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Re:Re: Troubles with my HDD





Hi,

On Wed, Jan 23, 2002 at 10:54:56AM +0100, Patrick Ohnewein wrote:

I am new to this list and hope that my mail is not OFF TOPIC. After looking around for 2 months now, to find a solution, I will try it here now.


Now the scenario: I bought a new cool dell laptop:
INSPIRON 8100, 512MB RAM, NVIDEA GeForce2Go 32MB, 30GB Hitachi hard disk and a DVD. I bought it with WinME preinstalled, because it wasn't possible to get it with linux nor without an OS.

I've had many reports of IDE data corruption on i8100 laptops. Does booting the kernel with the "ide=nodma" option improve things?

Cheers,
Stephen




I too have an inspiron 8100.

I've run into this same problem myself and had a massive crash as a result.
Both my Linux partitions and DOS partitions were hosed and I had to reinit
my disk and restore both Windows and Linux from backups.
What fun! :)


I did find that adding ide=nodma to my boot options in grub cleared up the problem.
THANK YOU!!!!!



For debugging purposes, I have some further info to report:


1. The problem was reliably triggered by starting an Xwindows Session.
Here is the relevant section of /var/log/messages. This pattern was repeated
every time I rebooted to runlevel 5 and logged in via xdm:


Feb 17 11:06:23 inspiron kernel: maestro3: Configuring ESS Maestro3(i) found at IO 0xDC00 IRQ 5
Feb 17 11:06:23 inspiron kernel: maestro3: subvendor id: 0x00e61028
Feb 17 11:06:24 inspiron kernel: ac97_codec: AC97 Audio codec, id: 0x8384:0x7609 (SigmaTel STAC9721/23)
Feb 17 11:06:24 inspiron modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-0-0
Feb 17 11:06:28 inspiron gnome-name-server[1334]: starting
Feb 17 11:06:28 inspiron gnome-name-server[1335]: starting
Feb 17 11:06:28 inspiron gnome-name-server[1334]: name server starting
Feb 17 11:06:28 inspiron kernel: ide-floppy driver 0.97
Feb 17 11:06:28 inspiron kernel: hda: status error: status=0x58 { DriveReady SeekComplete DataRequest }
Feb 17 11:06:28 inspiron kernel: hda: drive not ready for command
Feb 17 11:06:28 inspiron gnome-name-server[1335]: name server was running on display, exiting
Feb 17 11:06:38 inspiron kernel: hda: timeout waiting for DMA
Feb 17 11:06:38 inspiron kernel: ide_dmaproc: chipset supported ide_dma_timeout func only: 14
Feb 17 11:06:38 inspiron kernel: hdb: ATAPI 24X DVD-ROM drive, 512kB Cache, DMA
Feb 17 11:06:38 inspiron kernel: Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
Feb 17 11:06:38 inspiron kernel: hda: status error: status=0x58 { DriveReady SeekComplete DataRequest }
Feb 17 11:06:38 inspiron kernel: hda: drive not ready for command


I hope this helps find the source of the problem.

Steve Madere

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