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Bug#335538: kernel-image-2.6.8-2-386: Hard drive locks up - DMA or Power Management problem?

On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 03:37:52PM +0100, George B. wrote:
> Package: kernel-image-2.6.8-2-386
> Version: 2.6.8-16
> Severity: important
> Hello,
> I've been having the same problem on 3 firewall boxes: after a certain
> amount of time (days, weeks) the hard drives will either go into read
> only mode or lock up for good (until a reboot) with I/O error messages.
> I will report about this this machine, as the others have not been
> rebooted yet, so they don't work properly yet (although they still
> forward/filter packets.)
> All the firewalls use Seagate ST92011A (20GB 2.5") drives and are based
> on the VIA chipsets (can't confirm if these are identical as one of the
> firewalls uses a different motherboard and is currently dead
> (input/output error on any command) until the next reboot.
> This was a problem when I tried the latest 2.4 kernel in Sarge, then it
> seemed to go away when I switched to 2.6.8, but is still there, just
> takes much longer for the fault to occur.
> I have a feeling it is a Power Management problem, with the drive not
> waking up from deep sleep (this was proven experimentally with the 2.4
> kernel.) At the moment I am testing the hdparm -B 255 'solution'.
> Otherwise it's the 15 min ls -l / > /dev/null cron job :-S
> The kernel is from APT the modules loaded are by hotplug - no custom
> stuff. powermgmt-base is installed, but that's about it.

Your disks are failing, get new ones if you value your data.


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