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Bug#319753: linux-image-2.6.12-1-686: Long pause during boot while probing ide



Package: linux-source-2.6.12
Version: 2.6.12-1

Yesterday I experienced a fairly long pause during boot of my Toshiba
Satellite A40 laptop. The pause happens while IDE interfaces are being
probed as indicated in the fragment from kern.log below.
The pause was long enough (about 10-15 seconds) that the first time I
thought the system was hanging completely. Because my old kernel booted
normally, I tried again.
The problem occurred at least 4 times yesterday after both reboots and
cold boots. I've never seen this problem with older kernels.

This morning I cannot reproduce the problem :-P
The difference in the logs is that now the line "ide4: Wait for ready
failed before probe !" is missing.

I'm not quite sure why the kernel is probing for _6_ IDE interfaces as
I'm quite sure the laptop only has 2.

Cheers,
FJP


kernel: Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00alpha2
kernel: ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
kernel: ICH4: IDE controller at PCI slot 0000:00:1f.1
kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:1f.1[A] -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 177
kernel: ICH4: chipset revision 3
kernel: ICH4: not 100%% native mode: will probe irqs later
kernel:     ide0: BM-DMA at 0xbfa0-0xbfa7, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
kernel:     ide1: BM-DMA at 0xbfa8-0xbfaf, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
   <following line not shown on console>
kernel: Probing IDE interface ide0...
kernel: hda: IC25N060ATMR04-0, ATA DISK drive
kernel: ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
   <following line not shown on console>
kernel: Probing IDE interface ide1...
kernel: hdc: TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-R6112, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
kernel: ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
   <pause of about 10 seconds starts here; following lines not shown on console>
kernel: Probing IDE interface ide2...
kernel: Probing IDE interface ide3...
kernel: Probing IDE interface ide4...
kernel: ide4: Wait for ready failed before probe !
kernel: Probing IDE interface ide5...
   <end of pause; boot resumes as normal>
kernel: hda: max request size: 1024KiB
kernel: hda: 117210240 sectors (60011 MB) w/7884KiB Cache, CHS=16383/255/63, UDMA(100)
kernel: hda: cache flushes supported
kernel:  /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1 p2 p3 < p5 p6 p7 p8 > p4
kernel: kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds

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