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Old 12-19-2004, 09:54 PM   #1
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2.6.x Athalon XP 2700+ A7V600-X mb slow

I just upgraded my hardware yesterday after a downgrade. I was running (Slackware Current) on a AMD-Duron 700mhz system with no problems at all. The hardware went south, and thinking it was the software I did a reinstall of Slackware 10 using 2.4.26 and then 2.4.27. I moved over to a PII 400mhz using the stock kernel until I upgraded the hardware.

I upgraded the mb, processor, and memory. I kept all other components the same. I moved to the 2.6.9 kernel and started noticing some issues:

1) When I extract large archives (i.e.; kernels) there is a tendency for everything to slow down. The mouse gets jittery, typing is paused, etc.

2) If I burn a CD in ATAPI the same thing slowness occurs until the burn process is complete.

None of this exists in 2.4.27. Everything runs smooth.

I have tried 2.6.9-ck, 2.6.10-rc3, and all to the same effect. I have tried turning off the premptive kernel features, and that did not make a difference.

The only other change I made was to move from the sb live I had in there to the AD1888. I used the sb live with the 2.6.9 kernel so moving sound cards is not an issue.

I am wondering if this is has anything to do with the ide controllers and such. I am still using my old 20gb hard drives which may be dma/66 or ealier. The controllers I have now support up to 133 so perhaps I am missing something in the config. The problem only seems to happen with regards to ide activity so far.

System specs:

Asus A7V600-X mb VIA KT600 North Bridge and VIA VT8237 South Bridge
Athlon XP 2700+
512 mb DDR ram
Nvidia GForce FX 5200 w/128mb
VT6102 Rhine-II ethernet controller
AD1888 audio
Haupuage BT787 WinTV
Firewire Card: Via Tech.

2x Maxto 20gb drives
Compaq DVD drive

All ide devices have dma on (right now and I belive they do in the 2.6.x but I would have to double check again)

PS/2 keyboard
USB logitech optical mouse
USB Epson Perfection 610 scanner
Old 12-19-2004, 10:23 PM   #2
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Well, posting here, and collecting my thoughts, seemed to help produce the answer. It was the dma issue. None of my drivers had dma enabled. I compiled in the VIA 82Cxxx driver and now DMA is being enabled at boot. Everything is running smoothly again on Guess it is time for 2.6.9-ck or 2.6.10-rc3...


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