Bug 64525 - Lack of dma on cdrom drives causes extremely poor interactive performance
Lack of dma on cdrom drives causes extremely poor interactive performance
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-05-07 01:35 EDT by Nathan G. Grennan
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:27 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-05-07 01:35:24 EDT
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Description Nathan G. Grennan 2002-05-07 01:35:20 EDT
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Description of problem:
I fresh installed Redhat 7.3 today. I found while burning extra copies of Redhat
7.3 that with the new default of disabling dma on my cdrom drives caused
extremely poor interactive performance. I have seen it seem to freeze and then
job from 82% to 100% burning, and the mouse wouldn't move. By using hdparm -d1
/dev/hdc  to reenable dma I was able to fix the problem. The comments in
rc.sysinit suggest that dma on is problematic for some, but it is also
problematic for others off. I also have read another bug report about skipjack
beta that someone couldn't use their cd burner drive at all with dma disabled. I
think the lines to disable dma on cdrom drives should be removed or at least
commented out in a future release.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. login as a user
2. run xcdroast
3. select iso to burn
4. start burning iso


Actual Results:  The screen redraws slowly or freezes for seconds at a time.

Expected Results:  Interactively of X to be normal

Additional info:

I am noticed this while burning at 24X. I suspect that 4x wouldn't be that
noticable, but 24X definitely is for me. I have a ABIT KT7A-RAID and the CDRW
drive is on the secondary VIA IDE controller. I am using the default, out of the
box/compiled by redhat, kernel for Redhat 7.3.
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2002-05-07 11:47:54 EDT
This was done intentionally, as many CD-ROM drives do not have proper DMA support.
You can create /etc/sysconfig/harddisk<device> that has:


to reenable it on boot.

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