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  • Tyan S2735-8M motherboard/Rackable Systems 1u Server 100mbit NIC not working even when enabled in the BIOS


    I tried everything I could think of, and of course even with the NIC enabled in the BIOS nothing was working.  The light would flash when you plugin the cable for a second, but that's all.

    Due to another issue I'm about to post about (server is not compatible with 1TB/1000Gig Hard Drives), I updated the BIOS.  I didn't even know the 100mbit NICs were not working until I decided I should test each NIC one by one.

    I noticed that only 1 server out of the stack I have had a working 100mbit NIC.  I was thinking what are the chances of this and how could all of the 100mbit NICs be bad?  Then I realized 1 server actually worked with the 100mbit NIC and it turned out that was the one I got the latest BIOS update for.

    So if you have a Tyan 2735-8M motherboard and the 100mbit NIC is not working, update your BIOS (upgrades available from the Tyan website) and you'll be good to go.

    I guess this probably goes for other Tyan motherboards and even motherboards from mother manufacturers.  It is a bit ridiculous though that in the original firmware they made such an oversight that the 100mbit NIC doesn't even work.  This must have caused many sysadmins/IT techs headaches, headscratching and frustration.


  • Tyan S2735-8M Maximum Hard Drive Limit/Not Working/Doesn't work with 1TB 1000GB hard drives


    I never saved any of the logs, but basically no matter what OS (Linux) I used, I could not get my 1000GB hard drive to work (Seagate SATA).  The BIOS recognizes the drive and fdisk -l shows the hard drive as it should.

    The tricky thing is that different OS's will give you different results, but don't be fooled.  You can't use these larger drives for long.  I was getting all kinds of seek/IO errors and also messages that the port could not be read.

    In one custom kernel I had, what would happen is that after attempting to format a 900GB partition, the whole drive became invisible and inaccessible to the kernel (if you attempt to format a smaller amount it might work, but make no mistake it will be unstable and the symptoms I describe will invetiably happen at some point and fortunately I discovered it before putting these into production again).  An fdisk -l would only show the 500GB drive and not the 1000GB drive.  Updating the BIOS to Tyan's latest did not help either.

    In Centos 5.3 the symptoms I had were the same messages, but a worse effect.  After the I/O errors it caused both SATA ports to become unusable at that point, so you couldn't run any command on your server until you reboot.  I'm sure this is a limitation of the BIOS or SATA chipset and I don't see any work around, this is either a BIOS or SATA chipset issue and I doubt Tyan has any plans for an update (considering the last update was in 2005). I hope this saves someone else the trouble, hassle and headache.

    I know for sure 500GB Seagate drives work, since this is what I have in them.  I'm not sure if 750GB would work since I don't have any of those drives around.


  • Hard Drive Not Working/Not Detected By Your BIOS Anymore?


    I was starting to panic because suddenly my 1TB Seagate SATA drive wasn't working, I thought it was a BIOS issue because it seemed to have happened after I tried overclocking my Desktop too much.

    I tried powering down and waiting, but I still couldn't hear the drive spin up at all.  I tried a second 1TB hard drive and it wouldn't work either.  I checked all power connections again and again until one of the pins in the MOLEX connector popped completely loose.

    This was a small problem but who knows how long one could troubleshoot not knowing it is the connector ? It looked fine until I moved it by accident and the pin moved completely out of the socket.

    I guess if a drive is not being detected I always remember this and to ensure the pins in any MOLEX are good.  It's a relief and a big embarassment that the problem with my 1TB Seagate SATA drive was just because of 1 loose pin on the MOLEX power connector.


  • The power of passive vs air cooling. Small fans make a world of difference.


    I bought a Dynatron A46G for my AMD X4 620 AM3 Quad Core CPU.  Just judging by touch, the stock OEM fan/heatsink combo kept things so cool, I could leave the 1U server on the floor and it barely felt warm to the touch, including the heatsink itself.

    I thought the Dynatron A46G would be enough with passive cooling (it has no fan), but the same setup became burning hot on the underside of the server and also by touching the heatsink itself within minutes.

    I thought that the Dynatron A46G wasn't doing a good job and thought the stock heatsink without a fan (disconnected) would be better.  I was wrong and got the same results with the stock heatsink, it's amazing how a tiny fan adds so much extra cooling.

    Now I need to find another solution or find a way to get more airflow via a small 40MM exhaust fan and see if that helps with the A46G.


  • SATA Power cable for 1U Server Solutions - Rosewill 8" SATA Power Cable Model RC-8"-PW-4P-2SA


    NewEgg is one of the few companies that stocks this great right angle 1U SATA power cable. I've purchased some no-name ones and they face the wrong way (towards the bottom of the chassis) which makes it worse/impossible than standard SATA connectors.

    The price is high but if you're building a 1U server and want SATA disks and don't have much space (eg. the 1U Supermicro cases) then these are simply a must and worth the money you pay.  On the other hand I've found it very easy to find proper 1U right angle SATA cables, but the power has always been the annoying and tricky thing.


  • Wireless/xmit power - DD-WRT v23 SP2 (09/15/06) std - build 3932 Linksys WRT54G/GL/GS


    I played around with xmit power (how much power in mW) to see if I could increase the range and signal strength.  I don't think this Linksys WRT54G's strength is the wireless, it seems to have poor signal quality and transfer rates all around.

    I think part of the problem is also that there are several wireless networks around my house that could be interfering and the walls are thick here.

    Anyaway, moving on now :)  The default is 28mW and I increased it to 50mW and things improved slightly but I still didn't feel the signal strength was consistent enough on my iPhone (then again it is the iPhone and the WiFi is not especially great on it to to begin with).

    Then I cranked it up to 70mW and as some said, higher power levels actually decreased my signal strength and throughput.  I couldn't even ping the gateway most of the time, so I lowered the setting to 60mW.

    I've found 60 to be a great choice.  I really think it's time to upgrade/change my router to one that is known to have a stronger signal in general.   I just don't feel that the wireless in the WRT54G is very strong to begin with.

    I imagine if I find a better router that turning up the xmit power would do a lot more, but at any rate, there's always a certain power level you hit where the signal strength and quality actually gets worse.  The other issue to remember is that high power levels could reduce the life of the router by generating a lot more heat.

