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Subjecthd trouble question

Hi. I have one trouble, and the following configuration:

ide first channel: old 40mb ide maxtor drive, master.
ide second chanel: wd caviar 2700 (730mb), and atapi cdrom.

Linux is running on wd, but old maxtor drive is swap partition. I did such
configuration because I wanted swap to be on other channel, and this old
drive is not capable to run on second channel (or capable ? If so, how do I
?). My previous configuration was, when both hd was on first channel, and
cdrom was on other, and it worked just fine. But when I moved to
old-on-first-channel configuration, it seems to be, that Linux has trouble
with this old crate:

hda: hda: status timeout: status = 0x80 { Busy }
hda: drive not ready for command
ide0: reset: success

Today I received this one:

hda: no DRQ after issuing WRITE
hda: status error: status=0x58 { DriveReady SeekComplete DataRequest }
hda: drive not ready for command
ide0: reset: success

This drive has badblocks (three ones, from maxtor corp.;-) ), but they was
ok on other configuration. Please help me, I love swap on entire device on
other channel so much! I can even work in X on 8mb! :)) (btw, I strongly
recommend you to use some old drive entire for swap on other channel - it's
perfectly! Especially 120mb drives).

Linux 2.0.24; ide onboard, chipset umc8???. Yearh, I forgot one thing:

hdb: no response (status = 0x80)

on startup. Always. I have no hdb installed. :)

Any suggestion ?

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