failing disk, or not?

Bill Hacker wbh at
Tue Mar 29 11:23:31 PST 2005

George Georgalis wrote:

pci0: <unknown card> (vendor=0x10de, dev=0x00e4) at 1.1 irq 10
NVIDIA  - nForce3 250 SMBus Controller ?

Was wondering about that too... maybe it has something to do with
the flash Memory Card Reader -- which I might be taking out because
it takes up a hd slot.
I use an IDE adaptor for that - and *expect* errors when I am putting
an OS onto a CF.  They have very slow write cycle times,
(and a finite lifetime of writes - best mounted 'noatime')
But I presume yours is an empty socket at this time?

I'm puzzled:

- ata0-master claims /dev/ad0

- ata1-master claims /dev/acd0

- ata2-master claims /dev/ad4

- ata3 seems empty...

So how do we skip /dev/ad1, /dev/ad2, and /dev/ad3 to arive at /dev/ad4?

there is a cdrom drive on one of the primary or secondary ide channels,
Above, ata1 master.

an ata disk hanging outside (on the other channel) 

and the primary
disk is on an sata controler,

the flash memory slots appear as drives
(without media) as well. 
OK - w/o media they should be skipped, just as an unconnected cable 
woudl be.

The ordering in bios is default. if that helps
Mounting root from ufs:/dev/ad4s3a

You are on slice2, presumably well up in the cylinder count.
well, slice 3 if you count from 1, I'm never completely sure.
ACK.. '/dev/ad4s3a'  Mea Culpa...

I would start by disconnecting everything not essential,
see if the problem goes away - or at least changes...

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