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Old 06-19-2004, 12:48 AM   #1
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Serious Hard drive Concern


I'm shamefully posting this in here after no response in the hardware forum, but I thought perhaps someone else with Mandrake maybe had this problem.

I recently bought a new 40gig Toshiba HD for a Dell Inspiron 8000 I aquired. Among other things the hard disk needed replacing, thus the purchase. The drive itself is 5400rpm and has a 16mB buffer, pretty nice.

I proceeded to install WinXP on half of it and Mandrake 10.0 Official on on the other half. All good there. Here's the issue: When I shut down in WinXP the system quietly shuts down with no real noise from the HD. In Mandrake when shutting down, from either X-windows or terminal the harddrive makes a loud "Wheee" sound just as the power is cut, as if the HD had no prior idea the system was shutting down.

What's more is occasionally when turning the sytem back on I get the error "No primary drive found". (Or to that effect, I did not write it down.) Once I restart the machine everything works fine... I should mention when shutting down, it does unmount sucessfully from what I can tell.

So, what to do? Any ideas? I can make this notebook purely Windows, but would rather rack up as much time as possible in linux for experience.

Thanks,
Jeff
 
Old 06-19-2004, 02:38 AM   #2
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Can't help you, but I'll respond just to keep you company. Looks like you've stumped the forum. Congratulations - I guess.
 
Old 06-19-2004, 02:40 AM   #3
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Hmm, just a thought, but why did the harddrive need replacing? Maybe the laptop has a bad controller?
 
Old 06-19-2004, 01:04 PM   #4
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I have an inspiron 8000, with 384mB and 30gb hdd, running win2k so if you want to know any of my bios settings let me know. Incidentally, I think I am using the latest BIOS upgrade downloaded from Dell rev A23. Perhaps if you upgrade and flash your bios the problem may disappear. You should have a service tag number on the bottom of the machine that will automatically get the right updates for your machine.

HTH
 
Old 06-19-2004, 08:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I to already updated the bios.

I don't think it's the controller either because it works just peachy with windows. The original HD had to be replaced because of a faulty drive that came with it, it was an 20gig IBM Travelstar which was a well known problem HD, with many of them failing.

So I'm still stummped.
 
  


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