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 From:  sai <list at ebs dot net dot pk>
 To:  Chris Bagnall <m0n0wall at minotaur dot cc>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] booting off a CF card
 Date:  Sat, 27 Nov 2004 13:44:01 +0500
Chris Bagnall wrote:
>>>I am connecting the CF Card reader via the USB port.
>>>Is this sort of time normal or am I doing something wrong?
>>If it isn't a USB2 card reader, you should consider buying a 
>>IDE to CF adapter. USB1 is limited to 10Mbit/s.
> Does it really matter? I mean, how often are you rebooting your router
> anyway (apart from during the testing stages, obviously, and most changes
> through the interface are applied without a complete reboot). The only
> occasions my m0n0 box gets restarted are software updates (sorry, still
> can't manage to call it "firmware" ;-) ) and power outages.
> I'd take the advantages of CF over an HDD any day of the week over the speed
> advantages of the HDD.
> Regards,
> Chris

yes, but the REAL question is why is this USB boot taking so long? USB 
being 10Mb per second should be able to deliver m0n0 in less than 10 

I can only guess that either the USB 1 advertised speed is wrong, or 
m0n0 is using some slow method of accessing the data.