|Re: Help needed - ATA mode CF Cards & 200LX|
Message #3 Posted by Marcus von Cube, Germany on 20 Oct 2008, 11:52 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Marcus von Cube, Germany
Thanks for the driver, Peter!
I'm afraid I have bad news for you. I've made a few tests and I must admit that I was largely unsuccessful.
With Linux, I'm able to partition CF media and I can control the result better than with any other tool I have access to. But whatever I do (primary or extended partitions, with or without the "active" flag set) the LX only accepts one partition on the card. This is true with or without the ACE driver.
Now the really bad news: On large cards (I tried a 1GB CF) creating a smaller partition doesn't help at all. The card isn't recognized without the ACE driver. Here is an explanation:
- Without the driver and a reasonably small card inserted (196MB Sandisk), FDISK100 can read the partition table.
- With the driver loaded, I get the message "Fdisk is not needed for card in slot A:". The ACE driver disables FDISK100 access!
- Without the driver and a large CF (1GB) inserted, I get the very same error message from FDISK100.
What does that mean? Without the ACE driver, large CFs aren't readable, no matter what the partition table is. The ACE driver seems to overcome a limitation of the built-in driver in accepting the large card on a low level. This must occur before any partitions are accepted.
Neither driver (built-in or ACE) can handle more than one partition.