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Re: DMA is turned off on my HDD

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On 07/17/08 07:47, Pavlos Parissis 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.
> [snip]
>> 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.
> Use hdparm command to see if the DMS is enabled, if not enable it
> with the -d flag. If that action makes your system "faster"
> configure /etc/hdparm.conf to enable the DMA on boot.

That should not be needed if the correct SATA driver is being loaded.

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