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Re: DMA is turned off on my HDD

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On 07/17/08 06:48, Anton Liaukevich wrote:
> In the beginning of July I reinstall my Debian system (lenny). At once I
> discover that loading cache in Aptitude (ncurses-UI mode) is very slow
> and in general my system is very slow.
> In several days I discovered that DMA is turned off on my HDD (fsck
> sayed it while Debian booting). Please, help me turn on DMA mode.
> My hardware:
>     motherboard: Epox 8RDA3I rev 3.3 (nForce 2 Ultra)
>     hdd: WD1200JB (ide, 120gb)
>     cpu: Sempron 2200 (k7)
> My software:
>     Debian lenny
>     kernel: linux 2.6.24-1-686
>     bootloader: grub 0.97-41
> My Linux partitions:
>     hda3: / ReiserFS
>     hda4: /usr/local/ Ext3
>     hda7: swap
>     hda8: /home/ EXt3
> I had scanned my hdd with native WD scanner and hadn't detected any
> error. Memory scan (memtest86+) also hadn't detected any error.
> Moreover, Windows XP on another partition of this hdd working normally
> and HDD Health program on it (for S.M.A.R.T viewing) don't predict
> T.E.C. in the near future. Also after previous installation of Debian
> lenny my hdd was working fast.

Soon after a reboot, search dmesg for all references to that WD
drive (probably "ata0"), and for hda.  Maybe that will give you some

Also, maybe it's not using the correct chipset driver.

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Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

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