The Question is:
I am trying to add a second IEEE-488 card (ISA bus) to my Digital 433au PWS.
The procedure to add an ISA device is to use the "isacfg" utility to set the
slot number, IRQ#, dma chan#, and base I/O address. Unfortunately, the "show
config" command invoked
from the boot prompt indicates that all available IRQs are used up. For this
reason, I used "isacfg" to remove a device called "ES1888" to free up an IRQ
for my second IEEE-488 card. I was informed that the "ES1888" is a sound card
and not needed by the s
Unfortunately, the system now crashes at random times, sometimes within minutes
and other times after several hours, after I start up a particular
application. By crash I mean the monitor is blank and the PWS is unresponsive
to keyboard commands or the PW
S resets to the boot prompt.
It is becoming evident to me that the application, may in fact, "need" the
device that I removed and that the device may not be a sound card afterall.
Question: The device that I removed is of type "Embedded" as indicated using
the "show config" command. May I remove a device type "Embedded"? Is it safe
to assume that devices of type "Embedded" cannot be removed?
The Answer is :
Embedded indicates the capability is implemented on the motherboard,
and the DECwindows keyboard (among other users) expects to have a
sound device. (This is how the keyboard bell is implemented.)
You must free an(other) IRQ using isacfg (after re-configuring the
sound), or re-configure and then move to a PCI-based card -- it would
clearly appear that the additional card or the removal of the sound
device has destabilized the system. (You are now also aware of why
ISA and EISA buses were replaced -- Q-bus CSR and vector settings
are approximately equally painful to manage. This in addition to
the low performance of the ISA or EISA (or Q-bus) bus, of course.)
The OpenVMS Wizard would move to a PCI-based IEEE 488, or to a