Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software > Linux - Kernel
User Name
Linux - Kernel This forum is for all discussion relating to the Linux kernel.


  Search this Thread
Old 09-10-2009, 12:49 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2009
Posts: 67

Rep: Reputation: 19
ATA specification for free? Help on kernel modules

In troubleshooting some issues with Fedora 11 I came across a link that was supposed to have the ATA specification for free (at last): It looks to me like you need to buy the ATA specification from ANSI, which isn't much help. Does anyone know where you can download the ATA specification for free? Where did the kernel developers get the ATA specificaiton?

The issue that I am troubleshooting is what different kernel modules affect the use of ATA harddrives, and what options they have. I was specifically looking at the newer 2.6.29 kernel and also the 2.6.30 kernel. An older kernel seemed to have no problem seeing the full size of the ATA harddrive, and I would like to find out why. Can post the kernel from the Gparted live cd later when I reboot and what modules it loads. I think that I used to know what option to use, but it has been some time since I had to use it that I need to do some troubleshooting to find it. The ATA specification would help in looking at some of the kernel modules, if someone knows where to get it for free.
Old 09-10-2009, 08:35 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Distribution: Debian Stretch (Fluxbox WM)
Posts: 1,389
Blog Entries: 52

Rep: Reputation: 355Reputation: 355Reputation: 355Reputation: 355
If you need an official copy then you end up paying for the privilege.

You can log in to their ftp site eg

with the public credentials from

and you will find drafts of the ATAPI-7 standard here (which you would expect to be close to the final one).

Or you can google for things like:
  • atapi draft filetype:pdf
  • atapi-6 filetype:pdf
  • t13 "at attachment" filetype:pdf
and you may turn up what you want. I won't provide links here because they will not be stable.

Last edited by neonsignal; 09-10-2009 at 08:37 PM.


ata, kernel, module

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
kernel boot option for using enhanced mode P-ATA+S-ATA dont_stop_me Linux - Hardware 0 12-22-2006 03:39 PM
From 2.4 to 2.6 kernel get ata-interrupt Margit Andersen Linux - Newbie 0 09-12-2006 03:58 AM
HP Omnibook 6000 Hard drive interface: ATA-100 or ATA-6? shortname Linux - Laptop and Netbook 3 05-11-2005 09:22 PM
Kernel 2.4.23 compile causes kernel panics on ATA RAID-1 (mirror) array Raptor Ramjet Slackware 3 12-18-2003 01:40 PM
help. ATA/SCSI Serial-ATA error: "ATA: Abnormal Status" xin Linux - Hardware 10 09-05-2003 10:59 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software > Linux - Kernel

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:50 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration