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i just finished upgrading to the 2.6.8 kernel and everything went as planned and everything's working as it should, except the fact that the box seems a little sluggish. i'm running on a 333 Mhz Celeron processor with about 198 megs of RAM. it's a slow box but its become a lot slower than when i was originally on 2.4.6...
Its been a while since I compiled my own kernel, but I do remember something similar happening to me. I didn't compile in support for my chipset and when I would do "hdparm /dev/hda" it would return about 3.00 MB/sec. So then I re-compiled with support for my chipset and ran the same command and it came back at 40.00 MB/sec. Might be worth looking into
i tried to run hdparm to enable DMA and this is what i get when i type in the command:
bash-2.05b# hdparm -X69 -d1 -u1 /dev/hda
setting unmaskirq to 1 (on)
setting using_dma to 1 (on)
HDIO_SET_DMA failed: Operation not permitted
setting xfermode to 69 (UltraDMA mode5)
unmaskirq = 1 (on)
using_dma = 0 (off)
i use a QUANTUM FIREBALLlct08 08, ATA DISK drive
and when i was compiling the kernel it didn't have a kernel module for that specific drive....
since its not letting me enable dma what should i do ? any suggestions ...
I have a Asus A7VE motherboard, in order to get DMA enabled and get a decent return with hdparm, I had to compile in support for my chipset
under ATA/IDE/MFM/RLL support ---> when I did a "make menuconfig". Like I said it has been a while, but what you're experiencing sounds a lot like what I was going through. HTH. If not, I'll let someone more knowledgeable try to help you out. Good luck!