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RE: MULTIA/UDB questions.

The IDE controller in the UDB is rather slow (and chances are that wherever
he got the machine, they swapped out the original SCSI drive long ago - I
think the largest SCSI drive available for a Multia was around 300MB).

I think at one time I was able to enable DMA, which helped, as did using a
more "modern" (for the time) laptop hard drive (big buffer).

I think I read someplace that someone was again producing 2.5" SCSI drives,
but they are rather expensive.  You could also use an external SCSI drive,
but even then the performance isn't amazing (pretty sure the controller is
only SCSI-2).


-----Original Message-----
From: Jerome Warnier [mailto:jwarnier@beeznest.net] 
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004 7:48 AM
To: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: MULTIA/UDB questions.

On Thu, 2004-11-04 at 16:15 -0600, Ted Letofsky wrote:
> Good afternoon,
> I've been working off and on with a UDB/Multia.
> This is a 166mhz non-upgradeable with 128MB of RAM, the floppy disk 
> drive, and an external SCSI cdrom and hard drive.
> There is an internal IDE drive, and it's VERY VERY slow, thus I tend 
> toward ignoring it.
The standard internal 2"1/2 disk is a SCSI one, not IDE. And yes, it is very
slow, and you cannot do anything about it. BTW, if you search and find a
SCSI 2"1/2 disk somewhere, I would be interested too.

Jerome Warnier <jwarnier@beeznest.net>

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