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SubjectRe: Upgraded from 2.2.5 (RH6) to 2.3.18---ATAPI CD-ROM freezes machine while booting
Stuart Inglis writes:

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When booting 2.2.5 I get...
hda: GCD-R542B, ATAPI CDROM drive
hdb: no response (status = 0xff)
hdb: non-IDE drive, CHS=0/0/0
hdb: INVALID GEOMETRY: 0 PHYSICAL HEADS?
hda: ATAPI 4X CD-ROM drive, 256kB Cache
SCSI device sda: hdwr sector= 512 bytes. Sectors= 2069860 [1010 MB] [1.0 GB]

and the machine boots.
When booting 2.3.18 I get...

hda: GCD-R542B, ATAPI CDROM drive
hdb: no response (status = 0xff)
hdb: INVALID GEOMETRY: 0 PHYSICAL HEADS?
hda: cdrom_pc_intr: The drive appears confused (ireason = 0x 1)

and the machine hangs.
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I'll leave it to the IDE and CDROM people to find out what
precisely causes the difference between 2.2.5 and 2.3.18.
But clearly, already 2.2.5 was buggy.

I suppose I know what causes the bug in 2.2.5, namely our
old enemy probe_cmos_for_drives().
This has always been a strange, buggy routine, but long ago
it bit fewer people, because not so many people had both IDE
and SCSI on one machine.

Please try to disable probe_cmos_for_drives()
(by replacing the #ifdef __i386__ at the start by #if 0).
and report on whether 2.2.5 and 2.3.18 show improvement.

Andries

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