    I've read people talking about using 200+ mW for distances over a number of kilometers, however I have no idea how true that is but I'd be interested to test that theory if I ever got the chance.  One thing for sure is that if you crank up the power that high you better have extra cooling such as an external fan or even a small 40MM fan inside the enclosure itself to cool things off.


  • Compaq V2405CA Laptop - Unixbench Performance Test


    Here are the results, it is Sempron 3000+ AMD Mobile, 500Gig HDD, 512MB RAM with shared ATI Radeon graphics.

     


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       #    #  # #  #  #    ##            #####   #####   # #  #  #       ######
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        ####   #    #  #  #    #          #####   ######  #    #   ####   #    #

                     4        1           Based on the Byte Magazine Unix Benchmark
                    44       11
       v   v       4 4        1
        v v       44444       1           v4.1 revisions mostly by David C. Niemi,
         v           4   o   111 - WHT.2  Reston, VA, USA  <niemi@tux.org>

    WHT Variant by Andy A. Lee <andylee@dslextreme.com>
    See: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=308055

    file: could not find any magic files!

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables  1 2

    Double-Precision Whetstone  1 2

    Execl Throughput  1

    Filesystem Throughput 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks  1

    Filesystem Throughput 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks  1

    Filesystem Throughput 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks  1

    Pipe Throughput  1 2

    Pipe-based Context Switching  1 2

    Process Creation  1

    System Call Overhead  1 2

    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)  1

    ==============================================================
    BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 4.1-wht.2)
    System -- Linux (none) 2.6.24.2 #74 SMP Sat Mar 13 21:59:12 PST 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
    /dev/hda1             39062012   6812716  32249296  18% /hdd

    Start Benchmark Run: Fri Jan 22 20:58:54 PST 2010
     20:58:54 up 1 day, 10:39,  2 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.07, 0.15

    End Benchmark Run: Fri Jan 22 21:10:18 PST 2010
     21:10:18 up 1 day, 10:50,  2 users,  load average: 20.59, 7.34, 3.08


                         INDEX VALUES
    TEST                                        BASELINE     RESULT      INDEX

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables        376783.7  1336670.2       35.5
    Double-Precision Whetstone                      83.1      416.6       50.1
    Execl Throughput                               188.3      752.5       40.0
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks         2672.0      929.0        3.5
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           1077.0      238.0        2.2
    File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        15382.0   153085.0       99.5
    Pipe Throughput                             111814.6   234163.0       20.9
    Pipe-based Context Switching                 15448.6    75000.3       48.5
    Process Creation                               569.3     3029.2       53.2
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                    44.8      168.5       37.6
    System Call Overhead                        114433.5   395446.2       34.6
                                                                     =========
         FINAL SCORE                                                      26.1

     

     

     

    cat /proc/cpuinfo
    processor       : 0
    vendor_id       : AuthenticAMD
    cpu family      : 15
    model           : 44
    model name      : Mobile AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3000+
    stepping        : 2
    cpu MHz         : 1790.873
    cache size      : 128 KB
    fdiv_bug        : no
    hlt_bug         : no
    f00f_bug        : no
    coma_bug        : no
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 1
    wp              : yes
    flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt 3dnowext 3dnow up pni lahf_lm ts fid vid ttp tm stc
    bogomips        : 3585.64
    clflush size    : 64

    lspci
    0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 01)
    0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
    0000:00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller
    0000:00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller
    0000:00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller
    0000:00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller (rev 11)
    0000:00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 IDE Controller
    0000:00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-ISA Bridge
    0000:00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-PCI Bridge
    0000:00:14.5 Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
    0000:00:14.6 Modem: ATI Technologies Inc SB400 AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
    0000:00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    0000:00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    0000:00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    0000:00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    0000:01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE)
    0000:05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
    0000:05:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    0000:05:09.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller

    It actually has 512MB of RAM but 128MB is taken up as virtual video memory.

     

    cat /proc/meminfo
    MemTotal:       378324 kB
    MemFree:          5168 kB
    Buffers:        146400 kB
    Cached:         198936 kB
    SwapCached:          0 kB
    Active:          33704 kB
    Inactive:       317196 kB
    HighTotal:           0 kB
    HighFree:            0 kB
    LowTotal:       378324 kB
    LowFree:          5168 kB
    SwapTotal:           0 kB
    SwapFree:            0 kB
    Dirty:              60 kB
    Writeback:           0 kB
    AnonPages:        5564 kB
    Mapped:           5036 kB
    Slab:            18456 kB
    SReclaimable:    14848 kB
    SUnreclaim:       3608 kB
    PageTables:        240 kB
    NFS_Unstable:        0 kB
    Bounce:              0 kB
    CommitLimit:    189160 kB
    Committed_AS:    12132 kB
    VmallocTotal:   638968 kB
    VmallocUsed:      1800 kB
    VmallocChunk:   637168 kB
    HugePages_Total:     0
    HugePages_Free:      0
    HugePages_Rsvd:      0
    HugePages_Surp:      0
    Hugepagesize:     4096 kB

     

    Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hda1   *           1        4863    39062016    7  HPFS/NTFS

     

    I can't be 100% sure on the disk performance results since this the filesystem is NTFS-3G and I don't know how far off it is from native performance.

     


  • Windows XP How To Edit/Find Recent Documents and "File -> New" Templates to create New Word Document, Text/Notepad, Excel etc...


    All you have to do is browse to:

     

    C:Documents & SettingsYourUserName and you'll see the following:

     

    • Inside "My Recent Documents" are of course shortcuts to the most recent documents you opened
    • Inside "SendTo" is your sendto, you could edit that to Send a file to a network destination, your Flash Drive etc..
    • Inside "Start Menu" is everything in your Start Menu of course.
    • Inside "Templates" is where you find the shortcuts inside "Right click". File -> New

    This is useful because for whatever reason you may want to edit items in those folders for various reasons.

     


  • Seagate 7200.11 firmware defect in 500GB, 1000GB (1TB) and 1500GB (1.5TB) Hard Drives


    Seagate Inventory/Firmware Check

    I heard about this issue a long time ago but never looked into it.  I figured I wasn't affected since my 500GB drives were running for so long.  I've been using Seagate's since 2002 and to this day all of the drives I have are alive from Seagate.

    *Update the bad news is that I realize one of my 500GB's is about to die, it's not even a year old, but is also not affected by the recall according to Seagate!

