Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 63990
DMA errors on Compaq Armada E500 cause file system corruption and data loss
Last modified: 2008-08-01 12:22:52 EDT
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Description of problem:
The default install of RH7.2 on a Compaq Armada E500 notebook (model number AE5
P3900T4X20DC12N2T) does not work with the machine's IDE disk controller. This
results in file system corruption and data loss. This issue can be fixed by
passing the ide=nodma option to the kernel at boot time.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Nothing special, beyond installation.
Actual Results: After a while programs start to crash when launched or paging
to/from disk. Changes to the file system will disappear. The ext3 filesystem
will be corrupt when the system restarts. Invalid files will be appear in the
filesystem that cannot be rm'd by root.
Disk errors are logged to /var/log/messages, but not reliably because the
filesystem is failing.
Expected Results: None of the above. The installer should detect the IDE
controller and configure the boot loader to pass the ide=nodma option to the
Passing ide=nodma to the kernel at boot time fixes the problem.
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