Random comments on LinuxBIOS

Eric W. Biederman ebiederman at lnxi.com
Fri Apr 18 02:36:00 CEST 2003

Alexander Amelkin <spirit at reactor.ru> writes:

> Hello James,
> Friday, April 18, 2003, 1:16:54 AM, you wrote:
> MJWC> ...
> >> > Compact Flash IDE adaptors appear to be popular as the CF 
> >> does not need the spin up time of a real hard disk.
> >> Is there some kind of patch available for the kernel which 
> >> can be applied to
> >> achieve the above point.
> MJWC> Using any one of the IDE boot methods should just plain work.
> MJWC> What were you wanting to patch?
> I think Deepak wants a patch for disabling the LinuxBIOS hard-coded IDE spinup
> delay. I issued a patch for that some time ago. You may want to search
> the archive.

I have not seen that but there is a very clean core in the
etherboot driver that you might want to snag.  It gets the
IDE spinup correct.  At least for all devices that implement
the BSY bit.  So it is less likely to be annoying.


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