Connecting Hardware

When you boot a Neutrino desktop system, it starts a device enumerator, a manager that detects most hardware devices.

The enumerator loads a set of configuration files from /etc/system/enum/devices that define what your system should do (e.g., start a specific driver) when you add or remove hardware.

You can edit the enumerator's configuration files, if necessary. For more information, see Controlling How Neutrino Starts in this guide, and enum-devices in the Utilities Reference.

An embedded Neutrino system typically has specific hardware, so when the system boots, it's likely to explicitly start the appropriate drivers.

You can find a list of currently supported hardware in the Community area of our website, The website lists the chipsets and hardware that we've tested with Neutrino. However, many times there are slight variants of chipsets that will work with the drivers even if they aren't listed. It's often worth trying these chipsets to see if the driver will work with your hardware, but note that the hardware might not behave as expected.

Note: Neutrino doesn't currently support tapes.

You'll use the information in this chapter if the enumerator can't detect your system's devices, or if you want to manually configure static devices in an embedded system.