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Sunday, May 16th, 2004
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So, yesterday was a really big day, I mean in terms of me being awake for a lot of it. Had my philosophy final at 8:00AM, which wasn't too bad. Then nothing happened. And after that it was Collin's 22nd birthday, which was the rest of the night, and also a good time. So anyway, I had atlas (my linux workstation) set up to record MPT while I was out--Red Dwarf and Doctor Who. I checked it out this morning, and it was unplayable. How weird. Not even identifiable as a quicktime file. That's a shame.

So later on this afternoon, I was watching an episode of "The Office" I recently downloaded, which stopped abruptly near the end. And didn't let go. I could not kill the MPlayer process that was stuck on it. Hmm, this is starting to get suspicious. Let's have a look at the logs:

May 16 00:30:59 atlas kernel: ide0: reset: success
May 16 00:30:59 atlas kernel: hdb: set_geometry_intr: status=0x61 { DriveReady DeviceFault Error }
May 16 00:30:59 atlas kernel: hdb: set_geometry_intr: error=0x04 { DriveStatusError }
May 16 00:30:59 atlas kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev hdb, sector 63
May 16 00:30:59 atlas kernel: XFS: device hdb1- XFS write error in file system meta-data block 0x0 in hdb1


Oh dear, that's no good. I got the diagnostic utility from WD's website. Oh, what a joy this was to extract on a machine with no Windows and no floppy drive. I had to use VMWare to run the windows executable that absolutely had to write to a floppy, which VMWare emulated as a blank floppy image. Then I could take that and burn it to CD. Run the thing. And wait in agony as it takes *forever* to initialize the "quick test." After what seems like dozens of minutes, it finally runs the quick test. Which actually is quick. And which my drive fails.

Thankfully, I only use this hard drive for storing movies and vmware and iso images. So, nothing really important is at risk. Never the less, I've got it all copying over to the copious amounts of free disk space on parabellum (my windows machine). I already have an RMA filed for the disk, and I'll send it back tomorrow.

This thing is making me think I probably should buy more disks and set up a RAID. If I got one more, I could use it for parity data. RAID-5, I think? Then I'd have to get a SCSI cd burner so I'd have space on my IDE bus. And then I wonder how that would affect performance. And that's when I remember the reason I never bothered with it in the first place.

So that's what has occupied my mind today. Heh
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2004-05-17 04:52 am (UTC)
OK I understood kernal, and some bits here and there. :D

Have fun then I take it? ;D
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-05-17 05:13 am (UTC)

Keyboard Entry Read, Network, And Link!

Only Commodore machines have a KERNAL ;)

And yes, I did have fun playing city of heroes while nervously considering the fate of my hard drives while the diagnostic ran :P
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