Hardware Adapter Configuration
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
A method is described which allow the manipulation of Micro Channel* Bus adapter configuration data for the purposes of initializing the adapters on the target hardware to a non-conflicting configuration. The new method consists of the implementation of a utility which would build a system configuration matrix. The contents of the matrix would be the adapter attributes which are software programmable via the Programmable Option Select registers on the Micro Channel adapters. This attribute data is supplied by Adapter Definition Files, one for each adapter type. The utility would sense which Micro Channel adapters were present in the system by interpreting the unique card ID returned from the adapters when they are queried.