debian 4.0 hard drive problem

Kerry Hoath kerry at
Sat Dec 29 18:09:03 EST 2007

There is probably an automounter running or something trying to mount a 
Is your cdrom perhaps slaved to the hard drive in that machine?
the other possibility is that your hard drive is jumpered either as slave, 
or that you have it set as cable select on the middle of the cable.
If using cable select the master drive goes at the end of the cable; and a 
single drive on a cable should be jumpered as master, *not* slave.
This goes for cdroms too.

Those ide errors mean the drive is not responding when the kernel thinks it 
should; and will eventually cause problems.
There are windows systems that have a single slave drive in them or one 
mapped as cable select on the middle of the cable and they do work to a 
but best to configure the hardware correctly.

Regards, Kerry.

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Subject: debian 4.0 hard drive problem

> All,
> Not found anything on this using google so am trying the list.
> The debian box has 1 hard drive.  Can't remember what I did with
> the partitions during the install.
> System appears to be working but every few minutes I get the
> following error:
> hdb: status error: status=0xd8 Busy ide failed opcode was unknown
> hdb: DNA disabled
> hdb: ATAPI resetcomplete
> hdb: request sense failure status =0x51  Drive Ready Seek
> Complete error
> hdb: request sense failure error=0x04 Aborted Command
> I thought that hdb would be a second drive but as I only have 1 in
> the machine seems strange.
> Also, sounds rather drastic but still seems to boot and work if the
> errors are ignored.
> No other os on the machine.
> Any ideas?
> Keith
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