Re: ide harddisk freeze WDC WD1800JB vs VIA VT8235

Mark Rutherford (
Wed, 01 Jan 2003 10:59:58 -0500

Q: are you using cables with a slave connector, but its not in use?
I had this problem, with this chipset and it turned out that it didnt like
a long 80 wire cable with a loose connector
I got a round cable with just 2 connectors, 1 for the board and 1 for the
never locked again.
I thought it to be strange as well.
but with my setup it happened more frequently, say once every 2-3 hours.
hope this is of any help.

Soeren Sonnenburg wrote:

> Hi.
> I still get harddisk freezes on 2 WD1800JB drives (asus A7V8X mobo),
> i.e., I have to powercycle the system to get the harddisk back working.
> A cold reset is not enough.
> The harddisks are connected to the primary and secondary via vt8235
> controller (both disks are master).
> When a harddisk 'freezes' the ide-light is continuosly on. When that
> happens the machine is still ping-able but since these two disk form a
> software raid0 the machine hangs on disk access.
> This problem happens like once in a week....and very seldom within 3
> days.
> The system is athlon xp 2.4G+ a7v8x mainboard 1.5g ddr333 memory kernel
> 2.4.21-pre2 (did not work with 2.4.20 that is why I went to the pre
> version)
> So far I have ruled out the following:
> - it is not a cable problem (tested several cables)
> - the memory of the machine seems to be ok (memtest ran for 2 days
> without reporting an error)
> - it is not a problem of the power supply (tested another powersupply)
> - the harddisk are ok ( I ran the vendors check program )
> Now it could be that the via vt8235 chipset has a bug, the linux ide
> handling code is buggy or the firmware of the drive is not ok.
> It is probably a vt8235 problem or linux driver problem since a I know
> of 8 wdc1800jb disks with that firmware version running since >1month in
> a hardware raid setup without problems.
> I attached the kernel config, dmesg, and hdparm -I of one of the drives.
> If you have any ideas/ need further infos don't hesitate to contact me.
> Thanks in advance,
> Soeren.
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> Name: dmesg
> dmesg Type: Plain Text (text/plain)
> Encoding: 7bit
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> hdparm Type: unspecified type (application/octet-stream)
> Encoding: quoted-printable

Mark Rutherford

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