Note: this presentation is badly outdated; it's from 1998.
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ISA Plug 'n' Play Can Be Complicated

Linux can have difficulty using ISA Plug and Play cards that are needed at boot time, such as an ISA PNP IDE controller that controls the boot drive. It's not impossible, but it does take some extra work.

Linux provides a suite of tools, isapnptools, that configure and initialize ISA PNP cards. These are useful for setting up things like modems and sound card that are Plug and Play. Indeed, these tools allow you to control every aspect of how the cards are set up if you choose. You don't have to worry about your programs no longer working if you add a new card to your computer.

Note that Linux has no problem with PCI Plug and Play cards.

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