I'm glad that this is sorted out.
I want to modify the smartmontools WARNING file to help users overcome
this problem. I'll put in "Enable the Promise-BIOS (ATA100-BIOS) or the
machine will hang". But please tell me if this is not the right thing to
say, or if I should say more.
On Mon, 6 Jan 2003, Georg Acher wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 02, 2003 at 09:04:51PM +0100, Georg Acher wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 01, 2003 at 01:59:39AM -0600, Bruce Allen wrote:
> > > Mark, Georg,
> > >
> > > Every few days, I do a google search to see what's turned up that's
> > > relevant to smartmontools. Here's something of relevance to our
> > > promise-related thread. Mark, I think it suggests an answer to your
> > > question (that yes, the command below WILL fail) but I'd still like to see
> > > what happens when Georg has a chance to try it...
> > >
> > > http://groups.google.com/groups?q=smartctl+-freshmeat+-slackware&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&scoring=d&selm=200212201338.45492.marvin%40synapse.net&rnum=5
> > Sounds very similar to my setup. I have also disabled the Promise-Bios,
> > since it takes so long to detect the disks. When I'm back home, I'll try
> > whether enabling it will help or not.
> Ok, back at home: /cat/proc/hde/identify also crashes the machine. But more
> important: Enabling the Promise-Bios (aka ATA100-Bios) again solves all
> troubles. So it's not taskfile related in any way, it's a incomplete
> initialization of the Promise chip in the kernel driver.
> Thanks for all the support, now I know that my drives are still healthy ;-)
> Georg Acher, acher@...
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