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Old 12-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Stress testing PATA data bus

On one of my older systems, I am having an intermittent hard drive problem. It usually shows up as a core dump and a message about swap error. used smartctl and the drive passed an extended self test. I am wondering if my problem lies between the microprocessor and the hard drive such as the PATA controller or possibly both drive cables I tried are dodgy.

I know there exist stress testing software for memory and the microprocessor. Is there such a program that will stress the data bus between the micro processor and the hard drive, while verifying the data integrity?
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Memtest 86 is for RAM testing if you want to run it.

For data integrity-

On some of the Rescue DVD downloads there are all kinds of tools you can use to dx problems.

I know you already used smartctl -t but there are more commands on this page.

Recently the dmesg command showed me bus error after bus error and an interface fatal error.
In addition to that a bad CRC Cycliccal Redundancy Check too.
I found out that my HDD is failing.

If there is an application to test the front bus between the processor and the drive I have not found it yet but I'm trying.
This article might give you knowledge to help your issue.

What you need is a Diagnostic Tool with Advanced Dianostic Capabilities--
Sorry I could only find the ones I think for a computer.
The ones I came across were for a car.
But like I said I tried-

Hope this helps as I gave it my best go-

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