There is a ITE8783 watchdog chip placed within my machine (OS Ubuntu 14.04.1).
The kernel module it87 supports is.
This module was not automatically loaded on startup.
So I added
it87 to /etc/modules. Now the module loads at startup.
it87: Found IT8783F chip at 0x290, revision 0 it87: Beeping is supported it87 it87.656: Detected broken BIOS defaults, disabling PWM interface
I have recognized that there is no /dev/watchdog device showing up.
So I googled around and create it doing
mknod /dev/watchdog c 10 130.
Now the device appears but I think the watchdog process doesn't take magically care? Furthermore, is there anything missing because /dev/watchdog is not created automatically? Should I create the device with udev or anything else? I'm not that familiar with kernel modules, devices and watchdogs. So please give me a hint. Thanks!