ATA problem

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Thu Jan 27 21:25:43 PST 2005

Are you using an old ordinary IDE cable or the super special high
density go-fast new style IDE cable?


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> Subject: ATA problem
> Hello, I'm having a problem installing any version of FreeBSD 5.2 and
> above on a EIDE Western Digital Caviar 80GB. That system was running
> 4.x without any problems for over 2 years. When I planned to install
> 5.3 I got the error below. I thought at first it's HD jumper settings
> "not that I changed the current settings" Then I thought it's the IDE
> bus. I did further debugging. I installed different types of Linux and
> Windows 2k and I got no problem with the HD.  I'm able to install
> FreeBSD 5.1 and any prior release with no problem.
> I read some threads about 5.3 having problems with some IDEs. If
> that's the case, what is your suggestion ? I want to take advantage of
> the nice features in 5.3 plus I got my DVD burner identified for the
> first time under 5.3.
> After I boot from CD to proceed with a clean install. When I get
> hardware probing, as I reach  the 'ata' part I get the message below
> and everything just freeze there. I have to do a hard boot.
> ad0: 76293MB <WDC WD800BB-75FRA0> [155009/16/63] at ata0-master UDMA100
> ata1-master: FAILURE - ATA_IDENTIFY
> LBA=0
> Thank you,
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