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Bug#517330: linux-image-2.6.26-1-686: ide-tape hangs for 180s on boot and disables the cdrom

Hi Tzvetan,

> Under 2.6.26 ide-tape hangs during boot at:
> "[    5.776016] ide-tape: hdd <-> ht0: Seagate STT3401A rev 3"
> After about 180 seconds the boot continues somehow, but as I understand 
> it, the cdrom task is still frozen, so the tape and more importantly the
>  CDROM are not working.
> So, the problem is threefold:
> - long delay on boot
> - tape no longer working
> - cdrom no longer working
> The situation is dire since we have this same tape drive on many systems
> and so far I haven't found a way to at least disable it via any 
> configuration means. The "hdd=none" boot parameter has no efect. 
> Blacklisting ide_tape in modprobe.d also doesn't affect it.

For me blacklisting the ide_tape module works.

I also don't experience the long delay at boot, it did delay before I
blacklisted the ide_tape module.

My cdrom drive also works normally, I didn't test the cdrom without
blacklisting the ide_tape module. My cdrom is a burner so I also
blacklisted ide_cd module, not sure whether that changes the behaviour.

I also posted a bugreport about this issue in the Debian tracker [1].

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=499752

Mark de Wever

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