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From: Linda Walsh <>
To: Tejun Heo <>
Cc: Smartmontools Mailing List 
	Bruce Allen <>,
	LKML <>
Subject: re: Promise SATA-standby +selftest=hungdrive; Sil works...
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 20:40:53 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

This is with  (there are multiple other problems with 2.6.27[.0]).

The problem with the drive going "offline" doesn't happen with a
sil_sata(3124) controller -- so no need to unplug and replug...

I.e. when the drives are in standby, if smartd or a smartctl command
attempts to run a drive self-test (short), I get timeout errors from the
Promise controller (which hangs the sys if I try unplugging/replugging
the cable to the hung drive). 

The drives correctly spin up to speed and perform the short-test with
the sil controller.

It would seem there is a problem with the Promise controller or driver?

Tejun Heo wrote:
> Linda Walsh wrote:
>> Tejun Heo wrote:
>>> Linda Walsh wrote:
>>>> Controller is a Promise TX4/300
>>>> Yeap.  After the drive goes offline, does unplugging and replugging
>>>> the power cable to the harddrive makes it come back?
>> ----
>>    No.  It hangs the computer. about 2-3 seconds after plugging the
>> drives back in.  Did it twice to verify it wasn't a fluke.  Verified
>> drives removed from /dev, then
>> plugged them back in -- was able to do about 1-2 ls commands on /dev, then
>> keyboard goes dead.
>>    First time I tried unplugging the power cables and replugging --
>> that hung...
>> 2nd time tried unplugging a sata cable and replugging -- that hung too.
> Ah.. okay, so the controller went bonkers then.  Any chance you can
> shell out ~15 bucks and try a sil SATA controller?
>>    Hopefully you won't need any more tests of this exact nature...? :-)
> Wasn't it fun and empowering?  :-P

  reply	other threads:[~2008-10-22  3:41 UTC|newest]

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2008-10-07  0:37           ` [smartmontools-support] inactive SATA drives won't stay in standby or sleep, PATA models did. (fwd) Linda Walsh
2008-10-07  1:08             ` Tejun Heo
2008-10-07  1:36               ` Linda Walsh
2008-10-07  1:42                 ` Tejun Heo
2008-10-07 10:13                   ` Linda Walsh
2008-10-07 22:27                   ` Linda Walsh
2008-10-07 23:59                     ` Tejun Heo
2008-10-22  3:40                       ` Linda Walsh [this message]
2008-10-22  4:13                         ` Promise SATA-standby +selftest=hungdrive; Sil works Tejun Heo

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