Lockups related to (possibly IDE issues) ?

Jamie nospam at geniegate.com
Sat Sep 9 04:00:27 PDT 2006

In <45028ba8$0$790$415eb37d at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Erik_Wikstr=F6m?= <erik-wikstrom at xxxxxxxxx> mentions:
>On 2006-09-09 06:33, Jamie wrote:
>> Totally unrelated...
>> How come Dragonfly uses vixiecron instead of Dillon Cron? :-) (I always remembered
>> you as "that cron guy" before this, the cron that does cron and ONLY cron.)
>This question came up some time ago and the answer Matt gave then was:
>     There are a bunch of things that vixie cron does that dcron does
>     not, like deal with environment variables and execute-on-startup
>     directives in the crontab and TZ overrides.  If someone wants to
>     work on those items, and whatever else is missing, then I wouldn't
>     mine replacing it.  But I don't have time to work on it myself.

This is kind of funny, the thing I liked about Dillon's cron was exactly
that it did NOT do all these things. Just ran cron, no more, no less.


Here was the problem for anyone else with the same headache:


Block Mode needs to be set to Disable 
UDMA needs to be set to Disable.

Neither of these two things by themselves would produce a consistant lockup.
(whats more, I have no idea how they were set that way)

The partition size wasn't related in any way. 

Wish I knew of a good source of info for what BIOS settings mean, I have a 
general idea, but nothing in depth. 

Invitation is still open for any developer if they want a machine to toast for awhile,
I don't know if it'd be helpful or not. If I don't hear from anyone, I'll start setting 
it up.

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