I noticed my HD activity light was on constantly. ‘top’ showed nothing abnormal.
Reboot and the HD goes in to full activity at the BIOS and remains that way.
Press Esc to see the verbose and I see this for some time SUSE Paste
Nothing has been changed - hardware or software.
I tried other OS that are installed in this system Win7 and Mint 13 - Same problem.
But like I say the HD is ballistic in the BIOS screen.
On 07/03/2012 09:16 PM, caf4926 wrote:
> But I may root around in the case tomorrow and
> try some options
ah…since you didn’t mention it, i assume that SMART told you nothing
was bad, and the manufacturers downloadable disk diagnostics software
said all was well ??
so, while it is running backup all data (as if you have not already:)
a friend sometimes buys an exact same model/size/etc from ebay for “no
money” and changes out the drives circuit board/controller…he swear
it usually works…me, i’d just replace it…
HOWEVER: after you have the backup, and sides off, just gently wiggle
the connections at the drive and motherboard…or if you have a
replacement cable of known good repair, swap it out…heck, unplug the
drive at both ends and then replug…same for power…and, make sure the
screws on the sides are just right tight…
clean out the chicken bones and dust…
if the light remains on…dump it.
or put that old drive to good use, like maybe a high tech door stop…
OH, check: the drive may still be in warranty… and you may be able to
get a replacement for just the price of mailing yours to the
warranty/repair center…usually the replacement will be larger capacity
and faster (time marches on)…
I hate to agree with everyone else as it is so unlike me, but if this is the same setup for the last five years and you don’t have anything plugged in wrong recently, a hard drive issue is very possible. While challenging fate perhaps, I would take this as a sign, after a good backup for what can not be replaced, to do a good cleaning of the PC in bright light like outside and the working in and out of every plug, cable, adapter card, memory and so forth. Particularly if SMART says everything is OK, it could be something else like dust or dirt in the wrong place. This situation too has occured to me before. I have never went five years without a good cleaning but more than one year and a discovery that I was a few months behind the cleaning curve.
It’s hard to tell if it’s the hard disk or the (onboard) controller, but there is an “easy” way to find out: put the hard disk in another computer or/and use either an IDE or SATA PCI controller (whatever the HDD is)… athough the first thing I would try will be replacing the cable, then switch the SATA port. Also make sure that the BIOS didn’t reset the storage mode from AHCI to legacy (which happens sometimes on cheap ASUS mainboards after a hard reset).