5.3 RC1 CD Boot
brendon.humphrey at comcast.net
Sun Oct 31 11:50:51 PST 2004
What I suspect has happened is that sometime since 5.2.1 the ATA subsystem has
started using DMA with ATAPI devices by default. I just put 5.3 RC1 on my
laptop last night by booting with a 5.2.1 CD and using the 5.3 cd has the
Once the OS was installed, I was still unable to read any CDs (MEDIA_SENSE_BIG
error or something similar). I saw Soeren advising someone to set
hw.ata.atapi_dma=0 in loader.conf in a somewhat releated post. Doing this
worked for me.
I wonder whether there is a way to do this with the Install CD?
Perhaps 4.3 should be released with atapi_dma disabled by default to cater for
those of use with flaky hardware?
Aside from that, 5.3 RC1 feels slick on my Compaq Presario 2105. Very nice job
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