Re: Unpredictable behaviour of Sata in Lenny



no answers? :-(

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 11:27 AM, Mridul Manohar Mishra <
mridulmmishra@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi,
I am facing a weird problem in Lenny, till now I have been running Etch
without any problem. Two days ago I upgraded to Lenny, installation went
smooth, I was able to install Nvidia drivers properly. Everything ran OK.
But then I shutdown my system (power-off) and tried to power on again after
a couple of minutes. The system booted to Grub, I chose linux to boot into
(I have dual boot with Lenny and XP) it went until certain point and then
displayed error saying :

"Sata link is down, taking too much time to respond."
"SRST failed (error -16)."

After then it displayed
"slowing down the SATA link to 1.5 GHz "

again the same SATA errors and it left me on the prompt with initramfs
prompt.

I tried resetting my system couple of times but of no avail. Then I tried
booting into XP to see whether there is something really wrong with my
drive, I logged in to XP successfully. Re-booted the system again and this
time booted into linux and to my surprise everything ran fine.

I tried to generate the same scenario just to make sure whether it was one
off case, but it wasn't. Now if want to power on my PC, I need to boot in to
windows first and then reboot my system into linux. I can't log into Linux
from power on, directly.

I checked my BIOS to make sure if anything in BIOS is wrong, but nothing
seems wrong with my BIOS. I have 4 sata ports on my Mother Board and the
disk is connected to port number 2. I have DVD drive connected to IDE port.
My boot preference is Hard disk first ( dunno whether this information is of
any relevence).

There seems to be a problem with my Lan also, sometimes it shows limited
connectivity and to correct this also I need to boot in to windows.

I have a Intel Q660 system with Nvidia Mother board and 9600GT graphics
card. I installed the driver provided by Nvidia in Nvidia way (not the
Debian way) hope this is not the cause of the problem.

Anybody, please help me out on this in locating what the problem might be.
I want to look into the details of the problem but have got no clue where to
start with and what the cause might be.

Thanks in advance
Mridul