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SubjectRe: AX64 too (was: Re: Dma problems - Aopen Ax34pro VIA chipset seagate drive)
I've got a motherboard with the same Via686a chipset, and i've never had a
problem with DMA when it's enabled.
Using a pair of 20 gig IBM drives on the secondary, and a 3.2 quantum primary,
17.2 gig maxtor. All using DMA, all work. Using ultra/33, I wasn't even
aware this chipset is ultra/66 capable, until last night. Going to acquire an
ultra/66 cable, and test udma/66 mode tonight. And find out what bios setting
makes the thing not _allow_ dma at all.

System used to be flaky with networking, did some memory timing adjustments,
seems to be ok now.
Celeron 300@450, 32 meg sdram.


Model=IBM-DJNA-352030, FwRev=J58OA30K, SerialNo=GQ0GQF07566
Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs }
RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=34
BuffType=DualPortCache, BuffSize=1966kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=off
CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=39876480
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 udma0 udma1 *udma2 udma3 udma4

Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 1.48 seconds = 86.49 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 4.33 seconds = 14.78 MB/sec

Not too bad for an old 20 gig. Same speeds whether i have -c3 -u1 or not.

Turn DMA off, it gets slow though

Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 1.50 seconds = 85.33 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 14.90 seconds = 4.30 MB/sec

Jesus Cea Avion wrote:

> Please, if you respond, send me a copy to my mailbox, too.
> > Status: kernel 2.4.0-test10 (no patches added)
> > Problem: getting dma problems - having to run system with no dma
> > for disc access - seems to be a bus mastering problem.
> > Hardware: Aopen AX34Pro mother board, Via chipset with via686a,
> > Seagate Baracuda ATA66 20GB disc - Latest Bios for motherboard
> > Sony CDU4811 cdrom
> I have a comparable problem with an Aopen AX64 motherboard. Chipset
> via686a.

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