I just bought an IBM Thinkpad R40 and installed Debian Sarge (testing)
on it (kernel 2.4.22-1-686). Everything went smoothly, but there is one
issue that makes me a bit unhappy: the Linux kernel boots extremely
slowly from the harddisk! So when you see the very first message
"Loading Linux ..." and the roughly 50 dots increase from left to right,
it takes more than a minute until the kernel is loaded (on other laptops
or desktop PCs it takes not longer than 5 seconds). Once the kernel is
loaded the normal startup is as fast as I expect. So for me it looks
like the the harddisk is extremely slow until the DMA is activated by
Unfortunately there is nothing to configure in the BIOS concerning PIO
modes or DMA. I tried different boot options (like ide0=dma etc.) but
without any success.
Any ideas would be helpful.
Thanks in advance, Joerg.