Well, after three days struggle, I am finally able to boot off of my UDMA 66 Quantum FireBallp ka9.1. Three LONG days.
Basically, Quatum drives and Promise cards suck, stay away from them, I finally found out I had to enter the quantum drive into the 'quirk list' on my /usr/src/linux/drivers/ide/pc2002*.c to allow the system to boot up w/out locking the kernel.
So, to make a long story short, I got a crap install on it, recompiled the kernel hooked up the quantum, booted, installed new system ( on a system w/ no CDrom or Floppy, had to pull the cdrom out of my main box ).
Now, after getting that up and running, I have a samba fileserver, using hashed passwords serving the house as a mp3 server.
Now, another question, is USB printing worth the hassle I can sense it will be? Anyone have any experience in USB printer drivers in *nix?
Question 2: hdparm, how do I determine what UDMA mode the drive is using w/ hdparm? I know it gives me info on bootup.
The promise card itself shows UDMA66 on boot.
The kernel says UDMA33 on dmesg, but hdparm and Bonnie show UDMA66 style performance when benchmarking the drive.
Question 3: Anyway to increase performance in Samba? It's approximately half of my ftp speeds, or is just the nature of the smb style protocol?
Question 4: Anyone tired of my questions yet?