On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 09:28:09AM -0400, Bill Moran wrote:
> Stijn Hoop wrote:
> > does anyone know if the Promise ATA100 controller PCI card supports 160 G
> > disks on -STABLE?
> I'm not 100% sure that the Promise controller is the problem here:
> http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2004-May/046070.html

Hmm, not good.

However, I have misworded my question I guess -- I wanted to know whether
those drives _could_ work in that configuration; I did not want to buy
non-working drives (I'd have gone for 120G if they didn't work, however I'm
reasonably sure now that it'll work).

Based on your problems I'll stay away from buying a Samsung drive right now,
even though it might not be the real problem. Thanks for the feedback.

> Earlier this week, I thought I'd solved the problem: I partitioned the drive
> in a different computer, and it seemed to be OK in one of the machines where
> it previously wouldn't work.
> I then partitioned a second drive and sent them both off with the client to
> be installed in the server at the colo site.  Apon installation, the system
> hung (as described in the email) ... I don't know what the hell is going on
> at this point, and it's incredibly frustrating because I'm not even sure how
> to proceed with fixing it.

We had a Linux machine here a few weeks ago that wouldn't boot; turned out the
memory had gone faulty but we only discovered that after running memtest86 for
over 24 hours (having passed lots of tests it suddenly reported failures).  It
wasn't a case of overheating because it consistently failed to boot; it just
took memtest lots and lots of repeats to get the problem to show.

Anyway I don't know if it's related to your problem but my point is that you
never suspect the right component in the case of hardware failures :(


Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

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