nearly-lockup at boot with DMA enabled on DVD-drive

Roman Kennke roman at
Wed Oct 6 02:23:10 PDT 2004

Am Di, den 05.10.2004 schrieb Søren Schmidt um 18:20:
> Roman Kennke wrote:
> > Hi list,
> > 
> > I am trying out the very latest BETA7 on my Fujitsu Amilo A laptop. I am
> > experiencing problems with DMA on my DVD drive. I remember that with
> > 5.2.1 and IMO also with BETA4 the DVD drive acd0 was set to PIO4. That
> > was ok, because DMA would not work properly when forced (although DMA is
> > supported by the DVD drive and the motherbord).
> > Now with BETA7 (and BETA6 which I tried before) the drive is set to
> > DMA33, which apparently does not work ok. This leads to an extremely
> > long pause at boot time. I first thought this will lock up, but after
> > several (5-7!) minutes, the boot proceeds (with the DVD drive not
> > working :-( ). When I manually disable DMA in loader.conf everything is
> > ok. I would really like to have DMA working (good solution) OR detected
> > as PIO4 (bad solution) in FreeBSD-stable.
> Well, it was decided to use DMA as default when the drive says it can at 
> least UDMA33, so thats why it changed.

I hope that at least the install CDs have DMA disabled. This could be
very frustrating for some users that want to install FreeBSD and the CD
does not boot. Looking at the list, I think I am not the only one who
has problems with DMA and CDROM/DVD drives...

> Now as to why ATAPI DMA doesn't work for you I have no easy answer, it 
> can be chipset, device firmware, ATA driver or any combination of those. 
> Did it ever work in DMA mode under FreeBSD ?

I never tried the 4.x series. In 5.x it never worked. I know that it
works in NetBSD current (not in 1.6.x). And in Linux since 2.4.18 or so.
Maybe this helps, maybe not.

> The Acer chip should be DMA capable but we might need to twiddle a few 
> config bits to make it work,

Is there anything I can do about that? Any information I should provide?

>  I'll look at it when I get the time, if too 
> long passes please ping me again ...

Sure ;-)

Best regards,

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