Note: This is a beta release of Red Hat Bugzilla 5.0. The data contained within is a snapshot of the live data so any changes you make will not be reflected in the production Bugzilla. Also email is disabled so feel free to test any aspect of the site that you want. File any problems you find or give feedback here.
Bug 160677 - ide-tape module not working in kernel-2.4.22-1.2199.4.legacy
Summary: ide-tape module not working in kernel-2.4.22-1.2199.4.legacy
Alias: None
Product: Fedora Legacy
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: fc1
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Fedora Legacy Bugs
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: DEFER
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-16 15:51 UTC by James Kosin
Modified: 2007-04-18 17:28 UTC (History)
0 users

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2006-08-13 15:16:10 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
debug log from ide-tape module (deleted)
2005-06-16 15:51 UTC, James Kosin
no flags Details

Description James Kosin 2005-06-16 15:51:58 UTC
Description of problem:
  My IDE tape drive does not work anymore with the new kernel.  It worked with 
the 2.4.22-1.2199 version before.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
  Always reproducable.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  mt status
Actual results:
  /dev/tape: Device or resource busy

Expected results:
  Expected status information on the tape drive.

Additional info:
  pci info
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
00:09.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 (rev 10)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Lite-On Communications Inc LNE100TX (rev 20)
00:0b.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage Pro 215GP (rev 

  hdd info  (IDE Tape Drive)
ide-tape version 1.17c
name			value		min		max		mode
----			-----		---		---		----
avg_speed               0               0               65535           r
buffer                  432             0               32767           r
current_speed           34              0               70              rw
debug_level             5               0               65535           rw
dsc_overlap             1               0               1               rw
init_speed              34              0               70              rw
io_32bit                0               0               3               rw
keepsettings            0               0               1               rw
nice1                   1               0               1               rw
number                  3               0               3               rw
pio_mode                write-only      0               255             w
pipeline                6336            32              2097120         rw
pipeline_head_speed_c   0               0               65535           r
pipeline_head_speed_u   0               0               65535           r
pipeline_max            12672           32              2097120         rw
pipeline_min            32              32              2097120         rw
pipeline_pending        0               0               2097120         r
pipeline_used           0               0               2097120         r
slow                    0               0               1               rw
speed                   650             0               65535           r
stage                   32              0               63              r
tdsc                    100             50              400             rw
unmaskirq               0               0               1               rw
using_dma               0               0               1               rw

Comment 1 James Kosin 2005-06-16 15:51:58 UTC
Created attachment 115547 [details]
debug log from ide-tape module

Comment 2 Pete Zaitcev 2005-06-16 19:45:39 UTC
I have no idea what Fedora Legacy people managed to break exactly,
but in any case nobody should use ide-tape. Use ide-scsi.

Comment 3 James Kosin 2005-06-16 21:08:07 UTC
ide-scsi is broken for me as well.... otherwise, I would use it.

Comment 4 James Kosin 2005-06-20 18:47:07 UTC
Hmmm.... It started working all by itself all of a sudden.  I'll keep track of 
this ...... maybe a bad tape?  or drive in need of cleaning soon.

Comment 5 Pekka Savola 2005-06-29 13:10:28 UTC
closing as NOTABUG, reopen if needed.

Comment 6 James Kosin 2005-07-07 14:24:51 UTC
I changed tapes, still no luck.

I started playing around with the settings...  turned DMA for the drive back on 
using hdparm.  Did not work; so, I used the killer ide reset command with 
hdparam.  They are not kidding when they say it is dangerous.  Oops....

I rebooted the system.
Everything started working again with the tape drive.

Will update after a tape change to make sure changing tapes is not causing the 

Comment 7 James Kosin 2005-07-08 16:39:18 UTC

Changed tape today!  Guess what!  I got the tape drive is busy signal 
again....  I did an hdparm -w /dev/hdc on the tape drive, rebooted after the 
Ooops.. and the tape drive is working again.

This seems to be a problem with changing medium or tapes that causes the 
problem.  Right now, the only work-around I have is to do the hdparm command, 
and reset the box.

I've tried just resetting before; but, it never works, or only works 

Comment 8 Marc Deslauriers 2005-07-31 00:26:06 UTC
If you go back to 2.4.22-1.2199, does it start working again?

Comment 9 James Kosin 2005-08-01 13:17:31 UTC
Yes... If I go back, it works; but there is (or shouldn't be) any difference in 
how the module works in 1.2199 or the legacy builds.

Right now causing the module to Ooops and reboot the system seems to be my only 

Comment 10 David Eisenstein 2005-10-10 10:11:28 UTC
Reporter:  Have you tried upgrading to kernel-2.4.22-1.2199.5.legacy?

If so, does the problem continue?

Comment 11 James Kosin 2005-10-14 14:21:38 UTC
Nope, still not working.
I'll try an troubleshoot this problem more proactively this month; since, I do 
need the tape drive working again.

Comment 12 Pekka Savola 2005-11-16 13:27:30 UTC
This doesn't seem to be important enough to fix just on its own, so mark it DEFER.

Comment 13 James Kosin 2006-05-24 17:20:27 UTC
I lowered the priority, I don't think it is of any improtance to anyone but me.

Comment 14 David Eisenstein 2006-05-28 07:35:49 UTC
Just a thought, James.  The most recently-released FL kernel is 2.4.22-1.2199.8.
 Does upgrading to this kernel affect this issue at all?

Comment 15 James Kosin 2006-08-18 22:51:21 UTC
ide-tape: Block location is unknown to the tape
ide-tape: ht0: I/O error, pc =  0, key =  3, asc = 30, ascq =  0
ide-tape: ht0: drive not ready
ide-tape: Block location is unknown to the tape
ide-tape: Block location is unknown to the tape
ide-tape: ht0: I/O error, pc =  0, key =  3, asc = 30, ascq =  0
ide-tape: ht0: drive not ready
ide-tape: Block location is unknown to the tape
ide-tape: Block location is unknown to the tape
ide-tape: ht0: I/O error, pc =  0, key =  3, asc = 30, ascq =  0
ide-tape: ht0: drive not ready
ide-tape: Block location is unknown to the tape

Note You need to log in before you can comment on or make changes to this bug.