Re: IDE-flash device and hard disk on same controller

From: bill davidsen (
Date: Thu Aug 22 2002 - 08:41:24 EST

In article <>,
Heater, Daniel (IndSys, GEFanuc, VMIC) <> wrote:

| OK. hdc=flash works where hdc=hard drive and hdd=CompactFlash.
| Thanks Padraig.
| I guess it's 6 of one, half-dozen the other, but telling the kernel that my
| hard drive is a flash drive just makes me feel squidgy! I'm still inclined
| to suggest that the test that _prevents_ hard drive + CF configuration is no
| longer appropriate now that _some_ (most??) hardware vendors have figured
| out how to get ide-flash devices to work without "hanging" when no second
| device is present. Users with incompatible hardware can still prevent the
| long system hang by using hdx=none.

I think that traditionally people with broken hardware have been the
ones to use parameters to warn the kernel about them. I certainly have
run some ill-behaved hardware that way ;-) Since there is now and will
be in the future more correct systems than broken, it would seem that
the default would be to work with correct systems.

bill davidsen <>
  CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.
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