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Re: ata2: STST failed (error -5)

On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 21:19:55 -0400, dave boland wrote:

> I have been trying out the new Debian live cd (as well as Mepis 11,
> Ubuntu 10, and Mint 10 -- all Debian derivatives) and all are now giving
> me this error. The computer does not have a second hard drive, and when
> it boots the BIOS looks for a slave, finds none, and moves on.  This
> error was not a problem with Debian 5 or or any distribution based on
> it.  My question is what is going on, and why?


> To help do the diagnosis, I have attached some system information.


>>From dmesg:
> Probing IDE interface ide0...
> hda: ST340016A, ATA DISK drive
> hda: host max PIO4 wanted PIO255(auto-tune) selected PIO4 hda: UDMA/100
> mode selected
> Probing IDE interface ide1...
> CRW8424E, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive hdc: host max PIO4 wanted
> PIO255(auto-tune) selected PIO4 hdc: UDMA/66 mode selected
> hdd: host max PIO4 wanted PIO255(auto-tune) selected PIO4 hdd: MWDMA2
> mode selected
> ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
> ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
> ide-cd driver 5.00
> ide-cd: hdc: ATAPI 48X DVD-ROM DVD-R/RAM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache
> Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
> ide-cd: hdd: ATAPI 16X CD-ROM CD-R/RW drive, 4096kB Cache

Hum... you seem to have many IDE devices attached to that box with almost 
all channels occupied (1 hdd and 2 DVD/CD units, if I read it 
correctly...) so Ben's suggestions also makes sense to me (that is, 
recheck all of your IDE device jumpers position to match your current 
configuration and to avoid overlapping). You can even leave connected 
only the DVD unit to load the LiveCD and see how it goes...



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