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HP Proliant DL140 G2

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Hi folks,

I have an HP Proliant 140DL G2 server with what appears to be an IDE drive in non-DMA mode. Performance on the server is extremely bad when large amounts of disk activity is taking place.

# uname -a
Linux stargate3 2.6.9-67.0.15.EL #1 Thu May 8 10:39:19 EDT 2008 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

I think the problem is that my drive is not in DMA mode:

# hdparm /dev/hda

/dev/hda: multcount = 16 (on) IO_support = 0 (default 16-bit) unmaskirq = 0 (off) using_dma = 0 (off) keepsettings = 0 (off) readonly = 0 (off) readahead = 256 (on) geometry = 16383/255/63, sectors = 80026361856, start = 0

...but I can't set it on:

# hdparm -d1 /dev/hda

/dev/hda: setting using_dma to 1 (on) HDIO_SET_DMA failed: Operation not permitted using_dma = 0 (off)

...which I think is because the IDE controller isn't really recognized, or is pretending to be a SATA controller:

# lspci -v | less
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
        Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company: Unknown device 3208
        Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 193
        I/O ports at <unassigned>
        I/O ports at <unassigned>
        I/O ports at <unassigned>
        I/O ports at <unassigned>
        I/O ports at 1470 [size=16]

All the google hits I've seen so far imply I have to build a kernel module but I'd rather not get into the business of rolling my own kernel if I don't have to.

I spun through the HP support page for this box/OS combo, and I don't see any SATA/IDE/ATA drivers, only SCSI/SAS drivers.

So before I continue on, can I get a sanity check here -- am I barking up the right tree?


This should be /dev/sda and not /dev/hda which means you're most likely using the generic-ide driver and not ata-piix.

Google suggests booting with ide0=noprobe ide1=noprobe to make sure the ata-piix driver is used. If you don't want to reinstall then make sure initrd contains the ata-piix driver and that references to /dev/hd* are replaced with /dev/sd* in fstab etc.

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