    Seagate Inventory/Firmware Check

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Device Model:     ST3500820AS
    Serial Number:    5QM05L23
    Firmware Version: SD14
    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes
    Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
    ATA Version is:   7
    ATA Standard is:  Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 20 04:59:22 2010 PDT
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 634) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        ( 106) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   114   099   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       67367367
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   094   094   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       52
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       2
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   068   051   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       81705593292
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   077   077   000    Old_age   Always       -       20550
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   037   020    Old_age   Always       -       52
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   090   000    Old_age   Always       -       68
    189 Unknown_Attribute       0x003a   097   097   000    Old_age   Always       -       3
    190 Unknown_Attribute       0x0022   067   050   045    Old_age   Always       -       622460961
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   033   050   000    Old_age   Always       -       33 (Lifetime Min/Max 0/21)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   054   026   000    Old_age   Always       -       67367367
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.


    -----------

    smartctl -a /dev/sdb
    smartctl version 5.33 [x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-4 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Device Model:     ST3500320AS
    Serial Number:    5QM0438P
    Firmware Version: AD14
    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes
    Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  Not recognized. Minor revision code: 0x29
    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 20 05:00:12 2010 PDT
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 634) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        ( 118) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   115   099   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       84286211
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   094   094   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       19
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       2
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   069   060   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       30138716573
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   078   078   000    Old_age   Always       -       19573
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       19
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    189 Unknown_Attribute       0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Unknown_Attribute       0x0022   067   048   045    Old_age   Always       -       639303713
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   033   052   000    Old_age   Always       -       33 (Lifetime Min/Max 0/23)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   019   015   000    Old_age   Always       -       84286211
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

    -------------------------

    smartctl version 5.38 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Model Family:     Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
    Device Model:     ST3500320AS
    Serial Number:    5QM3RH4S
    Firmware Version: SD15
    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes
    Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 20 20:13:11 2010 CST
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 642) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        ( 119) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
    SCT capabilities:              (0x103b) SCT Status supported.
                                            SCT Feature Control supported.
                                            SCT Data Table supported.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   103   097   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       47362968
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   095   094   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       34
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       8
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   072   060   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       4310076883
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   091   091   000    Old_age   Always       -       8272
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       1
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       34
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   063   054   045    Old_age   Always       -       37 (Lifetime Min/Max 31/39)
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   037   046   000    Old_age   Always       -       37 (0 22 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   022   022   000    Old_age   Always       -       47362968
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       1
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       1
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.
    ----------------------

    smartctl -a /dev/sda
    smartctl version 5.38 [i686-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Device Model:     ST3500418AS
    Serial Number:    6VM6QB1V
    Firmware Version: CC37
    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes
    Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 20 05:33:19 2010 PDT
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 592) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (  82) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
    SCT capabilities:              (0x103f) SCT Status supported.
                                            SCT Feature Control supported.
                                            SCT Data Table supported.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   119   100   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       218021758
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   097   097   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       37
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   056   050   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       120273167939
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   096   096   000    Old_age   Always       -       3718
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       18
    183 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   096   000    Old_age   Always       -       20
    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   075   065   045    Old_age   Always       -       25 (Lifetime Min/Max 22/28)
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   025   040   000    Old_age   Always       -       25 (0 18 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   023   021   000    Old_age   Always       -       218021758
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    240 Head_Flying_Hours       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       233946868616869
    241 Unknown_Attribute       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       489393355
    242 Unknown_Attribute       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       22729674

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

    -------------------------------

    smartctl -a /dev/sda
    smartctl version 5.38 [i686-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Device Model:     ST3500418AS
    Serial Number:    6VM6QB1V
    Firmware Version: CC37
    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes
    Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 20 05:33:19 2010 PDT
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 592) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (  82) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
    SCT capabilities:              (0x103f) SCT Status supported.
                                            SCT Feature Control supported.
                                            SCT Data Table supported.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   119   100   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       218021758
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   097   097   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       37
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   056   050   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       120273167939
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   096   096   000    Old_age   Always       -       3718
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       18
    183 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   096   000    Old_age   Always       -       20
    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   075   065   045    Old_age   Always       -       25 (Lifetime Min/Max 22/28)
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   025   040   000    Old_age   Always       -       25 (0 18 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   023   021   000    Old_age   Always       -       218021758
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    240 Head_Flying_Hours       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       233946868616869
    241 Unknown_Attribute       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       489393355
    242 Unknown_Attribute       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       22729674

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.




    smartctl version 5.38 [i686-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Model Family:     Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
    Device Model:     ST3500320AS
    Serial Number:    5QM3LJXS
    Firmware Version: SD15
    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes
    Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 20 05:30:39 2010 PDT
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: FAILED!
    Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.
    See vendor-specific Attribute list for failed Attributes.

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 634) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        ( 113) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
    SCT capabilities:              (0x103b) SCT Status supported.
                                            SCT Feature Control supported.
                                            SCT Data Table supported.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   114   100   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       73470535
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   094   094   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       51
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   029   029   030    Pre-fail  Always   FAILING_NOW 62435953745688
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   096   096   000    Old_age   Always       -       3736
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       1
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       51
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   099   000    Old_age   Always       -       7
    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   074   062   045    Old_age   Always       -       26 (Lifetime Min/Max 21/29)
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   026   040   000    Old_age   Always       -       26 (0 19 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   022   022   000    Old_age   Always       -       73470535
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

    ----------------------

    smartctl version 5.38 [i686-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Device Model:     ST3500418AS
    Serial Number:    6VM73A92
    Firmware Version: CC37
    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes
    Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is:    Mon Apr 19 22:12:39 2010 PDT
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 592) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (  84) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
    SCT capabilities:              (0x103f) SCT Status supported.
                                            SCT Feature Control supported.
                                            SCT Data Table supported.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   114   100   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       61460953
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   097   097   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       34
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   058   053   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       51549005329
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   096   096   000    Old_age   Always       -       3723
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       17
    183 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   097   000    Old_age   Always       -       21
    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   076   061   045    Old_age   Always       -       24 (Lifetime Min/Max 21/27)
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   024   040   000    Old_age   Always       -       24 (0 18 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   018   018   000    Old_age   Always       -       61460953
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    240 Head_Flying_Hours       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       262547055840950
    241 Unknown_Attribute       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       550274327
    242 Unknown_Attribute       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       11295433

