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Old 11-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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Is DMA mode enabled for my optical drive?


In an attempt to know if my optical drive /dev/hdc has DMA mode enabled, I ran
$ sudo /usr/sbin/hdparm -I /dev/hdc


ATAPI CD-ROM, with removable media
        Model Number:       PHILIPS SPD2417T                        
        Serial Number:      
        Firmware Revision:  P1.0    
        Supported: CD-ROM ATAPI-3 -4 -5 -6 -7 
        DRQ response: 50us.
        Packet size: 12 bytes
        LBA, IORDY(cannot be disabled)
        DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 *udma4 
             Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
        PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4 
             Cycle time: no flow control=383ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
but this does not seem to give the information I seek. Does somebody know how to get it? Perhaps /sbin/dmesg|grep some_string? BIOS setup menu does not mention DMA, except for the parallel port.

I also tried this:
root@darkstar:~# dmesg|grep hdc|grep DMA
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xffa8-0xffaf, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:DMA
hdc: ATAPI 16X DVD-ROM DVD-R-RAM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache, UDMA(66)
Does it mean that optical drive has DMA mode enabled? I do not think so.

Last edited by stf92; 11-09-2012 at 07:10 PM.
Old 11-10-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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Yes, you are using DMA, specifically udma4. The asterisk next to the mode in the first response indicates the mode in use.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:36 AM   #3
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Yes, I came to that conclusion when I saw the asterisk later. But even so I was not sure. Thanks a lot.


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