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Re: hdparm not o.k. ?

do you have the proper chipset driver for your HD controller or motherboard loaded? if not then DMA won't work because it won't know where/how to turn it on.

Knoppix loads a kernel which probably has your MB /HD controller loaded so at least you know it will work.

Jacob Bresciani

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On Sep 19, 2005, at 10:04 AM, Hans wrote:

Hi folks,
I tried to improve my settings of the harddrive. These are the original

 multcount    = 16 (on)
 IO_support   =  1 (32-bit)
 unmaskirq    =  0 (off)
 using_dma    =  0 (off)
 keepsettings =  0 (off)
 readonly     =  0 (off)
 readahead    = 256 (on)
 geometry     = 16383/255/63, sectors = 195371568, start = 0

You see, dma is off. When trying to set this to on ( hdparm -d 1 / dev/hda), I
get this error:

 setting using_dma to 1 (on)
 HDIO_SET_DMA failed: Operation not permitted
 using_dma    =  0 (off)

could there be a bug in hdparm ? When running knoppix in 32-Bit- mode it works

These are the infos from /dev/hda:

hdparm -i /dev/hda


 Model=ST9100823A, FwRev=3.01, SerialNo=3LG02H6A
 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs RotSpdTol>.5% }
 RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=4
 BuffType=unknown, BuffSize=8192kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=16
 CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=195371568
 IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:240,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
 PIO modes:  pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
 DMA modes:  mdma0 mdma1 mdma2
 UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5
 AdvancedPM=yes: unknown setting WriteCache=enabled
 Drive conforms to: ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D revision 2:

 * signifies the current active mode

Could it be a bug ??? Any clue ??

Best regards


Look at this, please.

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