UDVD.SYS is a DOS driver for 1 to 3 CD/DVD drives, including SATA,
UltraDMA and older "PIO mode" drives.
UDVD.SYS has to be loaded in CONFIG.SYS / FDCONFIG.SYS.
When FreeDOS is already running, you can load UDVD.SYS later
DEVICE = [path] UDVD.SYS [/A] [/C] [/D:DeviceName] [/UX]
DEVICEHIGH = [path] UDVD.SYS [/A] [/C] [/D:DeviceName] [/UX]
UDVD usually needs only /C for caching and /D: to specify a device
name for the SHSUCDX "CD-ROM Redirector". UDVD switch options are:
/A Specifies use of ALTERNATE "legacy" IDE I/O addresses. See
the /A description for UIDE.SYS.
/C Requests data-file caching by the UDMA driver. This causes
"raw mode" input requests to be rejected, as UDMA requires
sectors that are an even multiple of 512 bytes for caching
("raw" sectors are 2352 bytes!). If /C is omitted, "raw
mode" input (audio, track-writers, etc.) will be accepted.
/D: Specifies the desired device name, used by SHSUCDX to access
the CD/DVD drives.
Example: /D:CDROM1 /D:MYCDROM etc.
Device names must be from 1 to 8 bytes valid for use in DOS
filenames. If /D: is omitted, or the device name after a
/D: is missing or invalid, UDVD1 will be used by default.
/UX Disables ALL UltraDMA, even for a CD/DVD drive capable of it.
UDVD then uses "PIO mode" for every I/O request. /UX is
rarely needed. It is mainly for tests and diagnostics.
For all switches in this driver, a dash may replace the slash and
lower case letters may be used if desired.
On loading, UDVD.SYS tests up to 4 "Legacy" or "Native PCI" IDE
controllers in order from primary-master to secondary-slave, and it runs
the first 3 CD/DVD drives found. UDVD has switches to specify a driver
name or to request other options. It handles file input requests from
SHSUCDX or other "CD-ROM Redirector" programs like MSCDEX, etc. It
also handles DOS "audio" requests and can "play back" audio CDs. If
"raw" CD/DVD input is unneeded and UDMA is also loaded, UDVD's /C switch
enables caching of data files through the UDMA driver!
In CONFIG.SYS / FDCONFIG.SYS:
DEVICE=C:\FDOS\BIN\XMGR.SYS /N128 /B
DEVICEHIGH=C:\FDOS\BIN\UDVD.SYS /D:MYDVD /C
Please read this command's lsm file also.
You will find the updated version (internet) here and
the version described in this manual page here.
The lsm file contains information about the name of the programmer,
the download site, and some other command related information.
Copyright © 2007 Jack Ellis, updated 2008 by W. Spiegl.
This file is derived from the FreeDOS Spec Command HOWTO.
See the file H2Cpying for copying conditions.