hdd: Drive not ready for command
- From: "Calab" <myspam@xxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 20:45:18 GMT
I have a debian Lenny server than has been operating well for the past few
months. This machine sits quietly in the basement, so I've never had the
need to install xwindows on it.
Many times, when I'm not local to the LAN, I need to manage large numbers of
files on this server. Working with large numbers of files is easier through
a graphical interface than the command line. I've been using RDP to connect
to a local Windows PC, then working with the files through Samba shares.
Today, I decided to install xwindows and KDE. My thoughts were that I could
connect via SSH to the Linux server and run Cygwin (or xMing) on my
workstationg and work directly on the server.
So, I SSH'd into the Linux box, ran aptitude and selected "kde". I then
started the install and walked away. A short time later I noticed that the
Linux server was no longer reachable. Checking on the progress of aptitude I
find the last action was "Setting up libkdeedu3 (4:3.5.8-1)". After this is
"Message from syslog@debian at Wed Feb 6 06:22:3 2008 ... debian kernel:
Disabling IRQ #20"
At this point I can't ping the Linux server, or connect to any services on
it. I go downstairs, turn on the monitor and all I see scrolling up the
screen is "hdd: Drive not ready for command". I cannot interrupt the process
with ^c or ^z... Even C-A-D does not work. If I try and spawn a new session
with Alt-Fx I end up getting an error: 'Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled
for 5 minutes'
At this point my only option seems to be to hit the power button.
System is a 2.6Ghz P4 with 1gig of memory. There are five 500gig drives,
with partitions on each set up as a RAID5 array. I do not want to corrupt my
data on this RAID array, so haven't powered the machine down.
So, what did I do? How can I stop it and get the system running properly
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