|[suggestion] UniATA & UniVESA/VBE ports ?
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|Author:||forart.eu [ Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:04 pm ]|
|Post subject:||[suggestion] UniATA & UniVESA/VBE ports ?|
I sincerly don't know if someone already know those, but i believe that a "port" could be really interesting:
Universal ATA driver for Windows NT3.51/NT4/2000/XP with PATA/SATA support
Who and why need this driver ? Let me tell you: it worth installing UniATA if vendor of your new motherboard do not want to supply you with drivers for your old OS. Or vice versa, you have old motherboard and want to install new Windows with it. Of course, it is possible to use standard (generic) drivers those most probably supports this hardware. But what about performance ? You will have PIO mode with 0.5 - 3 Mb/sec transfer rate. UniATA shall use DMA or UltraDMA and have up to 10 times better performance. There is still one common problem with modern hard driver of more than 128 Gb capacity (also known as LBA-48 or BigLba). Old OSes do not support such drives at all, new ones require latest Service Packs. UniATA has built-in support for large drives. And at last - upgrade or downgrade of the motherboard. If you simply connect your harddisk to different motherboard, the driver of the previous one shall not recognize new IDE controller. And the system shall not boot. You will have to connect everything back, change IDE drivers to generic ones, reboot and reconnect hardware again, then change drivers to new ones. You cannot even think about walking with bootable harddrive to some other computers. Or resign yourself to have 0.5 - 3 Mb/sec transfer rate. Since UniATA supports numerous IDE controllers and in addition is capable of driving all standard (onboard primary/secondary) controllers, this problem also appears to be solved. Below you can find more detailed and more technical feature list.
VBEMP x86 Project
Universal VESA/VBE Video Display Driver (for Windows NT x86 Architecture) or (for Windows 9x x86 Architecture)
Dunno if this can help, btw i believe that a sort of collaboration could benefit both your and those projects.
Check out many other interesting projects @ Alter.Org.UA !
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