system. In this part of the manual, the SYNOPSIS section of each configurable device gives a sample specifi- cation for use in constructing a system description for the config(1) program. The DIAGNOSTICS section lists messages which may appear on the console and/or in the system error log /var/log/messages due to errors in device operation; see syslogd(8) for more information. This section contains both devices which may be configured into the sys- tem and network related information. The networking support is intro- duced in netintro(4).
This section describes the hardware supported on the i386 (PC-clone) platform. Software support for these devices comes in two forms. A hardware device may be supported with a character or block device driver, or it may be used within the networking subsystem and have a network interface driver. Block and character devices are accessed through files in the file system of a special type; see mknod(8). Network interfaces are indirectly accessed through the interprocess communication facilities provided by the system; see socket(2). A hardware device is identified to the system at configuration time and the appropriate device or network interface driver is then compiled into the system. When the resultant system is booted, the autoconfiguration facilities in the system probe for the device and, if found, enable the software support for it. If a device does not respond at autoconfigura- tion time it is not accessible at any time afterwards. To enable a device which did not autoconfigure, the system must be rebooted. The autoconfiguration system is described in i386/autoconf(4). A list of the supported devices is given below.
The devices listed below are supported in this incarnation of the system. Devices are indicated by their functional interface. Not all supported devices are listed. Standard builtin devices: com NS8250-, NS16450-, and NS16550-based asynchronous serial communications device interface lpt Parallel port device interface fdc Standard NEC 765 floppy disk controller. mca MCA I/O bus. mem Main memory interface pci PCI I/O bus. eisa EISA I/O bus, either as main bus or via PCI-EISA bridge. isa ISA bus and ISA devices, either as main bus or via PCI-ISA bridge. isa isa I/O bus. isapnp ``bus'' for ISA devices with PnP support. speaker console speaker device interface PCMCIA devices are supported through the pcmcia(4) bus and associated device drivers. Cardbus devices are supported through the cardbus(4) bus and associated device drivers. USB devices are supported through the usb(4) bus and associated device drivers. Console devices using ISA, EISA, or PCI video adaptors and standard AT or PS/2 keyboards are supported by the machine independent wscons(4) console driver. Disk, tape and SCSI devices: aha Adaptec 154x ISA SCSI adapter boards. ahb Adaptec 1742 EISA SCSI adapter boards. ahc Adaptec 274x, 284x, 2940 and 3940 VL/EISA/PCI SCSI adapter boards. aic Adaptec AIC-6260, Adaptec AIC-6360, Adaptec 152x, and SoundBlaster SCSI boards. bha Buslogic BT-445 (ISA), BT-74x (EISA), and BT-9[45][68] (PCI) SCSI boards. mcd Mitsumi CD-ROM drives. ncr Symbios (formerly NCR) PCI SCSI adapter boards. pciide PCI IDE controllers. sea Seagate/Future Domain SCSI cards. ST01/02, Future Domain TMC-885, and Future Domain TMC-950. uha Ultrastor ISA and EISA SCSI adapter cards. Ultrastore 14f, Ultrastore 34f, and Ultrastore 24f. wdc Standard ISA Western Digital type hard drives controllers. MFM, RLL, ESDI, and IDE. wt Wangtek and compatible ISA controllers for QIC-02 and QIC-36 tapes. Network interfaces: de Ethernet driver for dc21040, dc21042, and dc21140-based 10Mbit and 100Mbit PCI Ethernet adaptors, including DE-430, DE-450 DE-500, SMC EtherPower, and Znyx. fea, fpa FDDI driver for Digital DEFEA (EISA) and DEFPA FDDI adap- tors. ed Western Digital/SMC 80x3 and Ultra, 3Com 3c503, and Novell NE1000 and 2000 Ethernet interface eg 3Com 3c505 Ethernet board. el 3Com 3c501 Ethernet board. ep 3Com EtherLink III (3c5x9) Ethernet interface ie Ethernet driver for the AT&T StarLAN 10, EN100, StarLan Fiber, and 3Com 3c507. iy Ethernet driver for the ISA Intel EtherExpress PR0/10 adaptor. le Ethernet driver for BICC Isolan, Novell NE2100, Digital DEPCA cards, and PCnet-PCI cards. tl Ethernet driver for ThunderLAN-based Ethernet adaptor. Serial communication cards: ast multiplexing serial communications card first made by AST. boca Boca BB100[48] and BB2016 multiplexing serial communica- tions cards. NS8250-, NS16450-, and NS16550-based asyn- chronous serial communications device interface, or internal modems that provide a serial-chip compatible interface. cy Cyclades Cyclom-4Y, -8Y, and -16Y asynchronous serial com- munications device interface rtfps a multiplexing serial communications card derived from IBM PC/RT hardware. Sound cards: gus Gravis Ultrasound non-PnP soundcards. guspnp Gravis Ultrasound PnP soundcards. pas ProAudio Spectrum soundcards. pss Personal Sound System-compatible soundcards, including Cardinal Digital SoundPro 16 and Orchid Soundwave 32. sb Soundblaster, Soundblaster 16, and Soundblaster Pro sound- cards. wss Windows Sound System-compatible sound cards based on the ad1848 chip. Mouse and pointer devices: joy joystick game adaptor lms Logitech-style bus mouse device interface mms Microsoft-style bus mouse device interface pms PS/2 auxiliary port mouse device interface Serial mice can be configured on any supported serial port.
config(1), i386/autoconf(4), netintro(4)
The i386 intro appeared in NetBSD 1.0. NetBSD 9.3 February 17, 2017 NetBSD 9.3
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