Subject: Toshiba laptop wedging hard on disk activity.
To: None <>
From: Brett Lymn <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/02/2000 16:03:32
        I have scrounged yet another "under spec" laptop (at least NT
is good for something around here - it won't run decently on older
laptops so they become surplus :-), this time I have a Tecra 700CT.
The problem I seem to be having is that the thing randomly locks up
hard with the hard disk led on - I am not being dropped to ddb nor can
I drop to ddb, the only thing I can do is power off.  I am suspecting
that the IDE drive is claiming is supports some mode that is buggy on
the drive.  This is happening with a version of current that is a
couple of weeks old, it also happens with the 1.4.1 install floppy.  I
have put the HD into my previous lapdog, a 410CDT, and it does not
have a problem and I can put the HD from the 410CDT into the Tecra and
that has no problem.  I would just swap the hard disks but the Tecra
is a 1.2Gig vs 800Meg in the 410CDT, I would like the extra space and
besides the 1.2Gig does not fit into the 410CDT case (I had to spring
the case apart to make it fit temporarily ;-).

I have had a look at building a kernel with the flags on the wd* line
set to 0x0fff, is this the right thing to do?  I want to dumb down the
wd driver as much as I can to see if the HD works properly.  I believe
that the thing used to work ok with NT but that does not mean much.

Brett Lymn, Computer Systems Administrator, BAE SYSTEMS