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PCI I/O and PCI Memory Addresses

    These two address spaces are used by the devices to communicate with their device drivers running in the Linux kernel on the CPU. For example, the DECchip 21141 fast ethernet device maps its internal registers into PCI I/O space. Its Linux device driver then reads and writes those registers to control the device. Video drivers typically use large amounts of PCI memory space to contain video information.

Until the PCI system has been set up and the device's access to these address spaces have been turned on using the Command field in the PCI Configuration header, nothing can access them. It should be noted that only the PCI configuration code reads and writes PCI configuration addresses; the Linux device drivers only read and write PCI I/O and PCI memory addresses.

David A. Rusling