[conspire] question regarding CONFIG_ACPI_BLACKLIST_YEAR in menuconfig

Daniel Gimpelevich daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Fri Jul 8 00:49:18 PDT 2005

You know, you could head this issue off at the pass with a newer BIOS. I
found the specs for the 420 here:
The related download page is:
Notice that the Motherboards link on that page goes directly to Intel's
BIOS Updates! Evidently, VA was using stock Intel desktop motherboards. If
you identify the BIOS code for your computer as described on the Intel
website, you'll most likely be able to update your BIOS to one with a
working ACPI. Just go here:

On Thu, 07 Jul 2005 14:32:23 -0700, Darlene Wallach wrote:

> Rick,
> In case you can direct me where to find information:
> I bought a VA Linux 420 from VA Linux Systems in 2000.
> The machine may have been built 15 Feb 2000.
> I'm running make menuconfig.
> [begin help]
> enter a 4-digit year, eg. 2001 to disable ACPI by default 
>                                           on platforms with DMI BIOS 
> date before January 1st that year. 
>                "acpi=force" can be used to override this mechanism. 
> Enter 0 to disable this mechanism and allow ACPI to 
>                                           run by default no matter what 
> the year.  (default) 
> [end help]
> I'm planning on setting this to zero. It currently has
> 2001 set. Since my system is so old and it is a
> Pentium III, should I keep it set to 2001?
> Thank you

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