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


Thanks for the info. I already contacted DELL and they are shipping me a new 
HDD. I have to say, that DELL's customer service is top notch. I chated with 
them, they advised me to do a few things, update BIOS, reseat HDD. I did all 
that, it still ticked, so I got back on chat the same day, they told me I 
will get a HDD, and tomorrow morning it will be here already. Next day AM 
service. Very nice. 

By the way, I had to flash the BIOS with a DOS boot CD which was a drag to 
make. (700m has no floppy). If somebody needs detailed instructions, just 
post here.

Thanks again


On Wednesday 29 December 2004 10:40 pm, Seehow Youare wrote:
> Go to Dell support site and search the Downloads for your HDD model
> number. There are a few patches on the Dell site for fixing ticnking
> noises in certain HDDS.
> Cheers
> On 26 Dec 2004 at 20:27, Benedek Frank wrote:
> 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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