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    SubjectRe: Identifying/activating faster ATAxx modes (WAS kernel config tale of woe)
    On Tue, Nov 26, 2002 at 01:15:45PM +0100, Tomas Szepe wrote:

    > > > > /dev/hda:
    > > > >
    > > > > Model=Maxtor 6E030L0, FwRev=NAR61590, SerialNo=E106SZLE
    > > > > Config={ Fixed }
    > > > > RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=57
    > > > > BuffType=DualPortCache, BuffSize=2048kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=16
    > > > > CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=60058656
    > > > > IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:120,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
    > > > > PIO modes: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
    > > > > DMA modes: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2
    > > > > UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
    > > >...
    > > > This is weird. Your disk seems to be set up for udma6 (UATA133),
    > > > which should provide for transfer rates of at least 40MiB/s.
    > > >...
    > >
    > > The information in "hdparm -i" shows the identification info of the
    > > drive. It doesn't show whether DMA is actually used (you need
    > > "hdparm -v" for this)...
    >
    > While this is true, I fail to see why the -i output would report
    > udma6 as being the current transfer mode instead of a pio one if
    > DMA were disabled.

    These were my thoughts until someone told me some time ago that this is
    wrong...

    1. "man hdparm" says: "-i Display the identification info that
    was obtained from the drive at _boot time_", it doesn't give
    information about the current state of the drive.

    2. Try to disable DMA using "hdparm -d0" (you can check it with
    "hdparm -v") - the information displayed by "hdparm -i" won't
    change.

    > Tomas Szepe <szepe@pinerecords.com>

    cu
    Adrian

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