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.
    =======================
    1TB drives

    Device: ATA      ST31000520AS     Version: CC32
    Serial number:             6VX0DJGE
    Device type: disk
    Local Time is: Mon Apr 19 21:10:57 2010 PDT
    Device does not support SMART

    Error Counter logging not supported

    [GLTSD (Global Logging Target Save Disable) set. Enable Save with '-S on']
    Device does not support Self Test logging
    -bash-3.1# smartctl -a /dev/sdb
    smartctl version 5.36 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    Device: ATA      ST31000520AS     Version: CC32
    Serial number:             6VX0DYCN
    Device type: disk
    Local Time is: Mon Apr 19 21:11:05 2010 PDT
    Device does not support SMART

    Error Counter logging not supported

    [GLTSD (Global Logging Target Save Disable) set. Enable Save with '-S on']
    Device does not support Self Test logging
    -bash-3.1# smartctl -a /dev/sddsmartctl version 5.38 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Model Family:     Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
    Device Model:     ST31000340AS
    Serial Number:    6QJ02P1E
    Firmware Version: SD15
    User Capacity:    1,000,204,886,016 bytes
    Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
    ATA Version is:   8
    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 20 05:06:45 2010 PDT
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                            was completed without error.
                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed
                                            without error or no self-test has ever
                                            been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection:                 ( 642) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                            command.
                                            Offline surface scan supported.
                                            Self-test supported.
                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                            Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                            power-saving mode.
                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                            General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        ( 233) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
    SCT capabilities:              (0x103b) SCT Status supported.
                                            SCT Feature Control supported.
                                            SCT Data Table supported.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   117   099   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       146967665
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   098   098   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       2
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       87
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   080   060   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       4401858806
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   090   090   000    Old_age   Always       -       9062
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       13
    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       8
    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   059   049   045    Old_age   Always       -       41 (Lifetime Min/Max 35/46)
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   041   051   000    Old_age   Always       -       41 (0 35 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   033   015   000    Old_age   Always       -       146967665
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
        1        0        0  Not_testing
        2        0        0  Not_testing
        3        0        0  Not_testing
        4        0        0  Not_testing
        5        0        0  Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.
    smartctl version 5.36 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce Allen
    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    Device: ATA      ST31000333AS     Version: CC1F
    Serial number:             9TE0840X
    Device type: disk
    Local Time is: Mon Apr 19 21:11:07 2010 PDT
    Device does not support SMART

    Error Counter logging not supported

    [GLTSD (Global Logging Target Save Disable) set. Enable Save with '-S on']
    Device does not support Self Test logging

    -----------------------------

    You can use Seagate's tool to check if your serial number is affected.  My drives have been working for as long as 4 years now so I don't think they are affected.

    http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931

    Results of any of the 7200.11 (the ones I read have the defect):
    It's

    SNo      Serial number      Result      Action
    1     6QJ02P1E     No download available for this serial number.     No action required.
    2     5QM3RH4S     No download available for this serial number.     No action required.
    3     5QM3LJXS     No download available for this serial number.     No action required.
    4     9TE0840X     No download available for this serial number.     No action required.
    5     6VX0DYCN     No download available for this serial number.     No action required.
    6     6VX0DJGE     No download available for this serial number.     No action required.
                  &


  • Seagate Drive 500GB Drive Dying


    This drive is clearly on the way out, the Kernel knows it but I'm surprised that SMART is not concerned.  I didn't blame Seagate for their past issues until now.  This hard drive has hardly been used and has not even been powered on for a year according to SMART.

    Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/



    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===


    Model Family:     Seagate Barracuda 7200.11


    Device Model:     ST3500320AS


    Serial Number:    5QM3RH4S


    Firmware Version: SD15


    User Capacity:    500,107,862,016 bytes


    Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]


    ATA Version is:   8


    ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4


    Local Time is:    Tue Apr 27 18:31:16 2010 CST


    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.


    SMART support is: Enabled



    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===


    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED



    General SMART Values:


    Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity


                                            was completed without error.


                                            Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.


    Self-test execution status:      (   0) The previous self-test routine completed


                                            without error or no self-test has ever


                                            been run.


    Total time to complete Offline


    data collection:                 ( 642) seconds.


    Offline data collection


    capabilities:                    (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.


                                            Auto Offline data collection on/off support.


                                            Suspend Offline collection upon new


                                            command.


                                            Offline surface scan supported.


                                            Self-test supported.


                                            Conveyance Self-test supported.


                                            Selective Self-test supported.


    SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering


                                            power-saving mode.


                                            Supports SMART auto save timer.


    Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.


                                            General Purpose Logging supported.


    Short self-test routine


    recommended polling time:        (   1) minutes.


    Extended self-test routine


    recommended polling time:        ( 119) minutes.


    Conveyance self-test routine


    recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.


    SCT capabilities:              (0x103b) SCT Status supported.


                                            SCT Feature Control supported.


                                            SCT Data Table supported.



    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10


    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:


    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE


      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   092   091   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       84752670


      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   095   094   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0


      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       34


      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       12


      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   072   060   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       4310322760


      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   091   091   000    Old_age   Always       -       8439


     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       1


     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       34


    184 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0


    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   001   001   000    Old_age   Always       -       155


    188 Unknown_Attribute       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0


    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0


    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   065   054   045    Old_age   Always       -       35 (Lifetime Min/Max 31/39)


    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   035   046   000    Old_age   Always       -       35 (0 22 0 0)


    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   025   022   000    Old_age   Always       -       84752670


    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       3


    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       3


    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0



    SMART Error Log Version: 1


    ATA Error Count: 155 (device log contains only the most recent five errors)


            CR = Command Register [HEX]


            FR = Features Register [HEX]


            SC = Sector Count Register [HEX]


            SN = Sector Number Register [HEX]


            CL = Cylinder Low Register [HEX]


            CH = Cylinder High Register [HEX]


            DH = Device/Head Register [HEX]


            DC = Device Command Register [HEX]


            ER = Error register [HEX]


            ST = Status register [HEX]


    Powered_Up_Time is measured from power on, and printed as


    DDd+hh:mm:SS.sss where DD=days, hh=hours, mm=minutes,


    SS=sec, and sss=millisec. It "wraps" after 49.710 days.



    Error 155 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 8438 hours (351 days + 14 hours)


      When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.



