Sorry, I probably wasn't clear... The problem isn't that it won't recognize
that it's ATA/66. The problem is that it won't recognize the drive, period.
I've tried passing parameters on the LILO boot line, etc, to no avail. Any
clues on how to convince the kernel to recognize it, period? Speed isn't the
concern here. Thanks again for your help.
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regarding Installing Slackware on Dell XPS T:
Quote:> I've got a pretty good bit of experience in Linux, but I've come to a
> problem that's got me stumped. I'm trying to install Linux (Slack 7)
> new computer - a Dell XPS T600r. It has an IBM DPTA-372730 hard drive
> (ATA/66) on an Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller (That's
> Win98's calling it). I try to install Slack using the bare.i image. It
> detects my CD-RW, my RAM, everything fine, except the drive. I talked
> couple of friends, and they said that the problem might be that it's
> since my CD-RW (on another channel, ATA/33) is detected fine. I have
> to Linux boxes which I could recompile a kernel on if that's
> question: Any idea how I'd go about getting Linux to recognize my
> Thank you all in advance for any insights you might have!
The drive will be just as fast (ie, very little difference)
on ata/33. I've got a dpta also. It's quick 'cause it's 7200rpm
and has 2 Mb buffer. I run mine on a /33 cable with another WD /33
5400rpm drive. The IBM is twice as fast (hdparm Tt), even on /33,
and the WD is not slow by any means. ATA/66 won't get you much
(a few percent) and it's a hassle to support.
AFAIK, Mandrake 7, coming in Feb. will have native ata/66 support
from install on.