[mythtv-users] System freezes on boot - Need advice

Craig Huff huffcslists at gmail.com
Wed Jun 4 13:37:32 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 9:40 PM, Roger Heflin <rogerheflin at gmail.com> wrote:
> I would check to see if the disks are spinning up.   Some controllers aren't
> able to spin up disk, and there are a number of disk hardware failures that
> cause disks to not spin up, or to spin up really really slow, it could also be
> that the power supply is not providing enough to proper spin them up anymore for
> some reason.

That is pretty much what I am seeing -- no evidence of spin up without
the right magic dance.  Tonight I intend to try and identify what
exactly is the right formula for successful bootup in the hopes that
it will point me towards a solution.

> If you have something solid and metal you should be able to touch it to the
> drive case and put the other end to your ear and hear if it is spinning or if
> possible put your ear on the device.
> If this is the case, I would get a new drive soon, copy the data to the new
> devices, and RMA the old device if it is still under warranty.

Backed up to tape (what I could) last night).

> If it is not spinning up there are ways to make it more likely that it spins up,
> but the are a pain, and typically are done to get the data off.
>                             Roger
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Thanks for the feedback.


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