Re: [reiserfs-dev] Re: IDE problem: linux-2.5.17
Vojtech Pavlik (email@example.com)
Fri, 24 May 2002 15:20:54 +0200
On Fri, May 24, 2002 at 02:15:30PM +0200, Martin Dalecki wrote:
> Użytkownik Vojtech Pavlik napisał:
> > On Fri, May 24, 2002 at 01:03:26PM +0200, Martin Dalecki wrote:
> >>Użytkownik Vojtech Pavlik napisał:
> >>>>Hmm thinking again about it... It occurrs to me
> >>>>that actually there should be a mechanism which tells the
> >>>>host chip drivers whatever there are only just one or
> >>>>two drivers connected. I will have to look in to it.
> >>>There is no such mechanism (except for probing the drives). IDE has
> >>>quite nonsensical "split" termination - the termination resistors are
> >>>always present even on the middle device. This is to "simplify" things
> >>Yes there is the host chip timer setting is basically
> >>changing the termination properties on the hsot chips part
> >>of the connection. This is the reason I was thinking
> >>that making the driver for it know how many drivers
> >>are attached to it could make some sense.
> > Hmm, interesting. Is it on all chips or just some? I don't know about
> > anything like that on Intel, VIA, nVidia, AMD, SiS and Artop controllers ...
> Hey what I'm talking about is the "physics" of the hardware.
> But I would rather expect sane hardware to deal with it transparently
> to the programmer of the setup registers.
Well, when I hear "timer" I think "engineering", not "physics". And a
timer would have to be visible somewhere. I really don't think the
controller can tell how many drives it sees unless it measures the
termination resistance or somesuch.
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