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SubjectRe: Possible bug and question about ide_notify_reboot in drivers/ide/ide.c (2.4.19)
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> Second, why do we need to put the disks on standby before halting?

So that data that is in their internal RAM cache is flushed before the power is switched off.

> I ask because putting the disks on standby puts my hard drives into a coma!!
> When I power up after a halt, I have to go into the BIOS and force auto-detect to wake
> them back up. I've removed the "standby" code and things seem to be functioning normally.

That is very strange.

> I have an Epox 8K7A motherboard with two Maxtor Hard drives (model 5T040H4).

Never experienced that with a Maxtor hard disk. Best person to ask would be Alan.

John.
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