[mythtv-users] new hardware same old problem

Daryl McDonald darylangela at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 18:02:52 UTC 2019

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 9:43 AM George Poulson <george.poulson at gmail.com>

> On Mon, 14 Jan 2019 at 13:03, Daryl McDonald <darylangela at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Can anyone explain why running optimize_mythdb.pl put an end to ata3
>> disconnecting and reconnecting.
> I honestly link it's a coincidence.
> Your logs were clearly showing low-level failures of one of your hard
> disks; there really is no way that these can be "fixed" by repairing your
> database.
> Also IIRC you said it was a data drive that was failing and the database
> is [presumably] on your system disk?
> Intermittent hardware failures can be a real nightmare - one minute
> everything is working, the next it's not, then it's all working again.
> Randomly swapping hardware items (especially without carefully noting what
> has been done) may give the impression of having fixed something, but the
> next power cycle (or even mains power 'glitch') will see it all fail again.
> Exchange items one-at-a-time and make detailed notes of what you've done;
> then run extended tests before you swap anything else.
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Agreed, shotgun repair tactics may work, but don't teach anything.
Previously I had narrowed it down to the mobo, that's why I borrowed the
wife's (while awaiting delivery) there was an initial persistence of the
symptom, but going through the "advanced options" at boot got it working,
"cleared the memory of the problem on the other board, I thought" Because
it failed the first wake-up, I've been leaving it on 24/7 and it was fine
for a week, and then coffee and crossword was accompanied by the "pops"  of
my storage2 drive. Step one, replace sata cable, kept popping, step two run
optimize_mythdb.pl, popping stopped for 60 hours now, and counting. I
confirm this by opening "disks" if storage2 has dropped out it appears
beneath the rom drive. Pleasingly scratching my head at this point.
And totally appreciative of this list to vent and organise my thoughts on.
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