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SubjectRe: IDE-DMA woes
Mark Hahn wrote:

> > _sometimes_ I get the following message from the kernel
> > after resuming from APM standby mode:
> right, no big surprise there - the bios fails to properly
> restore the ide controller's state.

Hmmm... I had had some trouble with the BIOS previously;
Specifically, the machine would hang whenever I wanted it to
power-off _or_ reboot (kernel 2.2.16 - 2.2.14 probably had a workaround
which later got dropped). But a BIOS upgrade from IBM fixed that and
some other irrelevent problems; The documentation with the flash didn't
mention anything about DMA (specifically - it may have been hidden in
some fixes said to be necessary for WinNT 5 beta).

> > ide_dmaproc: chipset supported ide_dma_timeout func only: 14
> are you sure this happens near in time to the following?

Yes. and this too:
hda: timeout waiting for DMA
Just before the message from ide_dmaproc()

> > hda: drive not ready for command
> that's not good.

What does this mean?

> > IBM machine detected. Enabling interrupts during APM calls.
> have you tried without this feature?
Not exactly; Some docs I found at the IBM site recommended the user
to configure the kernel to:
(1) Enable APM
(2) Enable PM at boot-time
(3) Enable interrupts during APM BIOS calls.
It seems that 2.4 kernels detects this and enables interrupts
automatically... I've yet to see what would break if I enable

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