Re: Kernel or failing harddisc?

From: Alan Cox
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 07:15:05 EST

On Maw, 2004-11-09 at 00:54, Alistair John Strachan wrote:
> Hi,
> Periodically, especially while playing large files with Xine (~1.4GB OGMs),
> playback will pause for up to 10 seconds. I see the following in dmesg;
> hda: dma_timer_expiry: dma status == 0x64
> hda: DMA interrupt recovery
> hda: lost interrupt
> The drive then recovers and playback resumes, no problem.
> Is this likely to be the first signs of a faulty HD, or is it some known
> problem? In the event that it's the HD, has anybody been able to successfully
> RMA a Maxtor which has this, albeit minor, problem?

It could be anything. An interrupt went walkies which could easily be
the driver, thermals, cabling, phase of the moon, drive,... If those are
the only logged lines then the drive hasn't reported any problems back.

Failed maxtors normally make it very clear they died - both in smart
data (usually) and by spewing drive level errors.


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