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Hard drive errors

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I've been getting the following messages sometimes, starting this weekend:

| kernel: hda: timeout waiting for DMA
| kernel: ide_dmaproc: chipset supported ide_dma_timeou func only: 14
| kernel: hda: status error: status=0x50 { DriveReady SeekComplete }
| kernel: hda: no DRQ after issuing MULTWRITE
| ide0: reset: success
| kernel: hda: lost interrupt
| kernel: hda: lost interrupt

Anyone have any ideas?  It seems to me like some sort of hardware
failure.  Can anyone tell if it's the harddrive or the ide controller?
(I hope it's just the hard drive.)

The "lost interrupt" message can repeat forever (until I reboot), and
anything that attemts to access the disk stops responding.

It varies in frequency.  Sometimes I can work for hours with nothing
going wrong, and sometimes it will happen shortly after rebooting.

Sometimes, after this happens, the computer won't boot up properly any
more.  It will get stuck on the Toshiba splash screen, with the hd light
off, and the floppy/cd light on.  I've figured out that if I unplug the
machine, and remove the battery, then put back the battery and plug the
machine back in, it will get back to booting properly.

The machine is a Toshiba Satellite 2100CDS.  I'm running kernel 2.4.16,
and have been for about a week before this started happening, so I don't
think it has anything to do with the kernel.  It also happened when I
tried booting into 2.4.13, which was running fine all of November.

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