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repost/wishlist item: FC2 libata/system response with busy disk



I have posted this before and gotten precisely nowhere. So I thought I would put it back up and also put it out there that a fix in the next kernel update would make me very happy.

The problem: when my disk is very busy - like when using dvdauthor - my computer stops responding to everything else.
Relevant Hardware: Gigabyte 8IPE1000Pro2 m/b + SATA disk (ICH5, 865PE)
History:
(0) had FC1 running with self-compiled > 2.4.24 kernels and the system saw my SATA disk as hde
(1) system booted from FC2 CD just as it did for the FC1 by loading ata_piix (& necessary dependencies)
(2) system would not boot from installed kernel
(3) thanks to the Fedora IRC channel I found out how to modify the initrd to get my system to load ata_piix
(4) system now uses libata and sees my SATA disk as sda
(5) with my hdd recognised as hde (see note 0) has hde my system would respond to smtp & web requests a bit more slowly, but it still worked. As sda it will actually timeout connections to port 25 under load
(6) posted all sorts of requests to this list but I think step 3 is beyond most on this list, let alone this problem


I'm not complaining. Just if someone exists that knows above can respond or else it can it be added to some developer's wishlist? I'd love to get FC2 working like I had FC1 working with kernels greater than 2.4.24


Marc




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