      After command completion occurred, registers were:


      ER ST SC SN CL CH DH


      -- -- -- -- -- -- --


      40 51 00 ff ff ff 0f  Error: UNC at LBA = 0x0fffffff = 268435455



      Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:


      CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC   Powered_Up_Time  Command/Feature_Name


      -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ----------------  --------------------


      25 00 08 ff ff ff ef 00  39d+13:58:44.908  READ DMA EXT


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:44.908  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT


      ec 00 00 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:44.900  IDENTIFY DEVICE


      ef 03 46 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:44.894  SET FEATURES [Set transfer mode]


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:44.876  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT



    Error 154 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 8438 hours (351 days + 14 hours)


      When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.



      After command completion occurred, registers were:


      ER ST SC SN CL CH DH


      -- -- -- -- -- -- --


      40 51 00 ff ff ff 0f  Error: UNC at LBA = 0x0fffffff = 268435455



      Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:


      CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC   Powered_Up_Time  Command/Feature_Name


      -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ----------------  --------------------


      25 00 08 ff ff ff ef 00  39d+13:58:41.953  READ DMA EXT


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:41.953  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT


      ec 00 00 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:41.945  IDENTIFY DEVICE


      ef 03 46 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:41.937  SET FEATURES [Set transfer mode]


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:41.920  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT



    Error 153 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 8438 hours (351 days + 14 hours)


      When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.



      After command completion occurred, registers were:


      ER ST SC SN CL CH DH


      -- -- -- -- -- -- --


      40 51 00 ff ff ff 0f  Error: UNC at LBA = 0x0fffffff = 268435455



      Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:


      CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC   Powered_Up_Time  Command/Feature_Name


      -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ----------------  --------------------


      25 00 08 ff ff ff ef 00  39d+13:58:38.968  READ DMA EXT


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:38.968  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT


      ec 00 00 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:38.960  IDENTIFY DEVICE


      ef 03 46 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:38.955  SET FEATURES [Set transfer mode]


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:38.940  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT



    Error 152 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 8438 hours (351 days + 14 hours)


      When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.



      After command completion occurred, registers were:


      ER ST SC SN CL CH DH


      -- -- -- -- -- -- --


      40 51 00 ff ff ff 0f  Error: UNC at LBA = 0x0fffffff = 268435455



      Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:


      CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC   Powered_Up_Time  Command/Feature_Name


      -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ----------------  --------------------


      25 00 08 ff ff ff ef 00  39d+13:58:36.004  READ DMA EXT


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:36.004  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT


      ec 00 00 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:35.996  IDENTIFY DEVICE


      ef 03 46 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:35.990  SET FEATURES [Set transfer mode]


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:35.972  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT



    Error 151 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 8438 hours (351 days + 14 hours)


      When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.



      After command completion occurred, registers were:


      ER ST SC SN CL CH DH


      -- -- -- -- -- -- --


      40 51 00 ff ff ff 0f  Error: UNC at LBA = 0x0fffffff = 268435455



      Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:


      CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC   Powered_Up_Time  Command/Feature_Name


      -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ----------------  --------------------


      25 00 08 ff ff ff ef 00  39d+13:58:33.057  READ DMA EXT


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:33.056  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT


      ec 00 00 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:33.048  IDENTIFY DEVICE


      ef 03 46 00 00 00 a0 00  39d+13:58:33.042  SET FEATURES [Set transfer mode]


      27 00 00 00 00 00 e0 00  39d+13:58:33.020  READ NATIVE MAX ADDRESS EXT



    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1


    No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]




    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1


     SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS


        1        0        0  Not_testing


        2        0        0  Not_testing


        3        0        0  Not_testing


        4        0        0  Not_testing


        5        0        0  Not_testing


    Selective self-test flags (0x0):


      After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.


    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.


     

