Performance Issues with AMD64 3000+, 1.5GB RAM, FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE

Laurence Sanford lauasanf at
Thu Aug 25 20:32:39 GMT 2005

On Thu, 25 Aug 2005, Mark Kane wrote:

>> Hmm, if bzip2 can't saturate the CPU, I would say it's probably waiting
>> for disk reads/writes.
> The drives I was trying to compress from/to are both brand new 200GB Maxtor 
> 7200RPM ATA133 drives. Maybe that has something to do with the bad controller 
> on this series of boards.

Are both of these drives on the same channel? If so, remember that ATA 
cannot read/write to two drives on the same channel at the same time.

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