dma and older hard disks

Roman Kirillov sigizmund at
Wed Jul 19 05:01:22 UTC 2006

On 7/19/06, Nigel Ridley <nigel at> wrote:
> I'm sending this again as it didn't seem to get thru the first time.
> I have just put together an AMD K6 500 using two older small hard disks
> - one 3.5 GB and the other 2.5 GB. They are about 6-7 years old.
> after doing the initial install, then the upgrade (including KDE 3.5.3)
> I rebooted and noticed in the boot messages a warning that dma is not
> enabled and that accessing the hard drive[s] might be slow (or something
> like that). YES, they are slooooow.

Hi Nigel,

Can you provide us with these HDDs models, etc? I think it's pretty safe to
enable DMA, 'coz for 2G+ models UDMA33 already worked, almost for each one.
So you can try.

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