Frequently Asked Questions
3501745, 3501746, 4000943, 4000959, WME859737, WME865488Q: How are the interrupts routed on the Gateway 9115 or 9210 motherboard?A: This information describes interrupt sharing and how the interrupt signals are connected between the PCI bus connectors and onboard PCI devices. The PCI specification specifies how interrupts can be shared between devices attached to the PCI bus. In most cases, the small amount of latency added by interrupt sharing does not affect the operation or throughput of the devices. In some special cases where maximum performance is needed from a device, a PCI device should not share an interrupt with other PCI devices. Use the following information to avoid sharing an interrupt with a PCI add-in card.
PCI devices are categorized as follows to specify their interrupt grouping:
The 6300ESB I/O has eight programmable interrupt request (PIRQ) input signals. All PCI interrupt sources either onboard or from a PCI add-in card connect to one of these PIRQ signals. Some PCI interrupt sources are electrically tied together on the motherboard and therefore share the same interrupt.
The following table shows an example of how the PIRQ signals are routed. For example, using the table as a reference, assume an add-in card using INTB is plugged into PCI bus connector 3. In PCI bus connector 3, INTB is connected to PIRQA, which is already connected to the Promise PDC20319 Controller. The add-in card in PCI bus connector 3 now shares an interrupt with the onboard interrupt source.