Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 119875
ext3 I/O errors on /dev/hda when computer idled playing sound
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:39 EST
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Description of problem:
If I let my computer idle, just playing music (using Rhythmbox or
Totem), after a while (around 5 minutes) the music stops and the hard
drive LED starts blinking and never stops. The computer doesn't answer
to pings anymore and nothing moves on the screen...
If I switch to virtual screen #1 before letting the computer idle, I
can see, when the problem occurs, that I get a lot of I/O errors when
trying to read from /dev/hda1.
I'm not sure it's kernel-related but I assumed a bug with EXT3...
Or maybe my hard drive is simply broken...
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Launch some music
2.Go for a walk (around 5 minutes)
Actual Results: The hard drive LED is blinking, and the computer is
unusable (X doesn't answer, pings don't answer, sound stopped). You
have to un-plug it.
Expected Results: It should go on working.
If I let the computer idle all night long without any music, the
proble doesn't occur, though I fail to see the relation with music.
I could reproduce this bug using FC1's kernel 2.4 and FC2 test2's
kernel 2.6, using ALSA and OSS. I never had this problem with Red Hat 9.
Since I filed this bug report, I enabled the screensaver (I had
disabled it because I didn't want it to start when watching movies).
Now that the screensaver is enabled (starting after 5 minutes of
inactivity), I can't reproduce this bug at all.
That said, I also performed all the upgrades up2date made me aware of
I've disabled the screensaver again, and everything seems to be OK. I
couldn't reproduce the bug anymore.
So I guess it has been fixed in one of the updates.