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With the 40gig drive it all boots up quickly (haven't timed it but I guess it's no more than a couple of mins).
With the 250gig drive, the bios seems to take more than a minute to detect it and there's an even bigger delay getting to a grub screen. The kernel then complains:
ata7: link is very slow. please be patient ata7: SRST failed (error=-16) about 3 or 4 times.again it probably hangs at this point for a few mins then the rest of the boot procedure is pretty quick.
Once it's booted, as far as I can tell the drive works fine. Hdparm reports:
/dev/sdc: <- the 250 gig ide drive Timing cached reads: 6350 MB in 2.00 seconds = 3176.03 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 92 MB in 3.06 seconds = 30.11 MB/sec /dev/sda: <- a 1.5 TB sata drive for comparison Timing cached reads: 6870 MB in 2.00 seconds = 3436.35 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 322 MB in 3.01 seconds = 107.07 MB/sec That suggests to me that the link and the drive are working just fine.I have tried fiddling with the cable to make sure it's all the way in, turning the cable around, disconnecting the cd drive so it's the only device attached, both plugs on the cable, another cable, fiddling with bios settings (various).
Apart from ditching the drive, I'm out of ideas what to do. Anyone seen this before?
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