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Old 03-14-2004, 07:27 PM   #1
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Removable IDE Drives (Fat32)


I've got a removable IDE drive (caddy) which I'd like to see when running Linux (I can see it using Win98 on the same machine), there are few problems though:

The drive wasn't physically connected when I installed linux.
This drive fdisk configuration must remain the same as it is used on a Mackie HDR (A hard disk recording machine).

When I connect the drive this what happens:


hde: probing with STATUS(0x00) instead of ALTSTATUS(0x80)

and later:

hde: status timeout: status = 0xff {busy}
hde: drive not ready for command
ide2: reset timed-out, status = 0xff

and later:

end_request: I/O error, dev 21:00 (hde) sector 0
( same like with sector 2,4,6...30).

I can't run cfdisk whatsoever, and fdisk -l /dev/hde will give the same end_request error.

I'm running kernel 2.4.x, but if I switch to 2.2.x - everything works fine. Googling this problem, I've found that this has something to do with the fact that I'm using the sound-blaster ide controller.

Any help/hints will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Last edited by TheSwine; 03-14-2004 at 09:16 PM.
Old 03-15-2004, 01:07 AM   #2
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Ok, it seems like kernel 2.4 doesn't like the SB IDE controller. I've connected the disk to another controller and everything works fine...


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