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SubjectRe: DMA Transfer problem
Thank You, James,

But the problem with sound card drivers are that they dont have a
configurable clock on them, do they??? and as far as i know, this ADC
card involves a lot of register writings for the counter ICs that help
configuring the clock speed for the DMA transfer.... First we set the
control properties, which involves the IRQ, start channel, stop channel,
etc (the card is an 8-channel ADC), (the jumper settings configure the
DMA channels that should be used, 1 or 3). Now we initialize the DMA
controller, so that it throws an interrupt once the transfer of
DMA_COUNT samples of data. The interrupt service routine for this
interrupt can handle the data transfer to the user program. Roughly
thats how the driver works... Now, the problem is that, when running on
the Chino-Laxsons board PCs, the DMA transfers take varying time to
complete (say, if one transfer takes one second, the next might take one
and a half), but this is not supposed to (and doesnt) happen on any
other machines we tested on. Its absolutely synchronous with the clock,
and theres the minimal drift. Can anyone suggest why this could be
happening on this particular board??? And another interesting thing is
that, this card seems to work fine with the Windows driver available to
it (provided by the company.). I need help on this very urgently. If
anybody has had any such experience, and solved it, please let me know.
Thanks in advance,
Harish.

James Courtier-Dutton wrote:

> Harish K Harshan wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>> Im having problems with DMA transfer on Linux, for an ADC card. The
>> card is AxiomTek AX5621H, and can use DMA channels 1 and 3. I tried
>> both the channels, but the DMA transfers are irregular (i.e.) at
>> different speeds (which of course is not acceptable, since that
>> application is time critical). The device driver (which I wrote)
>> seems to work fine for all the other systems I tried it on. But this
>> problem occurs only on one particular model of computer
>> (Chino-Laxsons Pentium-4 boards). I tried another system with the
>> same configuration, but the same resulted. After some time of
>> execution, I get the kernel panic screen, which says the CPU context
>> is corrupt. Please help me with this problem, as I need to get this
>> driver working somehow on the P4 systems. I tried the Redhat-9 kernel
>> (2.4.20-8) and the debian kernel too (2.2.20).... gave the same results.
>>
> Could an ADC card be treated as a ALSA sound card PCM device.
> That card seems to have features very similar to a sound card.
> Sample rate.
> Variable gain.
> Multi-channels.
> ADC
> DMA
>
> I only suggest this, because it could result in a driver that is much
> easier to implement as ALSA supplies a lot of generalised support code
> at the kernel level.
>
> James
>
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