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+NOTE: This driver is obsolete. Digi provides a 2.6 driver (dgdm) at
+ for PCI cards. They no longer maintain this driver,
+and have no 2.6 driver for ISA cards.
+This driver requires a number of user-space tools. They can be aquired from
+, but only works with 2.4 kernels.
+The Digi Intl. epca driver.
+The Digi Intl. epca driver for Linux supports the following boards:
+Digi PC/Xem, PC/Xr, PC/Xe, PC/Xi, PC/Xeve
+Digi EISA/Xem, PCI/Xem, PCI/Xr
+Currently the driver only autoprobes for supported PCI boards.
+The Linux MAKEDEV command does not support generating the Digiboard
+Devices. Users executing digiConfig to setup EISA and PC series cards
+will have their device nodes automatically constructed (cud?? for ~CLOCAL,
+and ttyD?? for CLOCAL). Users wishing to boot their board from the LILO
+prompt, or those users booting PCI cards may use buildDIGI to construct
+the necessary nodes.
+This driver may be configured via LILO. For users who have already configured
+their driver using digiConfig, configuring from LILO will override previous
+settings. Multiple boards may be configured by issuing multiple LILO command
+lines. For examples see the bottom of this document.
+Device names start at 0 and continue up. Beware of this as previous Digi
+drivers started device names with 1.
+PCI boards are auto-detected and configured by the driver. PCI boards will
+be allocated device numbers (internally) beginning with the lowest PCI slot
+first. In other words a PCI card in slot 3 will always have higher device
+nodes than a PCI card in slot 1.
+LILO config examples:
+Using LILO's APPEND command, a string of comma separated identifiers or
+integers can be used to configure supported boards. The six values in order
+ Enable/Disable this card or Override,
+ Type of card: PC/Xe (AccelePort) (0), PC/Xeve (1), PC/Xem or PC/Xr (2),
+ EISA/Xem (3), PC/64Xe (4), PC/Xi (5),
+ Enable/Disable alternate pin arrangement,
+ Number of ports on this card,
+ I/O Port where card is configured (in HEX if using string identifiers),
+ Base of memory window (in HEX if using string identifiers),
+NOTE : PCI boards are auto-detected and configured. Do not attempt to
+configure PCI boards with the LILO append command. If you wish to override
+previous configuration data (As set by digiConfig), but you do not wish to
+configure any specific card (Example if there are PCI cards in the system)
+the following override command will accomplish this:
+-> append="digi=2"
+ append="digiepca=E,PC/Xe,D,16,200,D0000"
+ or
+ append="digi=1,0,0,16,512,851968"
+Supporting Tools:
+Supporting tools include digiDload, digiConfig, buildPCI, and ditty. See
+drivers/char/README.epca for more details. Note,
+this driver REQUIRES that digiDload be executed prior to it being used.
+Failure to do this will result in an ENODEV error.
+Complete documentation for this product may be found in the tool package.
+Sources of information and support:
+Digi Intl. support site for this product:
+Much of this work (And even text) was derived from a similar document
+supporting the original public domain DigiBoard driver Copyright (C)
+1994,1995 Troy De Jongh. Many thanks to Christoph Lameter
+( and Mike McLagan ( who authored
+and contributed to the original document.
+10-29-04: Update status of driver, remove dead links in document
+ James Nelson <>
+2000 (?) Original Document