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Microsoft KB Archive/104418

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Direct Memory Access (DMA) Channels and Descriptions

Article ID: 104418

Article Last Modified on 5/6/2003



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft MS-DOS 2.11 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.1
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.3 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.3a
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.01 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0a
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition



This article was previously published under Q104418

SUMMARY

A direct memory access (DMA) channel provides high speed data transfer between a peripheral device, such as a disk drive controller, and memory without intervention by the CPU. Listed below are the DMA channels for the IBM PC and XT class machines and the IBM AT and above class machines.

   IBM PC and XT
   -------------

   DMA Channel        Description
   ---------------------------------------------------

   0               Dynamic RAM Refresh
   1               Reserved
   2               Floppy Disk Controller
   3               Hard Disk Controller

   IBM AT and Above
   ----------------

   DMA Channel        Description
   ---------------------------------------------------

   0               Reserved
   1               SDLC Controller
   2               Floppy Disk Controller
   3               Hard Disk Controller
   4               Cascade from DMA channels 0 - 3
   5               Reserved
   6               Reserved
   7               Reserved
                

REFERENCES

"The Handbook For Microcomputer Technicians," by Peter N. Bernstock, ISBN 0-89435-424-8

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Additional query words: 6.22 2.00 3.0 3.00 3.1 3.10 3.2 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.3 3.3a 3.30 3.30a 4.0 4.0a 4.00 4.00a 4.01 4.01a 5.0 5.00 5.0a 5.00a 6.00 6.20

Keywords: KB104418