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Old 06-17-2006, 04:39 AM   #1
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Smile How can I get the support chipset list of Linux kernel?

Hi all,
I'm working on a new chipset,named Whitmore Lake MICH3100, on Yonah(Core Duo). Intel has not yet released the chipsets. I need make a LSP(Linux support package) to run the system. How can I know if the latest Linux support it? How can I get the support chipsets list of a certain version Linux kernel? Like that Linux supports 945GM Express, but doesn't support xxxx. How many time will the latest patch take after a new chipsets is released?
Thank you very much.

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Old 06-18-2006, 03:40 AM   #2
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I'm just an amateur, so don't take what I say as gospel, but it seems to me that it would be an almost impossible task to get a full list. Many drivers are configured as modules, and are not loaded into the kernel unless needed. I suppose you could get the kernel source and do a grep for the chipset number you're looking for; that might or might not find what you need to know. And of course, there are also third-party modules and patches that would need to be hunted down separately.

So unless there's something out there that I don't know about, I think you'll probably have to use other avenues of research. Get on the mailing list or something and discuss it with the people who actually work on the code. And sharpen up your google-fu. Good luck.
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The kernel will try to use code that is most compatible for the chipset, so the computer can still work with out some features. The patches depends if Intel has included hidden workarounds that their software has. The kernel developers have to reverse engineer the workaounrds if there are any. The patches depends on if a kernel developer can get the chipset in their hands to start writting software for it. Also it does help if Intel is willing to give source code to help the kernel developer to write software for the chipset. Linux should be able to handle the new chipset with out any problems.

The code for the 945GM chipset that the Linux kernel supports is only for graphics.
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Hi David the H. ,Electro,
Thank you two. I got it


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