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Re: HD problem, Debian Sarge 2.6.9, 30GB IBM HD

On my IBM Laptop, that had happened to me with an external drive hooked up via 
USB. I heard several clicks in the rapid succession, suggesting perhaps 
thrashing heads. It turns out that the hard drive was flaky and had to be 

If the kernel is diabling the DMA to your HD, then you may have the same 
problem. I find even a good USB hard drive is notoriously slow at any rate.


> Hi
> On my dell laptop, I hear weird clicks now and then. I had no idea what it was,
> and nobody had similar issues on this forum, as I asked before. My problem isnt
> when the harddrive clicks several times, for me its just one click, and then
> silence for a long time, and click again.
> Now I got further. SOmetimes when I use the HD excessively, like tar-ing large
> files, etc, the HD light goes on, and stays on for 10-15 seconds, while nothing
> happenes on the laptop, and the mouse also freezes (I cannot move it for the
> 10-15 sec).
> In the /var/log/messages the following shows up:
> Dec 26 19:40:35 localhost kernel: hda: dma_timer_expiry: dma status == 0x21 Dec
> 26 19:40:46 localhost kernel: hda: DMA timeout error Dec 26 19:40:46 localhost
> kernel: hda: dma timeout error: status=0xd0 { Busy } Dec 26 19:40:46 localhost
> kernel: hda: DMA disabled
> Any ideas?
> Thanks
> Ben
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