Wynne, Conor observed:
> I find this strange, I have never had a harddrive corruption, and
> I have always used DMA by default. I don't think its down to
> Redhat either. In all the kernels src's i've seen for some time
> now, since 2.2.something, have been like this.
The older box I can understand as it had two badly mismatched IDE drives in
it. I couldn't even install Linux without using hdparm to turn everything
My laptop... Well, it is a Compaq Armada built with no concern for Linux. In
this case Linux installed fine, but my gnome desktop would spuriously stop
working from time to time, or delete its configuration. When trying to solve
the problem I observed the data files being randomly corrupted, and doing an
fsck reported hundreds of errors even though the machine had been shut down
cleanly since the last fsck.
Kernel 2.4.7 or thereabouts solved the problem. But the experience showed
that Microsoft still has some advantages over Linux. Like being able to tell
hardware vendors to make sure their hardware works with Microsoft's drivers,
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