    [12010157.076691] ata4: EH complete
    [12010159.892018] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010159.892037] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010159.892051] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010159.892067]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010159.892090] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010159.892096] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010160.008647] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010160.008682] ata4: EH complete
    [12010162.832340] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010162.832359] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010162.832372] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010162.832388]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010162.832411] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010162.832417] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010162.940647] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010162.940688] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE,SUGGEST_OK
    [12010162.940698] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
    [12010162.940711] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
    [12010162.940717]         72 03 11 04 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
    [12010162.940739]         21 f9 0f 5f
    [12010162.940748] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
    [12010162.940761] end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 569970527
    [12010162.940810] ata4: EH complete
    [12010162.940968] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    [12010162.941033] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [12010162.941040] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
    [12010162.941136] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    [12010162.941221] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    [12010162.941267] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [12010162.941275] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
    [12010162.941357] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    [12010165.822575] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010165.822593] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010165.822606] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010165.822622]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010165.822646] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010165.822651] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010165.933661] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010165.933692] ata4: EH complete
    [12010168.754513] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010168.754531] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010168.754544] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010168.754560]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010168.754583] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010168.754589] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010168.864677] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010168.864715] ata4: EH complete
    [12010171.711495] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010171.711513] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010171.711526] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010171.711543]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010171.711566] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010171.711571] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010171.820659] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010171.820698] ata4: EH complete
    [12010174.626773] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010174.626791] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010174.626804] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010174.626820]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010174.626843] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010174.626849] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010174.728688] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010174.728734] ata4: EH complete
    [12010177.592088] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010177.592107] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010177.592120] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010177.592136]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010177.592160] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010177.592165] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010177.700650] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010177.700686] ata4: EH complete
    [12010180.557373] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010180.557392] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010180.557405] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010180.557422]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010180.557445] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010180.557450] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010180.672656] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010180.672698] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE,SUGGEST_OK
    [12010180.672708] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
    [12010180.672721] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
    [12010180.672727]         72 03 11 04 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
    [12010180.672749]         21 f9 0f 5f
    [12010180.672757] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
    [12010180.672773] end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 569970527
    [12010180.672821] ata4: EH complete
    [12010180.673038] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    [12010180.673106] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [12010180.673115] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
    [12010180.673222] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    [12010180.673326] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    [12010180.673386] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [12010180.673395] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
    [12010180.673502] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    [12010183.555972] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010183.555989] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010183.556003] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010183.556020]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010183.556062] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010183.556068] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010183.672648] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010183.672679] ata4: EH complete
    [12010186.512958] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010186.512976] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010186.512989] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010186.513006]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010186.513029] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010186.513034] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010186.620659] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010186.620695] ata4: EH complete
    [12010189.486541] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010189.486559] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010189.486572] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010189.486589]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010189.486612] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010189.486617] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010189.584663] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010189.584700] ata4: EH complete
    [12010192.460215] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010192.460239] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010192.460254] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010192.460270]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010192.460293] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010192.460299] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010192.569784] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010192.569843] ata4: EH complete
    [12010195.417141] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010195.417159] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010195.417172] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010195.417189]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010195.417212] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010195.417217] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010195.524660] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010195.524696] ata4: EH complete
    [12010198.415742] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
    [12010198.415760] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x24
    [12010198.415773] ata4.00: cmd 25/00:08:58:0f:f9/00:00:21:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
    [12010198.415790]          res 51/40:00:5f:0f:f9/40:00:21:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media error)
    [12010198.415812] ata4.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
    [12010198.415818] ata4.00: error: { UNC }
    [12010198.540671] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [12010198.540713] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE,SUGGEST_OK
    [12010198.540724] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
    [12010198.540739] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
    [12010198.540745]         72 03 11 04 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
    [12010198.540767]         21 f9 0f 5f
    [12010198.540777] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
    [12010198.540789] end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 569970527
    [12010198.540847] ata4: EH complete
    [12010198.540972] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    [12010198.541049] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [12010198.541057] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
    [12010198.541163] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    [12010198.541285] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    [12010198.541358] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [12010198.541365] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
    [12010198.541469] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    root@localhost:/mnt/sdb1# tail -n 100 /var/log/messages
    Apr 27 18:09:56 localhost kernel: [12010127.450107] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:09:56 localhost kernel: [12010127.450182] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:09:56 localhost kernel: [12010127.450322] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:09:59 localhost kernel: [12010130.448663] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:09:59 localhost kernel: [12010130.448694] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:02 localhost kernel: [12010133.425724] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:02 localhost kernel: [12010133.425767] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:05 localhost kernel: [12010136.368662] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:05 localhost kernel: [12010136.368698] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:08 localhost kernel: [12010139.336683] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:08 localhost kernel: [12010139.336719] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:11 localhost kernel: [12010142.268664] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:11 localhost kernel: [12010142.268702] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208663] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208704] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE,SUGGEST_OK
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208714] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208731] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208737]         72 03 11 04 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208758]         21 f9 0f 5f
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208767] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208837] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.208963] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.209043] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.209167] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.209270] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.209331] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:10:14 localhost kernel: [12010145.209452] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:10:17 localhost kernel: [12010148.240652] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:17 localhost kernel: [12010148.240683] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:20 localhost kernel: [12010151.180660] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:20 localhost kernel: [12010151.180698] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:23 localhost kernel: [12010154.120647] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:23 localhost kernel: [12010154.120683] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:26 localhost kernel: [12010157.076654] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:26 localhost kernel: [12010157.076691] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:29 localhost kernel: [12010160.008647] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:29 localhost kernel: [12010160.008682] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940647] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940688] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE,SUGGEST_OK
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940698] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940711] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940717]         72 03 11 04 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940739]         21 f9 0f 5f
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940748] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940810] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.940968] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.941033] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.941136] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.941221] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.941267] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:10:32 localhost kernel: [12010162.941357] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:10:35 localhost kernel: [12010165.933661] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:35 localhost kernel: [12010165.933692] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:38 localhost kernel: [12010168.864677] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:38 localhost kernel: [12010168.864715] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:40 localhost kernel: [12010171.820659] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:40 localhost kernel: [12010171.820698] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:43 localhost kernel: [12010174.728688] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:43 localhost kernel: [12010174.728734] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:46 localhost kernel: [12010177.700650] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:46 localhost kernel: [12010177.700686] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672656] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672698] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE,SUGGEST_OK
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672708] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672721] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672727]         72 03 11 04 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672749]         21 f9 0f 5f
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672757] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.672821] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.673038] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.673106] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.673222] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.673326] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.673386] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:10:49 localhost kernel: [12010180.673502] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:10:52 localhost kernel: [12010183.672648] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:52 localhost kernel: [12010183.672679] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:55 localhost kernel: [12010186.620659] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:55 localhost kernel: [12010186.620695] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:10:58 localhost kernel: [12010189.584663] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:10:58 localhost kernel: [12010189.584700] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:11:01 localhost kernel: [12010192.569784] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:11:01 localhost kernel: [12010192.569843] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:11:04 localhost kernel: [12010195.524660] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:11:04 localhost kernel: [12010195.524696] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540671] ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540713] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE,SUGGEST_OK
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540724] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540739] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540745]         72 03 11 04 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540767]         21 f9 0f 5f
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540777] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540847] ata4: EH complete
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.540972] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.541049] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.541163] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.541285] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.541358] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    Apr 27 18:11:07 localhost kernel: [12010198.541469] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
    Apr 27 18:22:21 localhost -- MARK --


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  • XBOX 360 No Sound over HDMI Solution/Fix


    My XBOX's dashboard/firmware was from sometime in 2008 when I first bought the system.  I mainly played using composite cables but at my brother in law's house we used HDMI.  The very first time it worked, but then I bought some games that did some update and after that HDMI never worked.

    The symptoms besides having on sound is that your XBOX will show PC monitor resolutions but won't have any option to say you have a 720P or 1080P display, this means the XBOX firmware is faulty/defective because it can't recognize that you have an HDMI cable plugged in.

    This happened on two different TV's with different cables, I tried the unplugging the cable and plugging it back in trick and powering/on off the TV and XBOX etc... I have no idea why anyone suggested that because it never worked for me in any case.

    The problem is that your dashboard is out of date and is buggy/defective.

    The Right Trigger/Y Startup Trick Did not Help

    I tried all the tricks such as the "holding the right trigger and Y trick" during startup.

    There was no Disable Display Discovery or Disable Display Detction in my Options/Dashboard/Display

    That's when I decided to update my dashboard, after that my HDMI sound worked because the XBOX 360 finally realized I had an HDMI cable plugged in .  I did however have to Disable Display Discovery or whatever it is called (you finally get that option once you update the dashboard).

    Click here to download the latest firmware (don't worry if you don't have an XBOX HDD, it will at least update the dashboard before saying that you don't have enough space to install the upate).

