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SubjectRe: Strange DMA-errors and system hang with Promise 20268
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On Sat, 2004-05-29 at 16:42, Mario 'BitKoenig' Holbe wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Sun, Mar 07, 2004 at 02:05:46AM +0100, Mario 'BitKoenig' Holbe wrote:
> > Mar 4 01:01:06 darkside kernel: hde: dma_timer_expiry: dma status == 0x21
>
> hmmm, it seems I solved the issue in my case.
>
> I did just connect the two disks on the Promise to a second separate
> power supply and everything works rock-stable and survives all things
> that went wrong before (parallel fsck, parallel hdparm -t as well as
> 'normal operation' over days).
> Things remain stable even with the WDC disk connected back to the
> Promise, which was heavy unstable before.
>
> Moreover, when I connect the disks back to the machines internal power
> supply, the problems arise again - immediately.
>
> IMHO, this does also explain, why the problems happen while heavy I/O
> (parallel over all disks) and/or while S.M.A.R.T selftests are running
> (also: parallel over all disks).
>
> Well, I thought, a 300W power supply would be enough for 1GHz P-III
> and 4 disks. And it definitely was enough for a long time.
>
> Most likely, the power supply just aged and its capacity decreased.
>
> Perhaps, the disks consume more power with newer kernels, but while
> crawling the lkm archives I found similar reports also for 2.4.19.
>
> I have no idea, why always the disks connected to the Promise
> controller did fail. Perhaps, the Promise is more sensitive regarding
> signal quality on the IDE wire.
>
> I have no idea, why my WDC disk failed when connected to the Promise,
> while others did work far more stable. Perhaps, the WDC disks signal
> quality under low-power is more bad than the one of other disks.
>
> I have no idea, why the WDC disk did work well when it was connected
> to the onboard controller. Perhaps, the lower signal quality of the
> WDC (if so) and the sensitivity of the Promise (if so) added together
> was too much at all.
>
>
> Henrik, Sebastian: if you still have problems, this is probably
> something to test for you.

Well. I don't have those problems anymore but..I have a question..
Should the box freeze just because there is some powerfailures? :/

--
Henrik Persson <nix@syndicalist.net>

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