Re: Ftape

Jason P. Weiss (
Sun, 26 Jan 1997 05:38:43 -0700 (MST)

(Just joined this thread so I may be off track.)

I had DMA problems with ftape starting with kernel 2.0.0. The solution
was to upgrade to ftape-2.10 (or newer?) and run the program called
swapout that came with ftape before loading the ftape module manually
or by kerneld.

It appears dmaalloc() must have sufficient non-fragment memory in order to
succeed. Swapout helps by defragmenting memory by allocating a five Meg
chunk and then freeing it.

On 26 Jan 1997, Mark Turner wrote:

> Gary White <> wrote:
> >
> > Anybody else have this problem?
> I have the same problem (except that my kerel was previously built for
> a 386), similar motherboard, same tape drive, same tape controller,
> also using DMA support, same error message.
> Cheers,
> Mark.