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SubjectRe: Endeavour / IDE / Linux 1.2.13

[Jos Vos writes]

> I just installed a new system containing an Intel Endeavour with a P133,
> 32 MB RAM (60ns) and a Quantum EIDE drive (2.5 GB). I use Linux 1.2.13.
> The IDE stuff just doesn't seem to work properly:
> When I reboot the system in the normal way, after about 10 minutes of
> heavy disk I/O, and force a filesystem check in single user mode,
> the filesystem is _always_ corrupted (and this is after a clean unmount!).
> In a lot of cases, the kernel even panics or hangs when doing e2fsck then!
> Also, during e2fsck, I often get the message "VFS: Wrong blocksize
> on device 3/2".

Do you use '95 or any form of the new stack/compression vol stuff that
is currently getting churned out from everywhere..

This might be a problem since they do _very_ weird things to
partition tables and continuously common interface problems form
"bad" data sets being registered there.. Microsft trying to be clever.

I have had some problems like this, and I found resetting the
partition boundaries clear of the compressed drives is a possible
solution - although not ideal..


> And now the interesting point: I also have an ASUS P55T2P4 (the new one),
> a P166, and the same RAM and disk (that is, same brand, specs, speed, etc),
> and that works flawlessly (i'm doing the same tests, of course).
> So, my questions:
> - Is this maybe a known bug in the Intel Endeavour?

Have no idea...

> - Or is the Intel board triggering a bug in the 1.2.13 IDE driver?
> - Is there a patch for the 1.2.13 IDE driver (for example) to solve
> the problem or to act as a workaround?
> - Will Linux 2.0 solve the problem (I'll probably try this myself,
> but I just don't want to run 2.0 now on that particular system
> at this moment)?
> Thanks in advance for any help.
> --
> -- Jos Vos <>
> -- X/OS Experts in Open Systems BV | Phone: +31 20 6938364
> -- Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Fax: +31 20 6948204

James Usmar
Physics, Nottingham Uni, UK.

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