ATA problems with FreeBSD 5.4
bob89 at eng.ufl.edu
Thu Jun 23 22:56:44 GMT 2005
On 6/23/05, Matthias Buelow <mkb at incubus.de> wrote:
> Joao Carlos Mendes Luis <jonny at jonny.eng.br> writes:
> >kernel sends some messages, "ata0-master: failure - ATA_IDENTIFY timed
> >out", "ata0-master: failure - ATA_IDENTIFY timed out", and them no hard
> >disk is identified, so I cannot install the system. If I boot from a
> >pre-installed hard disk, its even worse, after these message, I get a
> I've started experiencing the same here, occasionally on reboot, but
> only after I have upgraded to 5.4-STABLE on June 21. Before, I haven't
> seen that issue. In a similar situation to yours, Windows XP here has no
> problems so I don't assume it's hardware related. (And, when it actually
> boot, the problem doesn't seem occur anymore then while the system is
> up.) I'm now hesitating to update other machines because of that, hope
> it gets identified (and fixed) soon.
Hmmm. I encountered this one time on the laptop I upgraded to
5.4-RELEASE (not -STABLE) a few weeks ago, although I had booted the
system several times prior to that with no problems. It got part way
throught the boot then started throwing that error message. I powered
down the system and tried again and it worked ok.
Because I had installed a new hard drive as part of the upgrade, and the
error actually happened the first time I rebooted the system from
Windows to FreeBSD (dual boot system), and it was also the first time I
booted it with my wireless card using the NDIS wrapper, I came to no
conclusion about the proximate cause other than to hope that my new hard
drive was not defective.
I have booted the system (warm and cold, and reboot from Windows) at
least a dozen times since, and it has not repeated.
Given your experience, I am beginning to suspect that this is a race
condition that is more likely to hit some systems than others. I've had
other problems with the NDIS driver wrapper, but since you aren't using
it, I guess it likely isn't the cause of this issue.
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