--- maxim wexler <blissfix@...> wrote:
> Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 15:52:20 -0700 (PDT)
> From: maxim wexler <blissfix@...>
> Subject: [gentoo-user] smartctl strangeness
> To: gentoo-user@...
> Hi group,
> A while ago my Maxtor 120G IDE HD started acting up,
> smartctl wouldn't pass it and in dmesg were many
> ominous dma_intr errors.
> So from ebay I got a used Samsung 160g which I just
> installed. I was hoping to transfer over my OS and
> files etc to the "new" drive.
> The drive is recognized in the BIOS on a venerable
> PIII and assigned Ultra DMA mode 5. But I notice it
> recognized as having only 131G. Maybe that's
> significant. IIRC the PC, a Dell, was put together
> 01 and the Samsung HD is c. 2004. It's formatted
> completely FAT32 and mounts OK.
> Anyway, this is where things get even stranger. I've
> quadruple-checked and I still don't believe it. The
> Maxtor drive now PASSES smartctl -H and the "new"
> FAILS. The Maxtor still gets the dma_intr errors in
> dmesg and the Samsung is said to have it's "DMA
> disabled" which contradicts the BIOS, but no other
> Can somebody make sense of this?
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