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well, upgraded hdparm from 5.3 to 5.4... and finally got hard disk performance i have in knoppix (2.4.x kernel) on this slackware 9.1 with 2.6.4 kernel box. hd is fujitsu mpe3064at... hope someone will find this usefull...
and, command added after "Path... " line in /etc/rc.d/rc.S is
hdparm -a 512 -c 3 /dev/hda
Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 2.12 seconds = 60.39 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 3.53 seconds = 18.13 MB/sec