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

From: Jeff Garzik
Date: Thu Jul 28 2005 - 23:26:48 EST

Yaroslav Halchenko wrote:
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.

Does this happen in unpatched or 2.6.13-rc4?


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

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

This is one of the reasons why SMART support is not yet in the mainline kernel!


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