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Old 06-09-2005, 03:10 PM   #1
ricardo06
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is there linux support for ATI xpress 200P ?


Hello,

I just purchased a PC with an TUL xpress 200P mother board.
It has a x86_64 amd 3500+ and a chipset ATI.
I tried tree different distros and they all failed to enable the dma to the ide disks.
I tried the 'hdparm' utility to set up dma but it stays off.

ATI does not reply to my questions and i don't know where to adress the problem.

Can somebody help ?

Thanks
richard
 
Old 06-10-2005, 08:03 AM   #2
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To enable DMA you might have to compile a kernel module driver for your chipset.

( If you are a newbie to kernel compiling, don't worry, it's very easy. There are plenty of guides to compile a kernel. Just search this forum for them. )

The option you have to look for in make menuconfig should be
ATA/IDE/MFM/RLL support -> IDE, ATA and ATAPI block devices

Choose the appropriate chipset from that menu and then recompile the kernel.

Good luck.
 
Old 06-10-2005, 06:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.
I did not have to recompile. I actually installed the kernel 2.6.11-1 ubuntu from the package installer and it did the trick.
Currently i am not sure the distribution will operate correctly as the modules are still compiles against 2.6.10-5 that is the version of the distribution.

Richard
 
Old 06-10-2005, 07:02 PM   #4
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I actually installed the kernel 2.6.11-1 ubuntu from the package installer and it did the trick.
Yes. Probably that kernel already has precompiled modules for the hard disk driver.
 
  


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