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Old 09-19-2003, 09:39 PM   #1
rod cambridge
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Unhappy Mandrake 9.1 on TECRA S1 :DMA problems

having problems getting DMA working properly on my Toshiba tecra S1,

1. here is the output of the config checking program:

Linux version 2.4.21-0.13mdk
(gcc version 3.2.2 (Mandrake Linux 9.1 3.2.2-3mdk)) #1 Fri Mar 14 15:08:06 EST 2003
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000e0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000001fff0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000001fff0000 - 000000001fffffc0 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000001fffffc0 - 0000000020000000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ffb80000 - 00000000ffc00000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000fff80000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
511MB LOWMEM available.
ACPI: have wakeup address 0xc0001000
On node 0 totalpages: 131056
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 126960 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=linux-nonfb ro root=306 devfs=mount hdc=ide-scsi acpi=off
ide_setup: hdc=ide-scsi
Local APIC disabled by BIOS -- reenabling.
Found and enabled local APIC!
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 1395.507 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 2785.28 BogoMIPS
Memory: 515092k/524224k available (1410k kernel code, 8744k reserved, 1118k data, 136k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU: After generic, caps: a7e9fbbf 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: a7e9fbbf 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1400MHz stepping 05
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
enabled ExtINT on CPU#0
ESR value before enabling vector: 00000000
ESR value after enabling vector: 00000000
Using local APIC timer interrupts.
calibrating APIC timer ...
..... CPU clock speed is 1395.5443 MHz.
..... host bus clock speed is 99.6817 MHz.
cpu: 0, clocks: 996817, slice: 498408
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
ACPI: Subsystem revision 20030122
ACPI: Disabled via command line (acpi=off)
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xe9f24, last bus=2
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: ACPI tables contain no PCI IRQ routing entries
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
PCI: Ignoring BAR0-3 of IDE controller 00:1f.1
Transparent bridge - Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge
PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX [8086/24cc] at 00:1f.0
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:1f.1
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 00:1d.2
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:09.1
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 00:1d.1
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:09.2
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 02:08.0
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.16)
Starting kswapd
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
devfs: v1.12c (20020818) Richard Gooch (
devfs: boot_options: 0x1
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with HUB-6 MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI ISAPNP enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 00:1f.6
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 00:1f.3
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 00:1f.5
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 32000K size 1024 blocksize
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
hda: TOSHIBA MK4019GAX, ATA DISK drive
hdc: DW-224E, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 78140160 sectors (40008 MB), CHS=4864/255/63
Partition check:
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1 p2 < p5 p6 > p3
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 108k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Mounted devfs on /dev
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Mounted devfs on /dev
Freeing unused kernel memory: 136k freed
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10e
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 15:32:56 Mar 14 2003
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 00:1d.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 01:00.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 02:09.0
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.0 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0x1200, IRQ 10
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:1d.1
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 02:09.1
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.1 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0x1600, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:1d.2
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 00:1f.1
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.2 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0x1700, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 3
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
PCI: Assigned IRQ 5 for device 00:1d.7
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1d.7 to 64
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB EHCI Controller
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: irq 5, pci mem e0874000
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 4
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: enabled 64bit PCI DMA
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: USB 2.0 enabled, EHCI 1.00, driver 2002-Dec-20
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 6 ports detected
usbdevfs: remount parameter error
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,6), internal journal
Adding Swap: 1044216k swap-space (priority -1)
hub.c: connect-debounce failed, port 1 disabled
hub.c: new USB device 00:1d.1-1, assigned address 2
usb.c: USB device 2 (vend/prod 0x45e/0x29) is not claimed by any active driver.
usb.c: registered new driver usb_mouse
usb-uhci.c: interrupt, status 3, frame# 1110
input0: Microsoft Microsoft IntelliMouse® Optical on usb2:2.0
usbmouse.c: v1.6:USB HID Boot Protocol mouse driver
usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
usb.c: registered new driver hid
hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik <>
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
Vendor: TEAC Model: DW-224E Rev: 7.0B
Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
NTFS driver 2.1.1a [Flags: R/O MODULE].
NTFS volume version 3.1.
eepro100.c:v1.09j-t 9/29/99 Donald Becker
eepro100.c: $Revision: 1.36 $ 2000/11/17 Modified by Andrey V. Savochkin and others
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:08.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 02:09.2
eth0: OEM i82557/i82558 10/100 Ethernet, 00:A015:9E:7E, IRQ 11.
Board assembly 000000-000, Physical connectors present: RJ45
Primary interface chip i82555 PHY #1.
General self-test: passed.
Serial sub-system self-test: passed.
Internal registers self-test: passed.
ROM checksum self-test: passed (0x04f4518b).
inserting floppy driver for 2.4.21-0.13mdk
floppy0: no floppy controllers found
Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 24x/24x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
martian source from, on dev eth0
ll header: ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:00:09:5b:46:d1:54:08:00
Installing knfsd (copyright (C) 1996
Intel 810 + AC97 Audio, version 0.24, 15:29:58 Mar 14 2003
PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 00:1f.5
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 00:1f.3
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 00:1f.6
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1f.5 to 64
i810: Intel ICH4 found at IO 0xe100 and 0xe000, MEM 0xf0000000 and 0xf0000200, IRQ 10
i810: Intel ICH4 mmio at 0xe096e000 and 0xe0970200
i810_audio: Primary codec has ID 0
i810_audio: Audio Controller supports 6 channels.
i810_audio: Defaulting to base 2 channel mode.
i810_audio: Resetting connection 0
i810_audio: Connection 0 with codec id 0
ac97_codec: AC97 Audio codec, id: ADS99 (Unknown)
i810_audio: AC'97 codec 0 Unable to map surround DAC's (or DAC's not present), total channels = 2
ide0: Speed warnings UDMA 3/4/5 is not functional.
ide0: Speed warnings UDMA 3/4/5 is not functional.

2. And this is the output of the "hdparm -Tt " option

Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.26 seconds =492.31 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 13.83 seconds = 4.63 MB/sec

as you can see buffered disk read is woeful, leading to very slow I/O. have tried to activate DMA with "hdparm -d1" option
and this error message follows:

setting using_dma to 1 (on)
HDIO_SET_DMA failed: Operation not permitted
using_dma = 0 (off)

Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!
kernel type is up the top of the page.
Old 09-22-2003, 08:09 PM   #2
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40Gb drive in a Tecra, it should test out around at least 15, yeah that sucks... what's the current dma setting?

hdparm -i /dev/hda


Old 09-24-2003, 01:03 AM   #3
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Model=TOSHIBA MK4019GAX, FwRev=FA003E, SerialNo=53AK0138T
Config={ Fixed }
RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=46
BuffType=unknown, BuffSize=0kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=16
CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=78140160
IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:120,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
PIO modes: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
DMA modes: sdma0 sdma1 sdma2 mdma0 mdma1 mdma2
UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5
AdvancedPM=yes: unknown setting WriteCache=enabled
Drive conforms to: device does not report version: 1 2 3 4 5


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