[coreboot] IDE cable select question

joe at smittys.pointclark.net joe at smittys.pointclark.net
Fri Feb 22 20:23:19 CET 2008

Quoting Ward Vandewege <ward at gnu.org>:

> On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 01:56:34PM -0500, joe at smittys.pointclark.net wrote:
>>> I'd really prefer something that's autosensing, if that's possible, so
>>> that
>>> changing hard drives does not cause problems or require a bios flash...
>> It wouldn't cause any issues changing the drive. Were just talking about
>> the cable. If you use an ATA33 drive on a 80 pin cable it works fine it
>> just runs at ATA33 speed. My problem is I have an ATA100 drive and 80 pin
>> cable but Linux thinks I have a 40 pin cable therefore it is only running
>> at ATA33 speed.
> So not running at the right speed is a bug, right? I'd prefer if a user
> didn't have to flash her bios just to get their drive to run at the correct
> speed...
> Though, arguably this is perhaps somewhat academic nowadays - IDE is well
> past its prime.
Maybe it is, but just about every motherboard still has it, and what's  
the point of having it if you can't use it the way it is supposed to  
be used.

Thanks - Joe

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