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+Kernel driver via686a
+ * Via VT82C686A, VT82C686B Southbridge Integrated Hardware Monitor
+ Prefix: 'via686a'
+ Addresses scanned: ISA in PCI-space encoded address
+ Datasheet: On request through web form (http://www.via.com.tw/en/resources/download-center/)
+ Kyösti Mälkki <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
+ Mark D. Studebaker <email@example.com>
+ Bob Dougherty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
+ (Some conversion-factor data were contributed by
+ Jonathan Teh Soon Yew <email@example.com>
+ and Alex van Kaam <firstname.lastname@example.org>.)
+force_addr=0xaddr Set the I/O base address. Useful for boards that
+ don't set the address in the BIOS. Look for a BIOS
+ upgrade before resorting to this. Does not do a
+ PCI force; the via686a must still be present in lspci.
+ Don't use this unless the driver complains that the
+ base address is not set.
+ Example: 'modprobe via686a force_addr=0x6000'
+The driver does not distinguish between the chips and reports
+all as a 686A.
+The Via 686a southbridge has integrated hardware monitor functionality.
+It also has an I2C bus, but this driver only supports the hardware monitor.
+For the I2C bus driver, see <file:Documentation/i2c/busses/i2c-viapro>
+The Via 686a implements three temperature sensors, two fan rotation speed
+sensors, five voltage sensors and alarms.
+Temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius. An alarm is triggered once
+when the Overtemperature Shutdown limit is crossed; it is triggered again
+as soon as it drops below the hysteresis value.
+Fan rotation speeds are reported in RPM (rotations per minute). An alarm is
+triggered if the rotation speed has dropped below a programmable limit. Fan
+readings can be divided by a programmable divider (1, 2, 4 or 8) to give
+the readings more range or accuracy. Not all RPM values can accurately be
+represented, so some rounding is done. With a divider of 2, the lowest
+representable value is around 2600 RPM.
+Voltage sensors (also known as IN sensors) report their values in volts.
+An alarm is triggered if the voltage has crossed a programmable minimum
+or maximum limit. Voltages are internally scalled, so each voltage channel
+has a different resolution and range.
+If an alarm triggers, it will remain triggered until the hardware register
+is read at least once. This means that the cause for the alarm may
+already have disappeared! Note that in the current implementation, all
+hardware registers are read whenever any data is read (unless it is less
+than 1.5 seconds since the last update). This means that you can easily
+miss once-only alarms.
+The driver only updates its values each 1.5 seconds; reading it more often
+will do no harm, but will return 'old' values.
+This driver handles sensors integrated in some VIA south bridges. It is
+possible that a motherboard maker used a VT82C686A/B chip as part of a
+product design but was not interested in its hardware monitoring features,
+in which case the sensor inputs will not be wired. This is the case of
+the Asus K7V, A7V and A7V133 motherboards, to name only a few of them.
+So, if you need the force_addr parameter, and end up with values which
+don't seem to make any sense, don't look any further: your chip is simply
+not wired for hardware monitoring.