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RemusX2 03-15-2007 02:51 PM

DMA randomly shuts itself off
I have two optical drives installed, one CD-Rom and one DVD-Rom.
The CD drive is /dev/hda/ while the DVD drive is /dev/hdb/. I have had the ongoing problem of DMA turning itself off randomly for the DVD drive. I am have not a clue how to fix this, and it's not too big of a deal as I can just turn it back on through a terminal, but randomly it will be off when I burn a disc and it will bog down the system horribly while the media is being written.

Any ideas?


Lenard 03-17-2007 05:24 AM

Check for firmware updates for both the CD and DVD devices, also check for a system BIOS upgrade from the manufacturer also and install as needed.

GrapefruiTgirl 03-17-2007 10:22 AM

Meanwhile you could make a little tiny script and put it in the hourly cron folder, or even in another more frequent cron folder, like half-hourly, and simply have it apply the hdparm setting to the drive which turns DMA on.
Check 'man hdparm' for details.

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