Re: [NTLK] ATA card speed

From: Paul Guyot (
Date: Wed Mar 06 2002 - 15:44:26 EST

Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 15:26:32 -0500
From: Thomas Cherry <>

>My ATA card is really slow, is there some way setting I can make to improve
>this? Could it be a function "demo" version of the ATA drivers?

Actually, this was a problem of early ATA Support versions. I have
reworked the cache code, suppressed useless transfers to the card
(the slow factor is definitely talking to the card), and I got much
better results.
Cf the screen shot on my website:
Next step is actually when the software will say "RAM Disk enabled,
you can now safely remove your card".

Now, I realize that I should have released RC1 some time ago. But
unfortunately, I don't really have much free time at the moment. In
addition to my heavy studies and regular life activities, I happen to
be involved in some research project (well, officially it's part of
my studies) and addicted as I am to challenges, I try to run
something like 4x20 kms per week to be able to do Paris Marathon. All
this doesn't help finding time to code for the Newton.

Two university naps were cancelled this afternoon, so I reload ATA
Support project to see what the current state was (apparently, I
haven't touched it for a week) and I just realized that it doesn't
even compile because I'm in the middle of some deep changes in the
partition handling code (to fix the problem people have with
partitioning their cards), and then I cowardly decided to take a


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