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SubjectRe: VIA silent disk corruption - patch

In article <20010205190527.A314@colonel-panic.com>,
Peter Horton <pdh@colonel-panic.com> wrote:
> + * VIA VT8363 host bridge has broken feature 'PCI Master Read
> + * Caching'. It caches more than is good for it, sometimes
> + * serving the bus master with stale data. Some BIOSes enable
> + * it by default, so we disable it.

Another data point:

I have an ASUS A7V motherboard with via vt82c686a and Promise pdc20265
IDE controllers. I noticed disk data corruption when I enabled DMA.
The corrupted data was 4K bytes long on 4K byte boundaries and occurred
about once for every couple of gigabytes copied via cpio.
I saw this corruption when the disks were connected to the pdc20265
as well as to the 686a.

I also noticed that turning off read caching eliminated the corruption.

However, if I enable the BIOS parameter "I/O Recovery Time", I can still
enable read caching without seeing any data corruption.
The lastest BIOS revision (1005C) enables "I/O Recovery Time" by default
where the previous revision I had (1004D) did not.

-Dale

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Dale Farnsworth dale@farnsworth.org

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