2.6.8 -> 2.6.11 (+ata-dev patch) -- HDD is always on

From: Yaroslav Halchenko
Date: Thu Jul 28 2005 - 23:12:04 EST

I've been running debian stable with 2.6.8 kernel but due to recent
failure of the SATA harddrive I've decided to upgrade to 2.6.11 + libata
patch (2.6.11-libata-dev1.patch.gz) and recent smartmontools

After everything worked out and I decided to rest in piece but I've
found that HDD LED light nomater what. It seems to turn off during BIOS
checks and then kicks in 1-2 secs after kernel starts booting. No
prominent harddrive activity noise can be heard but this drive is
quite silent so it is hard to say.

SATA drivers were compiled in the kernel to don't mess with initrd.


LED constantly ON - does it signal about a problem or may be just
that some status bit is hanging? Should I worry and try differen kernel

YIKES: ran hddtemp /dev/sda and whole box hanged... SysRq keys - no
effect... heh heh... reboot -> nothing in logs

Detailed information on the system and drives (outputs of smartctl -a)
can be found


Thank you in advance for ideas

P.S. was ata-dev patch incorporated in recent kernel versions so I could
use SMART with vanilla kernel?

Yaroslav Halchenko
Graduate Student CS Dept. UNM, ABQ
Linux User 175555
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