Re: 2.5.44 fs corruption

From: Jose Luis Domingo Lopez (
Date: Wed Oct 23 2002 - 16:08:08 EST

On Wednesday, 23 October 2002, at 16:13:52 +0100,
Chris Newland wrote:

> A good way to test if the problem has gone is to try to 'dd' the contents of
> an entire partition into /dev/null. This used to have a 100% lockup rate
> when I had the problem.
> dd if=/dev/hda5 of=/dev/null bs=1048576
As a side note to this thread, I suffered for months similar lockups
with a VIA KT266A based motherboard for my AMD Athlon XP1700+. As it was
really obvious the problem was hardware (BIOS probably) related, I didn't
bothered the list.

In my case (Soltek SL-75DRV2), a "dd" as the above didn't locked up the
machin (at least, not always), but chances of locking up increased
dramatically if at the same time I had "xawtv" (or another TV tuner
program for video4linux compatible cards). As a TV station pumps in the
order of several MB/s to the PCI bus, plus another ~ 40 MB/s of
sustained read rates from the IDE ATA100 disk, somehow a bug in the
BIOS/southbridge was more obvious.

Fortunately the motherboard crashed, and I got a replacement from the
same manufacturer, but a newer model, namely a SL-75DRV5 (VIA KT333
based if I remember correctly), with a completely different BIOS version
number. And since then (10+ days) no lockups, even under high stress.

Hope this experience helps others with their (maybe hardware caused)
locks in Linux (when the box hangs, and you have no idea why, you even
end up blaming Linux :).

Jose Luis Domingo Lopez
Linux Registered User #189436     Debian Linux Woody (Linux 2.4.19-pre6aa1)
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