    I used my USB drive to download the update, here is the link from Microsoft to download it: http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/d/8/1d8c09be-278e-41cd-98be-eb9188128227/$systemupdate9199.zip

    After that sound over HDMI will work with your XBOX 360.


  • Toms Hardware Hard Drive Comparison/Hitachi Deskstar 1TB


    I bought the 1TB Deskstar C revision recently at just $49 each and put them in RAID 1for my Desktop.

    Look at how close the old Deskstar 1TB comes to matching the performance of the mor expensive Samsung and WD's?

    This is phenomal, I can't believe the performance I've gotten out of these cheap drives.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hitachi-western-digital-terabyte,2017-6.html

     

     


  • 2011 Best Laptop - HP 15.6" Laptop featuring AMD Athlon II P340 Processor (G62-420CA)


    My mother needed a new laptop and I recommended her the same one I would have bought myself or my wife, that means the cheapest possible laptop with the most features for the money.

    This HP shines at this price point and one thing that made me stay away from buying more and recommending HP/Compaq was the poor battery life.  Not anymore, this model has an industry leading up to 4 hours of battery life.

    Key Factors for Choosing It:

    • HDMI Out
    • Radeon 4250 HD Graphics (no Intel, I hate Intel graphics)
    • Price
    • Card Reader
    • Webcam Mic
    • 4 Hour Battery Life
    • Best Value Overall Performance vs Features
    • AMD-V Hardware Virtualization
    • Dual Core/High Performance AMD CPU
    • 4Gigs of RAM
    • 500GB HDD

    You can get a great deal like this and anyone who knows the specs properly can too. For $399.99 CAD on sale you can't beat these features, typically they make you pay for more expensive laptops that offer little more for the high price just to get that builti-in cardreader and HDMI out you can pay hundreds more. 

    This is a budget/value laptop but I don't see why you'd need to spend more, this laptop is powerful and can handle decent gaming with the ATI 4250 Graphics card.  It's not worth spending 2-3x more when this does the job well.

    My philosophy with computer hardware is to spend the least amount of money but get the most for it (shop smart).  A dollar saved today is worth $2-3 down the road because of how far technology progresses.  That and I keep in mind that laptops don't often last long and weren't designed to (there's no way they couldn't find a better way to cool laptops and prevent a single vent from causing a motherboard meltdown).

     

      Processor
    • Processor Brand: AMD
    • Processor Type: Athlon™ II; Processor Chipset: N/A
    • Processor Speed: 2.2GHz
    • Bus Speed: 3.2 GT/s
    • Level 2 cache: 1MB
      Memory
    • RAM: 4GB
    • RAM expandable to: 8GB
    • Memory Type (RAM): DDR3
      Storage/Drives
    • Hard drive size: 500GB
    • Hard drive speed: 5400RPM
    • DVD Drive: DVD-Super 8x Multi Double layer
    • Blu-ray Disc Drive: No
    • Burns DVDs: Yes
    • LightScribe: Yes
      Screen Features
    • Display Type: LED
    • Display Size: 15.6"
    • Screen resolution: 1366 x 768
    • Backlit display: N/A
      Expansion
    • HDMI: Yes
    • USB 2.0: Yes
    • DVI (digital video interface): No
      Internet/Networking
    • Ethernet: Yes
    • Wireless/Wi-Fi: Yes, 802.11b/g/n
    • Dial-up Modem: N/A
    • Bluetooth Capabilities: No
      Graphics/Video
    • Video Card: ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4250; Dedicated Video Memory: 1789MB
    • Shared Video Memory: N/A
      Software
    • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Preloaded Software: Microsoft® Office 2010 starter(purchase of Product Key required to activate full suite)
      Battery Features
    • Battery Type: Li-ion
    • Battery Size: 6-cell
    • Battery Voltage: 47WHr
    • Battery Life: 4 hours
    • Battery Charge Time: N/A
    • Rechargeable Battery: Yes
      Accessories
    • Mouse: No
    • Speakers: Yes
    • Built-in Microphone: Yes
    • Cables: No
    • Webcam: Yes
      Dimensions
    • Height: 3.18cm(min H), 3.66cm (max H)
    • Width: 24.6cm
    • Length: 37.4cm
    • Weight: 2.5kgs
      General Features
    • UPC: 886111382446
    • Manufacturer's Part Number: XZ256UA#AB
    • Product Warranty: 1-year
     

  • Asus VE247H 23.7" Inch LCD/LED Backlit Monitor Dead/Stuck Pixel Policy Complaint


    I've thought for awhile that Asus has been banking on its years old reputation for quality amongst gamers and enthusiasts and I think I'm right.  My Asus VE247H Monitor with a supposed 2MS refresh rate has 1 red/stuck/dead pixel but fortunately it can only be seen on a non-true black picture or against a blue screen.

    I have several Asus products and find they're all of fairly poor quality.  First of all their motherboards have given me the most issues of any brand, they tend to be unstable and some models have crashed during heavy IO.  This is off-topic but Gigabyte is my favorite MB manufacturer, they have great features, prices and most of all have been the most dependable for me.

    As someone on a forum pointed out, ASUS has decided to tell us what the "ultimate viewing experience" is and that it's 3 to 5 defective pixels.  But like most normal humans, the ultimate viewing experience is obviously 0 pixels........wait but when I bought an ASUS I agreed to that it's 3-5 dead pixels :)

    ASUS conforms to the acceptance level between 3 to 5 defective bright/dark pixels. In order to deliver ultimate vision experience to ASUS customer, if your panel is less than or equal to the above number of dots, then, it is considered as an acceptable LCD monitor

    I bought my monitor from DirectCanada and they won't RMA it because they have to follow the manufacturer's policies which also applies to Newegg and most other discount etailers.  I don't blame DirectCanada but rather Asus.

    At the end of the day I'm frustrated by this stuck red pixel but at least it's not noticeable in most situations, rather than being completely dead and for the price I paid I couldn't have gotten a bigger screen.

    It should be noted that Asus doesn't even make this screen, it's made by Ancor Communications according to NVIDIA's Linux driver.  I guess you get what you pay for.

    Possible Solution:

    You could try using this online tool to identify and fix bad pixels:

    http://www.flexcode.org/lcd2.html

    It hasn't worked for me but I swear the dead pixel is slightly less noticeable/bright now.  Maybe I'll let this program run overnight and check the results.  It's worth noting that some users have reported that over time these red pixels sometimes disappear.  I also read applying gentle pressure to the area can help but it didn't for me.

