>I have installed Linux 1.2.3 on a partition of my 850 Mb WD (PC486DX4 - PCI
>EIDE SYS controller - Award BIOS). Everything worked fine: however, sometimes I
>got the following message
> hda: timeout: status = 0X58 Drive Ready SeekComplete DataRequest
> ide0: do_ide_reset: success 0X65 0X04 0X5a
>which led me to suspect that there was some compatibility problem between the
>machine and the os... After a few days, all data in both partitions were wiped
Both of these are known to have serious problems, which are addressed in the
latest drivers for OS/2, Windoze, NT, and Linux.
For Linux IDE (big/many) help, see: /usr/src/linux/drivers/block/README.ide
For latest Linux kernels: ftp.cs.helsinki.fi:/pub/Software/Linux/Kernel/v1.