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[ The PC Guide | Systems and Components Reference Guide | Motherboard and System Devices | System Resources | Interrupts (IRQs) | IRQ Details By Number ]


IRQ Number: 15

16-Bit Priority: 10

Bus Line: 16-bit only

Typical Default Use: Secondary IDE channel.

Other Common Uses: Network cards, SCSI host adapters.

Description: On most newer PCs, this IRQ is reserved for use by the secondary IDE controller, which provides access to the third and fourth IDE/ATA devices (usually hard disk drives and/or CD-ROM drives). If you are not using IDE, or are using only two devices and want to put them on the primary channel to free up this IRQ, that can be done easily as long as you remember to disable the secondary IDE channel using either the appropriate BIOS setting (for integrated IDE support on newer boards) or jumpers on the controller board (for older machines that use an IDE controller card).

Conflicts: Problems with IRQ15 typically result from assigning a peripheral to use it while forgetting to disable the integrated secondary IDE controller. Most Pentium or later (PCI-based) motherboards have two integrated IDE controllers. Some people incorrectly assume that there will be no conflict if nothing is attached to the secondary channel, but this is not always the case.

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