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Try using the actual device rather than the symlink. Also, I believe if you check out either the man page or the help file that there is a feature that will show you what things your drive is capable of handling.
My buddy has a JVC, very nice as well. Gotta love the flat screen.
./hdparm -d1 /dev/hdc
setting using_dma to 1 (on)
HDIO_SET_DMA failed: Operation not permitted
using_dma = 0 (off)
Same result. I looked at the manpage, however I am probably only interested in trying to activate DMA. Thanks for assisting me. I am satisfied with having attempted to get it to work, but it looks like I'll have to switch back to Microsoft ...j/k.
The flatscreen is very nice. I noticed the difference more on the computer when I switched to flatscreen (NEC MultiSync FE700+) as opposed to the transition to a flatscreen TV. I was probably desensitized to the flatscreen by the time I had the TV.
Originally posted by GtkUser I am satisfied with having attempted to get it to work, but it looks like I'll have to switch back to Microsoft ...j/k.
Uh oh, I'm all sweating bullets now...
I don't know why I let those things get to me, but when people say those kinds of things (and are serious) it's almost motivation to find every possible solution for them, until every option has been exhausted.
Have you given the -cache 128 (or more) option a run for it's money? Yeah, I agree maybe your drive is a bit too old for the dma function, but I really don't know. New ones are relatively cheap, found some on www.pricewatch.com for like 40 bux the other day.
I think that one of the singlemost constraints frequently encountered by new/beginner end users of Linux has to be multimedia. In addition I wasn't able to figure out how to install Java2 for a while (see my webpage), but once I collected the information and installed fash 6, things livened up on Galeon.
Many sites like Sourceforge are good resources, however they don't provide simple instructions for beginners. This website is a useful resource. They should preinstall a link to this website as an icon on the RH desktop.
Good idea, I think I'll fire off an email or something similar to both Mandrake and Redhat later on/tonight suggesting this. They throw on those links to their sites, why not throw one on to a decent help site as well?
My other idea (to send to RH) has to do with technological systems.
Vendors like Microsoft and Sun Microsystems can collect money from customers because complex technolgical systems are developed in large scale teams. There are many open source developers however the organization of their effort, their productivity, could be more efficient and effective if a system of educational institutions dedicated a long term curriculum of tightly coupled courses that nurtured open source research and development. Such a curriculum should focus on scaleable teams, and organic organizational design. I'd appreciate the ability to access a virtual knowledge base for generalization projects, as well as an open source extenisble user mode framework from which I could inherit any specialization through reusable design.