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Location: SW Coast of Florida, USA-- in fact, ground zero for Charley is where my town is
Distribution: Mandrake 10 Community, SuSE 9+
Here is why I am interested:
The JB series has 4 times the buffer of the same size in capacity BB series. You have twice as much RAM as I do-- Slower true speed AMD than my truely 1800 MHz P4 (older Willamette, smaller buffer than yours maybe-- depends on what subseries Athlon)
(/dev/hdc is my burner, run as /dev/scd0 usually in Mandrake, except when it pretends to be a /dev/cdrom for playing audio CDs).
It is NOT about ME VS world, it is about fastest box I can have with given HW and what HW to get next.
Note: All HDs are in UDMA 5, which is ATA\100, with DMA on, so the DMA controller is doing direct writes. (yes, all are on 80-conductor cable, which with some HDs DOES make a difference).
In your case, if you got a floppy with your HD, from Maxtor, you might check the paperwork you got and see if you can talk your drive into running at ATA\100 instead of ATA\33. If the the HD or motherboard is ATA\33, then you are stuck, but if not then you might get about twice the throughput and about 1\2 the itme waiting for things to write that way.
I am going to look into that. Trust me, it took me a look time to get to this level. This is my third set of hard drives. This is the first set of drives in 3 years that had the performance that made me happy. But if I can get a little more out of them I definitly will.
I did the hdparm maybe 6 months ago, on a older mandrake system. I have been trying to do it again with redhat 7.3 and now mand 9 and could not do it. read all the things written on it here and still could not do it. I did list commands in /sbin. it wasn't there. went to software management and installed hdparm and walla. my best times are for the /hda1 partion with windows on it. 64mb in 1.91 sec for a 33.51 mb per sec. a western 20gig 7200rpm drive. this has opened a large window for me, learning how do this in linux is a mile stone for a dumb x-windows user/ my hda1 is for a scanner and the utility for the printer. thanks everybody john
Looks like the Linux reference driver sets are at version 3123 now: http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=li...splay_1.0-3123
has the download and basic instructions-- note in step 2 the links to documentation. I recommend you grab the pdf file and save driver and docs to CD-RW.