Re: 2.1.111: IDE DMA disabled?

David S. Miller (
Sun, 26 Jul 1998 15:42:10 -0700

Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 13:30:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Linus Torvalds <>

Essentially, everything I found looked more like timing changes,
not like some fundamental bug. Which is why I'm suspicious of
timing and hardware issues.

This is precisely the sort of behavior I saw with my crappy WDC disk
on my workstation. Some kernels would give me corruption once every 3
to 4 months with DMA enabled, others would give me corruption once a

I really think you'll find western digital to be a serious common
denominator if you asked these %1 people for the brand of disk they
are using. A large percentage of all DELL machines out use these
disks by default.

David S. Miller

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