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Re: [opensuse] /var/log/messages shows possible ide problems?
  • From: Terry Eck <terry_eck@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 10:41:56 -0600
  • Message-id: <459696D4.1020400@xxxxxxxxx>
Greg Freemyer wrote:

On 12/30/06, Terry Eck <terry_eck@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I've been getting the following lines in /var/log/messages:

Dec 30 08:47:54 linux kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51\
{ DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
Dec 30 08:47:54 linux kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x84\
{ DriveStatusError BadCRC }
Dec 30 08:47:54 linux kernel: ide: failed opcode was: unknown

Note: \ denotes CRLF I placed to reduce line length.

Anyone know whats going on?



I think that is a CRC error on your ide cable. ie. Your disk is
reading the data fine, but in the process of sending it to the
controller it is developing a problem. I find that bad IDE cables can
cause this problem more often than not. In particular ATA133 is only
speced to work on flat cables with a max. length of 18 inches. In
general I see 2ft cables used a lot and also those round cables look
cool and help with airflow, but they are not as good electrically as
the flat cables.


Just so happens I have those round ide cables. I also have two ide drives hda and hdb.
hda is 80Gb Western Digital while hdb is 160Gb Maxtor. I'll try replacing the ide
cables and also place the 160Gb drive on ide2 (hde). Hope this works and solves the

I do have SMART set on in the BIOS along with smartd running. The command
smartctl -H /dev/hda reports:
"SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED"

Thanks for all who replied,

openSUSE 10.2 (i586) -- -- Sat 12/30/06
10:30am up 1 day 0:51, 5 users, load average: 0.11, 0.13, 0.06

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