[mythtv-users] Is this a failing drive?

Don Brett dlbrett at zoominternet.net
Mon Nov 21 03:40:06 UTC 2011

This is a little off-topic, but it's a new drive on a new Mythbuntu 
installation.  Symptoms are:

-partition table got corrupted (after about 50 hours on the drive); an 
8-hour low level format got it back
-the box occasionally freezes-up for a few seconds
-I see multiple instances of these errors in /var/log/syslog:

Nov 20 09:54:02 zedo kernel: [    6.292384] EXT4-fs (sda2): re-mounted. 
Opts: errors=remount-ro
Nov 20 09:55:12 zedo kernel: [   81.573425] EXT4-fs (sda2): re-mounted. 
Opts: errors=remount-ro,commit=0
Nov 20 09:58:51 zedo kernel: [  300.004041] [Hardware Error]: Machine 
check events logged

 From /var/log/mcelog, I see multiple entries of this:

mcelog: failed to prefill DIMM database from DMI data
Kernel does not support page offline interface
mcelog: mcelog read: No such device
Hardware event. This is not a software error.
CPU 0 4 northbridge
MISC c008000001000000 ADDR 1844184
TIME 1321843678 Sun Nov 20 21:47:58 2011
   Northbridge NB Array Error
        bit42 = L3 subcache in error bit 0
        bit43 = L3 subcache in error bit 1
        bit46 = corrected ecc error
        bit59 = misc error valid
        bit62 = error overflow (multiple errors)
   memory/cache error 'evict mem transaction, generic transaction, level 
STATUS dc074c60001c017b MCGSTATUS 0
CPUID Vendor AMD Family 16 Model 5
Hardware event. This is not a software error.

I replaced the sata drive cables, disconnected the dvd drive, tried a 
different power supply.  I also tried another drive on the same box (but 
it was an ide) and had no errors.  With a different motherboard...still 
got the "re-mount" errors but none of the "[Hardware Error]" entries.  
Anyone have a suggestion?

PS - the hardware is: (everything but the power supply and case is new)
-ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-ADATA Gaming Series 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 
Desktop Memory
-ZOTAC ZT-20203-10L GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 
HDCP Ready Video Card
-ThermalTake 430 power supply

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