Thanks Eric, for all the help. Sorry I haven't answered before.
Right now, I am using the original config files from the installation.
It means I am using: xcdrom.sys, lbacache and cdrcache.
I'll change these 3 options for UIDE. Let me read a little about UIDE before
I ask about its best options.
I have to heavily edit my fdconfig.sys because I also want to use JemmEx
instead of FreeDOS' Himem.sys and Emm386.exe
On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 8:27 PM, Eric Auer <e.a...@jpberlin.de> wrote:
> Hi all,
> below I copy a message from Jack, the author of UIDEJR, with
> more details and some corrections to my previous mail here.
> I think 3280 bytes is still very small for an universal SATA
> and IDE/ATAPI CD/DVD/BD driver. And you can even put part of
> the driver in the HMA if your UMBs are already too full :-)
> Details about my caches: The maximum lbacache and cdrcache
> sizes are a bit less than 32 MB or 64 MB, respectively. As
> lbacache, cdrcache, uide and uidejr all cache data in XMS,
> you have to load himemx, jemmex, xmgr, himem or similar.
> For cdrcache, you need 1 kB of DOS RAM for each 2 MB cache
> plus 5.5 kB for the base module while lbacache needs 2 kB
> of DOS RAM for each 1 MB cache plus a bit more than 5 kB
> for the base module. ...cache size is rounded to N*128 kB
> but less than the default 2 MB will not be very helpful in
> the lbacache case. For cdrcache, even 128 kB is already a
> lot more than 1 sector "cached" by SHSUCDX, of course ;-)
> As Jack already mentions, UIDE makes more use of XMS, so it
> uses less DOS RAM than my caches but might be a bit slower.
> On the other hand, UIDE allows you to make very big caches.
> Regards, Eric
> > To correct Eric's "sizes" for UIDEJR, they are --
> > * 3280 bytes for the full disk/CD/DVD UIDEJR, or 768 bytes in
> > and 2512 bytes in the HMA when its /H switch is given.
> > * 3280 bytes (or 768/2512 bytes with /H) for the CD/DVD only UIDEJR. As
> > its disk logic is in the middle of the driver, and may not be "cut off"
> > during loading, the CD/DVD only driver is same size as the full UIDEJR.
> > * 1600 bytes for the hard-disk only UIDEJR, or 768 bytes in upper-memory
> > and 832 bytes in the HMA if its /H switch is given. In this case, the
> > CD/DVD logic gets "cut off" during loading, making the driver smaller.
> > Otherwise, all of Eric's comments are correct. UIDEJR is intended to be
> > a "device-driver only" for hard-disks and CD/DVD drives. It has all of
> > the full UIDE's features except caching (so it does not address diskettes
> > at all), and thus it uses less memory than loading UIDE with a /B switch.
> > UIDEJR usually sets an XMS buffer, which handles I-O when a user's buffer
> > is "misaligned" for UltraDMA. This gives disks/CDs/DVDs full-speed I-O,
> > without calling the BIOS for disks or using "PIO mode" for CD/DVD drives.
> > UIDEJR has been upgraded "in step" with UIDE and thus has no known "bugs"
> > nor any "unresolved issues".
> > Users who prefer LBAcache for disks and/or CDRcache for CDs/DVDs can load
> > UIDEJR as their device-driver, and it will perform well. Systems using
> > protected-mode (JEMM386/JEMMEX) and needing only a smaller cache may find
> > LBAcache/CDRcache to be slightly faster than UIDE. UIDE must issue more
> > "XMS moves", which are always a bit slower when protected-mode is active.
> > For big caches of about 256-MB or more, UIDE should be used in all cases.
> > Note that without caching, UIDEJR loses some hard-disk speed and a LOT of
> > CD/DVD speed. SHSUCDX/SHCDX33E, the "CD Redirector" programs, will only
> > "cache" the last directory sector plus the last 10 file entries for every
> > CD/DVD drive. Using CDRcache or the full UIDE, much more is cached, and
> > the user's system achieves much higher CD/DVD throughput speed.
> > Thus, the "preferred" disk/CD/DVD driver choices are --
> > * UIDE by itself, or
> > * UIDEJR plus LBAcache and/or CDRcache.
> > Users should not load both UIDE and LBAcache/CDRcache, as this is "double
> > caching" and is unneeded. One or the other choice above should be used.
> > Also, it is true that all "older" UDMA/XDMA/XCDROM/GCDROM/XGCDROM drivers
> > are obsolete, cannot detect the full range of devices on the PCI bus, and
> > the xxCDROM drivers still contain many CD/DVD audio and other "bugs" [all
> > are "clones" of XCDROM, which had no upgrades after early 2006!]. More
> > "ancient" drivers such as VIDE-CDD.SYS and OAKCDROM.SYS, with no UltraDMA
> > nor PCI device-detection logic, are also obsolete and should not be used.
> > Users should load only UIDE or UIDEJR as their driver for disks/CDs/DVDs.
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