Re: DMA problem (?) w/ 2.4.6-xfs and ServerWorks OSB4 Chipset

From: Marvin Justice (
Date: Sun Jul 29 2001 - 16:50:35 EST

The latest RH kernel, 2.4.3-12, works ok for us if we recompile with the
explicit OSB4 support disabled and turn on UDMA2 manually with hdparm. The
system stands up to continuous pounding with Bonnie and benchmarks at
>20MB/sec for block reads (Tyan 2515). On the other hand, with the OSB4
support turned on we see DMA timeouts immediately. I've just started some
tests with OSB4 turned on in 2.4.7-ac2 and so far it seems ok.

On an unrelated topic the Serverworks LE chipset does not seem to be capable
of handling 4GB of RAM, despite what the board vendors claim in their specs.
When a 4th 1G stick is added the system gets really slow --- like maybe
cacheing is disabled. We've seen this on both Tyan and SuperMicro boards. The
HE chipset seems to be ok.

Marvin Justice
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