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Old 12-01-2002, 09:03 AM   #31
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I take part of that back.

The reason Checking For New Hardware failed is because it wouldn't deal with a USB MMC reader on my system.

Now I'm running the damn thing. So:

a) what do I do to avoid having to unplug this reader every time?
b) why won't UDMA work?
c) is this likely to be fixed at any point?


Old 01-26-2003, 12:56 PM   #32
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asusa7v333 and fujitsu drive

I got mine working like this:

First I used a distro that has kernel 2.2.40, in my case I used knoppix, (Debian Distro)

this would be good for you to lern with because it boots/runs from the cdrom and leaves your windows install alone. If you wish to do a hard drive install then get booted from the cdrom, when kde is loaded do ctrl+alt+f1, then type knx-hdinstall and follow the prompts, experiences with cfs is expected.

Once gui is loaded open shell and type:

hdparm -c1 -d1 -m16 -X66 /dev/<fujistus hard drive>

<fujitsu hard drive will be hda if primary master or hdb if primary slave

so revised for case with fujitsu being primary master:

hdparm -c1 -d1 -m16 -X66 /dev/hda

-c1 sets 32 bit IO
-d1 sets using dma
-m sets multi count to 16 (max for the fujitsu MPF3204AT)
-X66 sets udma 2

this is the most you'll get on the drive using your chipset (Asusa7v333 use's the KT333 AND the KT266)

this lets me run stable@dma2

if you start

# tail -f /var/log/messages

in one shell

then open another and do

hdparm -c1 -d1 -m16 -X68 (udma 4)

then look at the shell running the mesages monitor and you will see this:

kernel: hda: Speed warnings UDMA 3/4/5 is not functional.

which means the kernel, not the hard drive won't go over udma 2.

so, you have to give the kernel the capability to do udma 4.

I have been looking for a way to do just that. I actualy installed hendriksons ide patrch for promise controllers(and others)hoping I could get the kernel to do udma 4 but it doesn't work, I still get the mode 3,4,5 erros when running tail -f /var/logs/messages

So if you manage to get your mother board doing udma 4 in linux please let me know about it.

Old 06-12-2003, 08:50 PM   #33
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I am also having a problem with RH 8.0 im running on a 300Mhz 65meg( 64 usualble) of ram. one 3.6 gig hard drive. IT frezzes/ wont load past the point of Partition Check : hda: nothing shows after that.. just a blinking underscore. Please help. I had Mandrake 9.1 on here, but the resalution was all messed up because of the old monitore. and such. email me @ . i would gladly me much apperiated with this. Thanks. and btw i know some stuff. so if u need to ask me a question feel free to
Old 06-13-2003, 04:31 AM   #34
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installation hang on partition check

my situation is more or less the same with the guys up there, except i'm using redhat 8.0, seagate st340014a 40gb harddisk, still try to figure out what happen to my mr redhat
i wount give up easily
but maybe tomorrow

Old 06-13-2003, 08:34 AM   #35
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i would advise everyone of you if you are having HD failure and problems with OS installs then get a program call "Dsik Manager" ver 9.5 or above- ZERO out the drive.
This will clean up any crap windozes or even in some cases old installs of Linux out of it. Then try your install again.
I don't know how manyhours Ihave wasted trying to get OS installled on HD when it just had to much crap on it.
Give it ago,
Good Luck


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