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Old 11-19-2003, 07:58 PM   #16
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You don't really want to just randomly set options to your hard drive (DMA). Make sure you know what your drive can support first.

DMA is not usually off by default in Slack 9.1. That was an issue with 9 and kernel 2.4.20. To find out how your drive is set, use hdparm -v /dev/hda

root@dabasement:/home/scruff# hdparm -v /dev/hda

multcount = 16 (on)
IO_support = 1 (32-bit)
unmaskirq = 1 (on)
using_dma = 1 (on)
keepsettings = 0 (off)
readonly = 0 (off)
readahead = 8 (on)
geometry = 19929/255/63, sectors = 320173056, start = 0

There is a good tutorial here

hdparm -i /dev/hda should give you some basic info on your drive.
Old 11-19-2003, 10:33 PM   #17
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I found the eratic mouse behaviour to be a graphics driver issue. The default installation driver ("nv") for my nvidia card led to a really hard to control mouse - after I installed the proper nvidia driver from and set the resolution to 250 in XF86Config it worked flawlessly.
Old 11-19-2003, 11:34 PM   #18
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Originally posted by jmull
When I do this, I get:
HDIO_SET_MULTCOUNT failed: Invalid argument
looks like your hard disk/ide channel doesnt support something. take out some of the options then. look up linux dma hard disk in google, thats what I did
Old 11-20-2003, 10:57 AM   #19
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Originally posted by Hiper
I used to have that weird mouse behavior, i think it's related to the mouse HW itself
but adding:

Option "Resolution" "5000"

in my mouse device, in XF86Config, did the trick for me.

I don't know what this is actually supost to do, neither what values i should use, anyway I think it's worth a shot.

AAH!!! THANKS A LOT!!! Finally, my mouse becomes alright..... Where did u find out bout this? Somebody told ya, or a search? And Id love to know exactly what the Mouse Resolution would be, and what other values can be given.... Thanks again bud,

Old 11-20-2003, 11:54 AM   #20
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Glad I could help you

I think I saw it somewhere in this forum, but the topic was not about this specific problem and it just happened to fix it .
I suppose somewhere in the X11 docs there should be an explanation . If you find something please tell me, I never got to think much about it



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