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Old 08-01-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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Wrong bus speed on hard drive?


During boot up I have noticed the message :

"ide: assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx"

My hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 series which is ATA-100. Does this mean that my hard drive is running slower than it should? If so, do I add idebus=100 to the kernel line in my /boot/grub/menu.lst?
 
Old 08-01-2006, 08:10 PM   #2
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It may mean your IDE cable is ATA-33.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 10:18 PM   #3
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No, only if your HDD is set in PIO mode will it run at 33MHz. It's most likely running in DMA mode.
"dmesg | grep DMA" should tell you.
 
Old 08-03-2006, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.
"dmesg | grep DMA" gave the following output:

SIS5513: SiS 962/963 MuTIOL IDE UDMA133 controller
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xffa0-0xffa7, BIOS settings: hdaMA, hdbMA
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xffa8-0xffaf, BIOS settings: hdcMA, hddMA
hda: 234441648 sectors (120034 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=14593/255/63, UDMA(100)

It looks as if hda (my hard drive) is running in DMA mode. Is that right?

EDIT: I don't have a clue what the smilies are doing in there but I can't get rid of them!

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Old 08-04-2006, 12:38 AM   #5
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Yes, all four of your drives are running in DMA mode. Your hda in particular is running in UDMA100 (100 MB/s) mode.

The smilies are because that's what you get when you put a colon next to a capital D, unless you turn of smilies

If they really bother you, click on "edit" then "go advanced" and check "disable smilies" at the bottom.

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Old 08-04-2006, 01:44 PM   #6
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Once again, many thanks

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