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Manual Pages  — ICHWD

NAME

ichwd – device driver for the Intel ICH watchdog interrupt timer

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following line in your kernel configuration file: device ichwd

Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):

ichwd_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The ichwd driver provides watchdog(4) support for the watchdog interrupt timer present on all Intel ICH motherboard chipsets.

The ICH WDT counts down in ticks of approximately 0.6 seconds; the exact value depends on hardware quality and environmental factors. Supported watchdog intervals range from 2 to 63 ticks.

Note that on some ICH-based systems, the WDT may be present but disabled, either in hardware or by the BIOS. The ichwd driver attempts to detect this condition and will refuse to attach if it believes the WDT is disabled.

SEE ALSO

watchdog(4), watchdog(8), watchdogd(8), watchdog(9)

Document Number 292273-001, Intel Application Note AP-725, Using the Intel ICH Family Watchdog Timer (WDT),

HISTORY

The ichwd driver first appeared in FreeBSD 5.3 .

AUTHORS

The ichwd driver was written by Wm. Daryl Hawkins <Mt dhawkins@tamu.edu> of Texas A&M University and Dag-Erling Sm/orgrav <Mt des@FreeBSD.org>. This manual page was written by Dag-Erling Sm/orgrav <Mt des@FreeBSD.org>.

ICHWD (4) August 20, 2008

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