SOme doubt about the harddisk errors

Posted on 2001-08-17
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have installed RH7.1 on my new intel810chipset pc wit 40GB harddisk. The installtion went successfully but intermittantly i will be getting errors like

hda:dma_intr:status 0x51{DriveReadySeekCOmpleteError}
hda:dma_intr:error=0x84{drivestatus error Bad CRC}

is that a is giving any indication towards harddisk problem or not
or is it a general error
pls let me know

thanks for all

Question by:sudarshankr
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
LVL 14

Expert Comment

ID: 6400600
When do you get those errors ? At boot up ?

If you're lucky then it is just a 'discourse' between LILO & the BIOS
about how it should read your hardddisk, roughly spoken.

Try these steps:

1.) Simply rerun LILO a couple of times. Command  '/sbin/lilo'
in combination with rebooting your system.

2.) If it doesn't help then check your /etc/lilo.conf. file:
 If there is an option 'compact', remove it & rerun lilo.
 E.g. try LILO with the 'linear' option & see if it does improve things.

If that doesn't help then it is likely that your media is bad.
You may 'fsck' your disk device in order to find & possibly repair any defects. Please read the fsck man page for that.

A CRC error is rather an indication towards a harddisk problem : (

Expert Comment

ID: 6404400

Is the drive a Western Digital by any chance ? I Had these kind of errors at boot time (only) on a prior box using a WD drive although it seemed not to cause a problem in practice.

See --> in general and note in particular. You may be safer using hdparm to use more conservative dma settings :

/sbin/hdparm -i /dev/hda       (tells you current settings and drive capabilities as seen by system)

LVL 14

Expert Comment

ID: 6404416

that sounds interesting, actually, considering last time when I had to meet with some 'extraordinary behaviour' from a harddisk, it also was a Western digital ; )
Easy, flexible multimedia distribution & control

Coming soon!  Ideal for large-scale A/V applications, ATEN's VM3200 Modular Matrix Switch is an all-in-one solution that simplifies video wall integration. Easily customize display layouts to see what you want, how you want it in 4k.


Author Comment

ID: 6405083
I am getting errors at the boot time and also while working on some terminal we will get this errors regularly. Even some one is typing some text files also we are getting this errors regularly. So it becomes difficlt for us to work in the same.
pls help me in this regard

Thankyou for your replies

LVL 16

Expert Comment

ID: 6412522
Make sure Ultra66/100 DMA mode is turned off (Western Digital has a util on their site that you can use to do this) - I saw almost the exact same problem on a drive that was inserted into a system whose controller only did Ultra33.

Just a thought,

Author Comment

ID: 6416256
The harddisk is of make seagate and its set up as ultraDMA 66, how should i disable the same

Thanks for all

LVL 16

Accepted Solution

The--Captain earned 100 total points
ID: 6417048
There will either be a jumper on the drive or a utility to disable it (which could be downloaded from Seagate), I presume. will tell you for sure

No guarantee this will work, but why not try?



Expert Comment

ID: 6899548
ADMINISTRATION WILL BE CONTACTING YOU SHORTLY.  Moderators Computer101 or Netminder will return to finalize these if still open in seven days.  Please post closing recommendations before that time.

Question(s) below appears to have been abandoned. Your options are:
1. Accept a Comment As Answer (use the button next to the Expert's name).
2. Close the question if the information was not useful to you, but may help others. You must tell the participants why you wish to do this, and allow for Expert response.  This choice will include a refund to you, and will move this question to our PAQ (Previously Asked Question) database.  If you found information outside this question thread, please add it.
3. Ask Community Support to help split points between participating experts, or just comment here with details and we'll respond with the process.
4. Delete the question (if it has no potential value for others).
   --> Post comments for expert of your intention to delete and why
   --> You cannot delete a question with comments, special handling by a Moderator is required.

For special handling needs, please post a zero point question in the link below and include the URL (question QID/link) that it regards with details.
Please click the Help Desk link on the left for Member Guidelines, Member Agreement and the Question/Answer process for further information, if needed.

Click you Member Profile to view your question history and keep them all current with updates as the collaboration effort continues, to track all your open and locked questions at this site.  If you are an EE Pro user, use the Power Search option to find them.  Anytime you have questions which are LOCKED with a Proposed Answer but does not serve your needs, please reject it and add comments as to why.  In addition, when you do grade the question, if the grade is less than an A, please add a comment as to why.  This helps all involved, as well as future persons who may access this item in the future to seek help.

To view your open questions, please click the following link(s) and keep them all current with updates.

To view your locked questions, please click the following link(s) and evaluate the proposed answer.

------------>  EXPERTS:  Please leave any comments regarding your closing recommendations if this item remains inactive another seven (7) days.  Also, if you are interested in the cleanup effort, please click this link

Moderators will finalize this question if still open in 7 days, by either moving this to the PAQ (Previously Asked Questions) at zero points, deleting it or awarding expert(s) when recommendations are made, or an independent determination can be made.  Expert input is always appreciated to determine the fair outcome.
Thank you everyone.
Moderator @ Experts Exchange

P.S.  For any year 2000 questions, special attention is needed to ensure the first correct response is awarded, since they are not in the comment date order, but rather in Member ID order.

Expert Comment

ID: 6905320
Thanks for returning and finalizing this.
Moondancer - EE Moderator

Featured Post

Free Tool: Postgres Monitoring System

A PHP and Perl based system to collect and display usage statistics from PostgreSQL databases.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

I have seen several blogs and forum entries elsewhere state that because NTFS volumes do not support linux ownership or permissions, they cannot be used for anonymous ftp upload through the vsftpd program.   IT can be done and here's how to get i…
Note: for this to work properly you need to use a Cross-Over network cable. 1. Connect both servers S1 and S2 on the second network slots respectively. Note that you can use the 1st slots but usually these would be occupied by the Service Provide…
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…
Finds all prime numbers in a range requested and places them in a public primes() array. I've demostrated a template size of 30 (2 * 3 * 5) but larger templates can be built such 210  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7) or 2310  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11). The larger templa…

756 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question