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SubjectRe: VIA vt82c686b and UDMA(100)
Brian Dushaw (dushaw@munk.apl.washington.edu) wrote :

> Dear Linux Kernel Wisemen,
> I have been following the discussion of the VIA vt82c686b chipset
> and the troubles people have had in getting UDMA(100) to work. This
> is to report that I have now tried the 2.4.2-ac20 kernel and the
> 2.2.18 kernel with Andre's patch (dated March 20) and neither of
> them get the disk speed up to where it ought to be. hdparm -t reports
> back 11 MB/s or so for either kernel.
> VIA82CXXX enabled, and I also tried the ide0=ata66 flag, in desparation.
> At boot up both kernels report the disk as UDMA(100) - everything
> seems to be peachy keen, but for the sluggish disk performance.
>
> Merely a report from the front lines,
>
> B.D.

Do you also have IDE_AUTO_WHATEVER option enabled ,
as suggested ( no, commanded ) in the VIA_IDE_OPTION help text ?
( press '?' when selecting the VIA IDE driver option )

cat /proc/ide/via ?

What do you think is the "correct" transfer rate of the disk ?

For the record , I have a MSI K7T Pro2A board ( VIA KT133 with a
vt82c686b south bridge ) and a IBM DTLA 307045 hard drive on a 80
wire IDE cable ( set to CABLE-SELECT , connected to the end connector;
you must always first use both connectors on the end of the cable !
never left one end unused )

Without doing any settings with hdparm, I get the full transfer rate
of the disk, measured with hdparm : ~35MB/s


kernel is 2.4.recent or redhat recent 2.4.x versions.

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David Balazic
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