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Re: CF custom implementation

Subject: Re: CF custom implementation
From: Ulrich Eckhardt <>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 09:13:50 +0200
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Kiran Thota wrote:
> I am working on a MIPS-based processor SoC which has a custom CF
> implementation over Local Bus. The CF doesnt support IO mode, interrupts, 
> 32-bit support.
> It has limited register support [no interface registers to reset the CF]. I
> am using 2.6.10 from linux-mips. I have already written a PCMCIA/CF socket
> socket for the same.
> The goal is to use the CF cards as memoy devices. Advise me on the path to
> take:
> PCMCIA/CF ->CS/DS -> IDE [I found a patch to make IDE work in polled mode]

Could you tell me where you found that patch?

> I am currently using Lexar and Hitachi Compact Flash cards.

CF is a standard, so this shouldn't matter.

> The CIS can be read and when the Linux boots up and I invoke cardmgr
> [v3.2.8], it sees the device as ATA/IDE Fixed Disk [Func = 4 (Fixed Disk) ]
> Is there a way to force it to come up in memory only mode? Please suggest.

I'm using a CF card attached to the PCMCIA interface of an Alchemy Au1100. 
Since my board only has a CF slot, I'm not using the whole PCMCIA stack at 
all - CONFIG_PCMCIA=no and no cardmgr. All I do is detect the card, parse the 
CIS and register the CF card with the IDE/ATA system of the kernel, just like 
Alan Cox suggested in the recent thread "ATA devices attached to arbitary 
busses". One good reason for me doing so is that I need to mount the root 
filesystem from the CF but the PCMCIA stack requires user-space helpers.


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