12/24x IDE CD-ROM drives for Solaris-x86 2.6?

12/24x IDE CD-ROM drives for Solaris-x86 2.6?

Post by Kevin Rau » Fri, 26 Sep 1997 04:00:00

In examining the latest HCL for 2.6-x86 I noticed that no 12/24x CD-ROM drive
is listed. As such drives have been shipping standard from the PC-makers for
months, and as I'm soon to acquire one of these systems myself (Dell)... I was
wondering if people have had any trouble using such drives with Solaris (as I
intend to).  If the manufacturer's corresponding 8x or 12x drive is supported,
for instance, is the faster variant usually ok too? Any of them known NOT to
work?? Grateful for any insights,

& Kevin Rauch, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland               &

&   "Got my sights on the stars--won't get that far, but I'll try anyway..." &
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1. Solaris 2.6 x86, Dell Dimension XPS D300, UltraDMA, and Toshiba 24x CD-ROM

I posted a message to the group about a week ago regarding a problem with
installing Solaris 2.6 x86 on a Dell Dimension XPS D300.  During the install
process, random lockups have been occuring.  I received feedback from a few
people regarding ideas, but have been unable to get Solaris working.  Thanks
to all who have replied thus-far.

I thought I'd provide a little extra information...  My CD-ROM drive is a
Toshiba 24x CD-ROM XM-6102B drive.  Occasionally I get the following error
message without the system actually locking up:

    Error for command 'read sector' Error Level: Informational

Sense Key: aborted command

    Vendor 'TOSHIBA' error code: 0x3

One person suggested disabling UltraDMA in the BIOS...  I have been unable
to identify how to do this.  I know the system uses the Intel 440LX chipset
(which implements the UltraDMA protcol), but there does not appear to be an
option in the BIOS.  I have the following options available for each of my
IDE hard disks and the CD-ROM drive:

Multi-Sector Transfers:
                    Disabled, 2, 4, 8, or 16 Sectors
LBA Mode Control:
                    Disabled or Enabled
Transfer Mode:
                    Fast PIO 1, 2, 3, or 4
                    FPIO3 & Bus Mastering, FPIO4 & Bus Mastering

The default on the hard drive is:

    16 Sector, LBA Enabled, FPIO4 & Bus Mastering

and for the CD-ROM drive is:

    16 Sectorm LBA Enabled, FPIO3 & Bus Mastering

I also tried downloading the recently released Driver Update 2 for Solaris
2.6.  Didn't seem to help at all.

Well, I'm looking for any last suggestions.  Should I try buying another
CD-ROM drive and hook it up?  I hate to go through all the trouble getting
it all setup just to be disappointed again...  I'd appreciate any
suggestions anybody might have.  Thanks in advance for your help!

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