Go Back   nV News Forums > Linux Support Forums > General Linux

Newegg Daily Deals

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-31-06, 03:13 AM   #1
starfury6
Dark Jedi
 
starfury6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Southend, Essex, England
Posts: 34
Send a message via MSN to starfury6
Default mdadm software raid problems on Debian

Hey all,

I have a server running Debian and did have a software raid1 array of 2 x 250GB SATA disks on a Sillicon Image 3112 onboard controller. I am running the latest 2.6 kernel for reference. About 3 months ago I had a disk fail (was marked faulty by mdadm monitor) with ATA ioerrors and then about 30 minutes later the other disk started to have the same errors. I shut the machine down and was able to recover the info from the drive which hadn't been marked faulty. I figured it wasn't out of the realms of possiblility of them both going wrong since they were the same drive, from the same manufacturer and had serial numbers almost identical.

So, not trusting them, I purchased 2 raid edition drives (300GB ones this time) one seagate and one maxtor and recreated my array using these new drives. They proved faster, quieter and were also put in IcyDocks, to keep them cool.

Last night the EXACT same thing has happened to the drives again. This to me is far too much of a coincidence.

My plan is to fire up the server with the disk marked faulty removed and copy the contents off onto another machine on the network. Then I can play around with things.

I obviously need to find the problem. When the original problem occurred I was using Debian Sarge, I switched to Debian Etch in the hopes that newer programs and drivers would solve the problem but alas it hasn't. I can only guess that it's either the motherboard, or Debian itself which is having problems.

Anyone else have any suggestions as to the cause and a solution?

Thanks guys. (and girls)
__________________
starfury6
AMD64 FX55 / Dual XFX 6800U / Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe / Dell 2001FP 20.1" LCD
Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2 / Thermalright XP-120 / PCP&C 510 SLI /
Maxtor DM10 250GB SATA NCQ / NEC 2500A DVD+-RW / Sony DDU1613 DVD-ROM
starfury6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-06, 06:15 AM   #2
chunkey
#!/?*
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 662
Default Re: mdadm software raid problems on Debian

can you provide the SMART values of your drives?

Code:
apt-get install smartmontools
smartctl -d ata --all /dev/{first hdd}
smartctl -d ata --all /dev/{second hdd}
chunkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-06, 08:20 AM   #3
starfury6
Dark Jedi
 
starfury6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Southend, Essex, England
Posts: 34
Send a message via MSN to starfury6
Default Re: mdadm software raid problems on Debian

will do this evening (at work at the moment).

I didnt try smartctl, hddtemp I tried but that wouldnt even return a thing.
__________________
starfury6
AMD64 FX55 / Dual XFX 6800U / Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe / Dell 2001FP 20.1" LCD
Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2 / Thermalright XP-120 / PCP&C 510 SLI /
Maxtor DM10 250GB SATA NCQ / NEC 2500A DVD+-RW / Sony DDU1613 DVD-ROM
starfury6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-06, 10:21 AM   #4
chunkey
#!/?*
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 662
Default Re: mdadm software raid problems on Debian

so? are the drives dead?
chunkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-06, 06:37 AM   #5
starfury6
Dark Jedi
 
starfury6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Southend, Essex, England
Posts: 34
Send a message via MSN to starfury6
Default Re: mdadm software raid problems on Debian

Interesting question. I can't get the server booted up because the gfx is screwed. Borrowed another card for a minute (the wife wouldn't let me keep it!) and it was fine so it appears the gfx card is knackered. I had it a few times where I would reboot the server for something and it would come up with corrupted gfx, I just put it down to residual images in the frame buffer and a few restarts and it would go away. Now its totally screwed.

Knowing how wonderful the PC hardware architecture is, can a GFX card spewing crap out on the PCI bus cause problems for other devices? If so it could explain my previous problems. I put one of the original drives which I thought were toast when it originally occurred in my Fedora box (which I had to reinstall last night, not a good week) and it seems to be fine, suggesting my 2 new ones are okay too.

I'm going to order a new card for the server before I start screwing with it just in case the GFX card was causing other problems. It was only 16 so it's hardly worth trying to warranty it. (Connect3DAti Radeon 7000)

Will keep you posted.
__________________
starfury6
AMD64 FX55 / Dual XFX 6800U / Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe / Dell 2001FP 20.1" LCD
Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2 / Thermalright XP-120 / PCP&C 510 SLI /
Maxtor DM10 250GB SATA NCQ / NEC 2500A DVD+-RW / Sony DDU1613 DVD-ROM
starfury6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Now Available: Knights Corner Open Source Software Stack News Archived News Items 0 06-05-12 08:00 PM
Xoreax Software Finds Diamonds in the Cloud News Archived News Items 0 05-25-12 12:20 PM
Compiling problems with Debian 3.0, 2.4.19 Sleepwalker NVIDIA Linux 2 09-28-02 09:00 AM
Problems with a GeForce4 MX 440 under Debian Iainuki NVIDIA Linux 1 09-24-02 09:27 PM
Debian Woody 3.0r0 and Problems with Geforce drivers vogt NVIDIA Linux 3 09-09-02 02:07 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 1998 - 2014, nV News.