Description of problem:
I'm not sure how possible this is, but it seems like there's a good number of
DMA issues eg on bugzilla and fedoraforum. While the chipsets are for the most
part supported, it seems the problem what driver to actually load IDE or SATA
with IDE passthrough. Newer desktop boards may allow the mode to be set like
AHCI, or ICH*, ... and when I originally entered a DMA bug report summer 2005,
it was asked if i can choose the mode in my bios. I use a laptop with very
limited options, so no, I cant choose which mode to use. .. EG my laptop when I
use a Fedora kernel will load the IDE drivers instead of SATA - ICH drivers ..
and I won't get DMA. An easy workaround is to use my own kernel with custom
config or add combined_mode=libata as a kernel arguement.
So in order to get DMA working correctly without need for kernel arguemnts like:
combined_mode=libata ... the kernel would have to correctly detect the mode to
use most likely by probing the BIOS. Is this reasonable?
I know there's problems like say my laptop doesn't have that mode as an option
so would it even be in the bios.
But anyhow just thought I'd ask .. as I'm not advanced enough programmer to help
code, so I thought id see what else i can do.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): I'm using
kernel.org 2.6.18 upstream
Steps to Reproduce:
Created attachment 137242 [details]
well .. dmesg for Fedora 5 kernel 2.6.17-1.2187_FC5
Just showing that the IDE driver is loaded for my DVD writer instead of the
And since I don't have an option for combined mode or legacy in my bios ...
err just wondering if say maybe the mode can be detected by the kernel ..
or maybe something as simple as delay loading the ide driver until after the
SCSI/SATA drivers are loaded.
That way if SCSI / SATA drivers can't pick a device and its truly IDE .. when
the IDE driver starts, it will then load the device.
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Created attachment 138635 [details]
dmesg for new kernel
DMA doesnt load in new kernel either (WITH OUT KERNEL ARGUEMTNS)
I've had a few thouhts about this... Probing the bios to determine mode and may
not even help depending on the computer. A segestion I said before was to delay
IDE driver or something so SCSI / SATA drivers load first.
However, I also thought of something else. Throw in a check: IF the IDE driver
fails to enable DMA for the device, release the device so then it may get
loaded by SCSI / SATA driver. But I don't know the exetent of what's involded
with this .. but just some ideas as it would be nice for people to have to not
worry about adding kernel arguements or custom config to get DMA on their
Oh to be a step ahead same happens in FC6 - just did a fresh install today
This was a problem for me as well. Before doing the modifications suggested by
http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=114586, my DVD read speed was
1.5 MB/s. After the modifications, the speed went up to 5.6 MB/s, and the
machine is much more responsive.
Btw, the upgrade from FC5 to FC6 on this machine took 16 hours! Probably due to
this bug. My machine is a Dell D610.
the Fedora 7 wiki intended release fixes include making the necessary changes to
Kernel source and configuration and whatnot
but if done correctly it will most likely fix the problem
If I remember to I'll try out Fedora 7 Test 3 when it comes out and if its broke
there hopefully when i report it, there will still be about 2 months to general
release (due to test 4) to make sure its in there
but no hurries ... great job kernel devs, the workaround to enable dma is simple
I'm running RHEL 5.1 on a Dell Latitude D820. I'm still experiencing this issue.
: localhost 17#; hdparm -d1 /dev/hdc
setting using_dma to 1 (on)
HDIO_SET_DMA failed: Operation not permitted
using_dma = 0 (off)
I'm running the latest kernel available for RHEL 5.1:
: localhost 18#; uname -r
Should I still need to pass options to my boot line?
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