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Re: How do I enable UDMA automatically

On Mon, 29 May 2000, Joe Cooper wrote:

> I'm glad I could help.

Thanks I really appreciate it..

> I found this problem exists with my Via MVP4 UDMA66 onboard controllers
> and certain drives (Seagate Barracuda and Quantum), whereas Maxtor and
> IBM drives work fine.  

Yes I think this is the Crux of the matter...My setup is  a 13GB Quantum
Fireball, and the mother board is a K7M which uses the VIA VT82C686A

>The problem drives work fine on a Promise
> controller in DMA mode, but not on the Via.  It's a shame, too, because
> both are faster than the Maxtors for my purposes (web caching).

Yes..the VIA setup with a Quantum really is fast...
> But in my case...DMA will eventually turn itself off again anyway, even
> if you turn it on with hdparm.  If you're using UDMA66 controllers and
> drives, you may be seeing the same bug.  So far there is no cure for
> it.  As long as you don't put a strain on the drive it won't turn DMA
> mode off...but as soon as you push it for a few seconds, it turns off.

Well I tested this out by running fairly disk intensive apps like "find
/" and gcc on the kernel source at the same time, bit the dma did not turn
off...I guess that the bug may not be there with my setup...I hope...

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