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SubjectRe: IDE-DVD problems [excuse former idiotic topic]
On Wed, 4 Sep 2002 11:49:45 -0400, Benjamin LaHaise <> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 04, 2002 at 08:48:00AM -0700, Joseph N. Hall wrote:
> > * Performance is terrible
> > * booting with noapic makes no difference
> > * Performance seems to indicate some kind of difficulties in
> > the kernel, perhaps connected to interrupt handling
> That's what happens when DMA isn't being used: the kernel spends lots of
> time copying data from the drive in the interrupt handler and not allowing
> userspace to execute.

Right, but it will work with or without DMA, for some definition
of "work." Or it should work, right?

The Sony DVD-ROM performs acceptably w/o DMA (FIC Sabre box w/
1Ghz Pentium, Intel chipset) although it runs faster and smoother
w/ DMA turned on. Same observation w.r.t CD-ROM. The LF-D210
(probably it's a D231, they all identify as D210 I think)

Do you know anyone who has gotten this particular drive to work?
Or for that matter if there are any troubles with the KT333
chipset? I wouldn't be surprised if there are some interrupt
"issues" with KT333 because my plain old IDE performance was
not good under the stock 2.4.18-3 kernel ... it would do some
of the same things (lots of system time, temporary "pauses",

I wouldn't mind a m/b change although most of the good
Athlon options are KT333, which probably doesn't
solve anything. I *was* going to build a dual box with an
S2466 ... maybe I should reconsider doing that.

I am also having problems with the C-Media onboard audio +
ALSA (0.9 rc3) ... it hangs the system (totally) after playing
for a few seconds. So that is another strike against this
particular h/w configuration.


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