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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 
seconds.

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

sai