Subject: Re: pciide lost interrupt - losing access to the file system
To: Brett Lymn <>
From: Rick Byers <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/16/1999 12:31:12
I do have an APM BIOS, but I disabled the HDD power-down when I first
started having problems.  Besides, it used to spin the drives down fine
when they weren't being used, and then spin them back up when I wanted to
access them (although I may have gotten a timeout message on spin-up, but
it still worked).

Thanks for the idea though!

On Sat, 16 Oct 1999, Brett Lymn wrote:

> According to Johan Ihren:
> >
> >I'm seeing the same thing, except in my case it is while trying to
> >install 1.4 onto an old 486-machine (no PCI). I.e. what I see is
> >basically:
> >
> >wdc0:0:0: device timeout
> >        type: ata
> >        c_bcount: 0
> >        c_skip: 0
> >
> >over and over when booting from the install floppy. First I thought it
> >must be broken h/w, but since other OSes (not to mention by name)
> >install nicely it seems like a NetBSD problem.
> >
> Do either of you guys have any device power management enabled in your
> bios that spins the disks down?
> -- 
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> Brett Lymn, Computer Systems Administrator, British Aerospace Australia
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