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Old 09-10-2003, 04:56 PM   #1
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Dazzle me - patch for VT8237 - RedHat 9.0 (2.4.20-x)

Can anyone of you gurus provide a coherent (preferably reasonably detailed so that a newbie like myself could understand what the heck you are talking about) answer on how to patch a stock RedHat 9.0 (2.4.20-8 I believe) kernel to enable DMA on ViA VT8237 southbridge?

I am not even talking about this much-ballyhooed (by ViA, AMD and everyone else in this game) VT6420 SATA controller that is part of this southbridge I don't believe anyone can actually describe how one is supposed to patch a kernel during installation to enable install on SATA drive.

With all these references to the gurus Alan Cox, Vojtech Pavlik, Jeff Garzik that have supposedly "resolved" all these issues, there is still no reference anywhere as to how a simple guy like myself can take simple ViA motherboard like Abit KV7 and install a simple RedHat 9.0 on it (either SATA or IDE). And yes, I am sure you'd understand that I would rather have it at DMA 6 than DMA 0, which is what RedHat defaults to during install.

Anyone cares to impress a novice (or maybe even a bunch of novices)?
Old 09-13-2003, 02:40 PM   #2
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Please see and specifically: . Using that framework, along with the install instructions should get you through most of it. However, I use MDK 9.1 and I didn't need to patch to get my chipset to work. I've tried to patch a multimedia kernel patch to my MDK, but I didn't have the right patch version for my kernel version, a most required item, they must match.
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