Subject: Re: Toshiba laptop wedging hard on disk activity.
To: Brett Lymn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Juergen Hannken-Illjes <email@example.com>
Date: 02/02/2000 11:02:14
Please check if your `/sys/kern/subr_disk.c' is at least Rev 1.27 (Jan 28, 2000).
Juergen Hannken-Illjes - firstname.lastname@example.org - TU Braunschweig (Germany)
> 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