Re: Problems with IDE on GA-7VAXP motherboard

From: Vojtech Pavlik (
Date: Fri Jun 20 2003 - 06:57:41 EST

On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 07:40:30AM -0400, wrote:

> Mostly, I want to know if what is listed by a -i/-I is assumed 'safe' to
> use. Certaintly I'm expecting you to say 'no, backup your data first
> before experimenting' so, you need not surprise me. However, any other
> advice you have would certaintly be appreciated. Also, I have a 486 with
> dma capable hard disks that has a non dma capable disk controller, so if
> I can get PIO modes working on it's hard disks it might speed things up
> slightly, who knows.

Well, send me the output of your dmesg (only the IDE parts),
/proc/ide/via, hdparm /dev/hd*, hdparm -i /dev/hd* and I'll write a
commentary on what means what and what's the maximum speed the thing is
expected to operate at.

Vojtech Pavlik
SuSE Labs, SuSE CR
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