Got the missing cable from Canada Computers today to get the SATA drive installed in the workstation. One of the ATA drives started giving DMA failures last week and this was to be the replacement drive. Problem is the silly thing doesn't work.
Well, more precisely, it doesn't seem to work with the motherboard in the workstation. It's an old Soyo CK8 Motherboard. Depending on (I don't know what) the drive either doesn't show up at all in BIOS or shows up with a NULL product ID and declares its size incorrectly. With the new cable it just hangs the BIOS, with the cable that came with the motherboard (dug out of a spare cable bag) it doesn't hang most of the time. In Linux it sort-of-shows up during the kernel boot, but normally doesn't get a /dev/hd* entry.
I probably should attempt to update the BIOS, but I don't want to risk having to head off to Dallas with the svn and mail server dead. That would make it very hard to get any work done while I'm down there.
Given how much time (which is in short supply this week) I've burned on this already I'm thinking maybe I'll just buy a new motherboard, CPU, CPU cooler, memory and PSU. Or maybe just a whole new box (though I rather like the large Antec case). Anyway, I have the machine back to the point where it boots (with a little poking), so maybe I'll just leave it that way until I get back... of course that means there's no returning the hard-disk if it really is the culprit. Sigh.
Annoying this is that we finished a project tonight (successfully), it should have been a happy little evening with a quick hardware install and then off to bed. Oh well, hardware sucks, as they say.
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