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SubjectRe: 2.6.20: libata PATA ATAPI CDROM weirdness on ALI
Brandon Low wrote:

> I'm having some weirdness during boot with my optical drives on 2.6.20.
> ata2.00: ATAPI, max UDMA/33
> ata2.01: ATAPI, max UDMA/33
> ata2.00: qc timeout (cmd 0xef)
> ata2.00: failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x4)
> ata2.00: limiting speed to UDMA/25
> ata2: failed to recover some devices, retrying in 5 secs
> ata2.00: configured for UDMA/25
> ata2.01: configured for UDMA/33
> the 4 lines starting with qc timeout _would_ repeat with lower speeds
> until the drive was finally disabled and then do the same for 2.01,
> except that on this particular attempt, I had the thought to eject both
> optical drives while it sat there. Boot then proceeded normally and the
> drives appear to work.
> Intuitively this seems to indicate that the drives aren't being sent
> some kind of wake-up call before their transfer modes are set.
> The motherboard is an ASRock 939 Dual SATA II.

In my case of relatively old ALi chipset CD-ROM was never detected if DMA is
allowed. Unfortunately this remained mystery for quite some time. Legacy
IDE drivers are working just fine; it is only pata_ali that failes :(

See e.g.
(2.6.19: ALi M5229 - CD-ROM not found with pata_ali)

if you have any idea how to debug it ...


> Let me know if there is any more information that I can provide.
> Thanks,
> Brandon Low

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