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SubjectRe: Poor IDE performance with VIA MVP3
On Monday 05 November 2001 06:50, Ryan Hayle wrote:
> I have a VIA MVP3 (VT82C586B) controller on my motherboard, and am
> experiencing extremely poor performance with a Maxtor 20G
> (52049U4) drive. It is an UDMA66-capable drive, but I'm only attempting
> to use UDMA33 (with an 80-pin cable, as recommended).
> The drive is detected and works just fine, with no errors reported,
> however the acces is painfully slow. hdparm -t varries from 970 K/sec to
> 2.5 M/sec. (See below)

Are you saying that hdparm -T -t is yielding wildly varying results?
Looks similar to failing hd symptoms or bug in IDE layer causing retries
after error/timeout. What's in the logs?

> The drive is attached by itself to the first IDE channel. On the second I
> have a Maxtor 6.8G (90680D4) and a CDROM. hdparm -t on the second drive
> typically gives 8-9 M/sec. I manually set this drive with hdparm -X34
> (mdma2), otherwise it generates errors.
> I have tried Linux 2.2.19, 2.4.12, and now 2.4.13, and all exhibit this
> same behavior. I was originally running with a 40-pin cable, and switched
> it to the 80 to see if it might help, but it had no effect. As some
> background information, I was originally running linux off of the second
> 6G drive, and opted to move it onto the 20G because it got better
> performance. Once I did this, however, the drive started performing
> slowly like this, regardless of whether I'm booting to it or the 6G
> drive.
> Does this sound like it's just a hardware problem? Has anyone experienced
> anything similar to this? Any advice would be greatly apreciated.

Well, I had problems with drives refusing to do [u]dma.
On my home machine I found out that compiling kernel with support for VIA
chipset allowed udma to work ok (hdparm -T -t = ~20mb/s). Without that
support, my hd was stuck in pio, ~6mb/s.
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