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    SubjectAdaptec-2920 eats too much cpu time when reading from the CD-ROM
    Hello,

    I have recently purchased a Plextor 12x CD-RW and I have attached it to
    and Adaptec-2920 SCSI card. The card uses the "Future Domain Corp. TMC-18C30
    [36C70]" chip.

    The problem I see: when reading from the CD-RW my system becomes very
    unresponsive and top reveals 90-95% of the time is spent on "system".
    My CPU is AMD K6-III/500MHz with 256 Mb RAM.

    When reading the same CD using the IDE DVD-ROM the time spent in system
    is 5%. Also when the CD-RW is connected to the Advansys SCSI controller
    the CPU usage is also negligible. The Adaptec-2920 uses IRQ 10 and does
    not share it with any other board.

    I notice an unusual number of interrupts in /proc/interrupts: after the
    machine has been up for a couple of hours and I have written three CDs,
    the statistics are:
    CPU0
    0: 638458 XT-PIC timer
    1: 15325 XT-PIC keyboard
    2: 0 XT-PIC cascade
    5: 0 XT-PIC es1371
    8: 1 XT-PIC rtc
    9: 17004 XT-PIC usb-uhci
    10: 3032143 XT-PIC fdomain
    11: 58021 XT-PIC advansys
    12: 2995779 XT-PIC eth0
    14: 107542 XT-PIC ide0
    15: 6895 XT-PIC ide1

    When loading the fdomain module I get:
    scsi1: <fdomain> No BIOS; using scsi id 7
    scsi1: <fdomain> TMC-36C70 (PCI bus) chip at 0xdc00 irq 10
    Bad boy: fdomain (at 0xd08b7866) called us without a dev_id!

    Is there anything I can try?

    Thanks,
    florin

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