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Hi ! I have a weird hardware problem with my pc. Here is my configuration from dmesg: IBM i440 BX CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K CPU: ...
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    HDD making strange sounds


    Hi ! I have a weird hardware problem with my pc. Here is my configuration
    from dmesg:
    IBM i440 BX
    CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
    CPU: L2 cache: 512K
    CPU: After generic, caps: 0383fbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
    CPU: Common caps: 0383fbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
    CPU: Intel Pentium III (Katmai) stepping 03
    Memory:262132k available

    hda: IBM-DPTA-371360, ATA DISK drive
    hdb: Maxtor 6Y080L0, ATA DISK drive
    blk: queue c03a9d80, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
    blk: queue c03a9ebc, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
    hdc: CRD-8400B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
    hdc: Disabling (U)DMA for CRD-8400B
    ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
    ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
    hda: attached ide-disk driver.
    hda: host protected area => 1
    hda: 26520480 sectors (13578 MB) w/1961KiB Cache, CHS=1650/255/63, UDMA(33)
    hdb: attached ide-disk driver.
    hdb: host protected area => 1
    hdb: 160086528 sectors (81964 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=9964/255/63, UDMA(33)
    hdc: attached ide-cdrom driver.
    hdc: ATAPI 40X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache
    Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
    It is an old dual proc machine with only one proc installed...

    It has a primary master - old IBM HDD (ATA 33) and a brand new Primary slave Matrox Diamond Plus (ATA 133 )

    Anyway the computer worked fine until a week ago when I installed ATI Radeon 9200 SE and on that same day - I configured XP to use UltraDMA2 for the Maxyor HDD. From then, sometimes when I turn on my PC I hear clicking sounds (like when your hdd shuts down) which are repating fast.
    It is important to note that this happens only at boot time or at Windows XP - it NEVER happens in Slackware 9.1
    So I suspect that the error is in the way XP uses the hdd -s ? Anyway, a couple of days ago I went back to XP and changed all devices to work in PIO mode and the sound went away... until I 've heard it again at boot time...

    I don't know if I should pull out the smaller hdd and leave only the 80 gig one. ? or the grafic card although it works great ? is it ok for an ata33 and ata133 to work on the same bus ?

    Sorry for this small book Thanks.

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    I'll assume from the system specs that the drive has S.M.A.R.T. Get to your BIOS and enable this. It will check the drives for errors on boot. If it doesn't give any, you may still want to call Maxtor and see if they have a clue about the noise. You can never be too paranoid around hard drives.
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    Thanks for replying sarumont .
    I pulled out the smaller HDD and left only the Maxtor one reconfiguring to Primary Master - reinstalled XP and configured Slackware. I haven't heard that noise for 2 days... I hope everything is OK. It looks like the old HDD has some problems although I scanned it for all types of errors a week ago...
    I will check Bios for S.M.A.R.T but I think it is enabled...
    About harddisks and paranoia: everybody hates running an unstable system

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