     

    Read the  Asus Dead Pixel Policy


    LCD Panel Bright/Dark Dot Warranty & Regulation


    Since LCD panel is made up of millions of micro electronic pixels, if one pixel no longer functions normally, it will become a bright or dark dot. By ISO 13406-2 standards, ASUS conforms to the acceptance level between 3 to 5 defective bright/dark pixels. In order to deliver ultimate vision experience to ASUS customer, if your panel is less than or equal to the above number of dots, then, it is considered as an acceptable LCD monitor.In addition, the Premium Range of ASUS LCDs offers a unique Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) warranty.Please refer to ASUS LCD Monitor Bright/Dark Dot Warranty Table below.



    TAKING CARE OF YOUR LCD:



    1. Turn off the LCD if you will not use it for a long time. Doing this will help you save electric power consumption and prolong your LCD's life.
    2. Do not touch the LCD with your fingers, sharp, and/or hard object so as not to scratch the LCD.
    3. Use monitor-cleaning sheet to lightly wipe off dirt from the LCD. Do not use your fingers!
    4. Do not use any chemicals or detergents to clean the LCD.
    5. Use screen saver to avoid the damage caused by long-term static (non-moving) images displayed.


    ASUS LCD Monitor Bright/Dark Dot Warranty Table:


    Applied Models

    : General ZBD Models


    After Purchase

    Bright Dot

    Dark Dot

    12 months

    0

    ≦5

    13~36 months

    ≦3

    ≦5


    Applied Models

    : PA Series


    After Purchase

    Bright Dot

    Dark Dot

    36 months

    0

    ≦5


    Applied Models

    : Non-ZBD Models


    After Purchase

    Bright Dot

    Dark Dot

    36 months

    ≦3

    ≦5


    1. A Pixel consists of sub-pixels: one red, one green and one blue dot. A bright dot is a sub-pixel that is always on under Black pattern. A dark dot is a sub-pixel that is always off under any pattern.
    2. Micro Dot, less than or equal to 1/2 dot (50μmφ), is excluded in the warranty
    3. Non-ZBD/ZBD warranty models may vary from different regions.

     

     


  • HP XW9400 Motherboard In Desktop Issues


    Fortunately the format is EATX so an EATX case will work and the screw layout is standard.

    You will need to remove the HEX/TORX screws that are connecting the stock HP standoffs (meant to slide into an HP case).

    XW9400 Motherboard Issues
    Size: 12" x 13"
    Proprietary Power Connector
    Proprietary CPU Power Connector
    Proprietary Memory Power Connector
    Fan connectors are 4 pin so you will need some kind of adapter.

    One very nice feature is that it has 6 SATA ports and a whopping 8 SAS ports as well (which of course can be used for SATA) if you really think you can use or fit 14 drives.


    Case LED/Power/Reset Connections are not specified or mapped (can be done with trial and error)

    The biggest dilemma is which way to go?

    I could buy an HP Case but it is not clear which ones will fit (although most of the XW8 to XW9 series seem to appear the same).  No matter what you do you will need an HP Power Supply unless you can hack your own adapter (for some servers like Z800 there is such an adapter but I have not found one for this board).

    Power Supply Part#'s (not verified)

    Delta DPS1050CB 1050W HP P/N 440860-001 (SPARE) 442038-001

     

    There also seems to be a lower wattage model from the XW8400 that is supposed to work.

    Delta DPS-825AB B 800W Power Supply 405351-003

     

    Link to HP Manual:

    http://h50146.www5.hp.com/lib/doc/manual/workstation/xw9400/xw9400strg_e_c00774787.pdf


  • flypro EEPROM PLCC32 programmer software error "The device ID does not match, whether to continue operating"


    If you get that message it means you have inserted the adapter or device incorrectly.  In my case the adapter needed to be at the rear end of the pins and it caused this message.

    Do not ignore this message as it may appear to work but you will get errors and in reality your chip will not be erased or programmed even if it appears like it is working.


  • Linksys E2500 DD-WRT Upgrade Instructions and Enabling 5ghz with Tomato Firmware


    1.) Flash directly to this file:

    http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26RT-N/build5x-132-EN/Linksys%20E-series/tomato-E2500-NVRAM60K-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-132-Max.zip

    *I was never able to get the larger "Mega" file to work, at least not initially so I recommend the file above.

    To enable 5ghz I had to do the "Clear NVRAM" Option before it was shown.

    2.) Or if you don't need 5ghz (most devices do not support it and cannot see it) I prefer DD-WRT:

    Latest versions here:

     

    ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2016/03-07-2016-r29218/broadcom_K3X/dd-wrt.v24-29218_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-e2500.bin

    ===============

    dd-wrt upgrade problems when you have more than one unit that you have accessed before from the same browser.
    Clear cache and cookies

    #when upgrading make sure you choose reset to firmware defaults or you may have problems getting web interface after like me!

    I could not even reboot the connection would reset on me until I cleared cache and cookies it seems it was inteferring from another dd-wrt that was on the same

    After upgrading only telnet was up (no port 80 web interface):

    telnet 192.168.1.1
    Trying 192.168.1.1...
    Connected to 192.168.1.1.
    Escape character is '^]'.

    DD-WRT v3.0-r29218 mega (c) 2016 NewMedia-NET GmbH
    Release: 03/07/16

    Linksys E2500 login: root
    Password:
    ==========================================================
     
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        / _ / _ ___| | /| / / _ /_  __/ _  __|_  / / _
       / // / // /___/ |/ |/ / , _/ / /   | |/ //_ <_/ // /
      /____/____/    |__/|__/_/|_| /_/    |___/____(_)___/
                                                        
                           DD-WRT v3.0
                       http://www.dd-wrt.com
     
    ==========================================================


    BusyBox v1.24.1 (2016-03-07 09:39:54 CET) built-in shell (ash)

    root@Linksys E2500:~# reboot
    root@Linksys E2500:~# Connection closed by foreign host.

    #this did not fix it so I held the reinitialize button on the bottom of the unit for 10seconds
    #this did fix it with the reset/reinitialize (I should have chose reset to defaults when upgrading)
    I still have this problem even when choosing reset to firmware defaults



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