[conspire] socket A cpu cooler attachment/s

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Aug 28 23:51:00 PDT 2005

Quoting Mark S Bilk (mark at cosmicpenguin.com):

> Incidentally, I tried using a round (twisted-pair) EIDE disk 
> cable, rated for 166 MHz, on the 133 MHz disk, and got all kinds 
> of errors in the written files.  It was scary.  I had to switch 
> to a flat cable and start all over from the beginning, partitioning 
> the drive, creating the filesystems, and reinstalling Linux.  
> I read somewhere that the round cables violate the specifications.

They absolutely do, and I've been trying to warn people about this ever
since I heard about them -- and have taken a fair amount of personal
abuse from people who wanted to believe that they're OK.  As with many
other instances of "bending" specs, you can sometimes get away with it,
but it might bite you very badly.

The real solution to the problem those cables tried to solve is SATA.

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