Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 20675
i810 hard disk controller
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:29:47 EDT
I have upgraded my RedHat Linux 6.2fr to 7.0.
When I boot my PC with Linux, the controller is badly recognized, but it
works. But, when rebooting and going back to Windows, the hard disks go
very slowly. I must turn off the computer and switch it on again to
restore a proper function.
It sometimes happens with a direct boot to Windows, so it seems to be in
Lilo, but it is maybe 1% of the direct boot. As a second boot, the problem
is nearly always.
It had never happened before the installation of RedHat 6.2 + Lilo.
My computer is a Packard Bell "Club 2500c".
****** I do not know the component name *****
Passed to QA to reproduce.
hmmm ... can you attach the output from dmesg ... it should list your hard
Created attachment 5340 [details]
Result of dmesg
I do not understand why the status is still NEEDINFO. I have created an
attachement with the information required...
Thanks for your dmesg output ... your hard drives list is fairly sane, but we
have not heard other reports of folks with these drives having this problem nor
are we able to reproduce the behavior in our test lab ...
one thing to try, since you think that lilo may have something to do with the
situation. Can you make a floppy bootdisk, and then uninstall lilo from the
hard drive ...? If so, do these problems persist when you boot linux from the
floppy (and have the mbr restored to what it was before lilo) ...?
additionally, as the bug reporter, you are free to change the state of the bug
as needed, and so the reporter usually changes the bug state from needinfo when
replying with the necessary information ... sorry if that wasn't clear ... :)
I cannot restore the standard Windows 98 boot sector, because I had a crash on
my first install and the second destroyed the save file.
Maybe you could send me a procedure or a Windows program, to dump the memory
and the disk controller registers, in order to send you an image of the system.
The problem is now at every reboot.
I believe you can use a windows boot floppy with the DOS FDISK program on it,
boot this and run 'fdisk /mbr'.
This should let you reboot into windows.
It's OK. I have made a Linux floppy disk with mkbootdisk, uninstall Lilo with
lilo -u, and restored my Windows boot record with fdisk /mbr (I did not know
You can close this bug for me. But it remain that something seems not to
initialise correctly the controler. I have forwarded the problem to Packard
Bell, for a BIOS enhancement, but I have no answer...
Ok glad everything is back to normal.
Some more information about my disk controller: Even having restored the normal
Windows boot, I still have the problem (I thought it was stopped, but it still
happens). I think that the problem does not come from the Lilo boot, but either
from the i810 controller or from my BIOS. I suppose it is because my EIDE bus
is full (2 hard disks, 1 DVD and 1 CD-Writer) and, so, maybe it is not
correctly supported. You told me, in a previous message, that you could not
reproduce the problem, but maybe with this clue you can... if it has any
interest for you.