Post by Dragos-Anton Manolesc » Mon, 27 Mar 2000 04:00:00

I have a WD153BA; Linux (2.2.14) works fine but hdparm reports:

# hdparm -i /dev/hda


 Model=WDC WD153BA, FwRev=16.13M16, SerialNo=WD-WM9480048436
 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec SpinMotCtl Fixed DTR>5Mbs FmtGapReq }
 RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=57600, SectSize=600, ECCbytes=40
 BuffType=3(DualPortCache), BuffSize=2048kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=off
 DblWordIO=no, maxPIO=2(fast), DMA=yes, maxDMA=0(slow)
 CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=30043440
 tDMA={min:120,rec:120}, DMA modes: mword0 mword1 mword2
 IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:120,w/IORDY:120}, PIO modes: mode3 mode4
 UDMA modes: mode0 mode1 mode2 mode3 *mode4
 Drive Supports : ATA-1 ATA-2 ATA-3 ATA-4

I have tried to find out what the warning means and whether I could
get rid of it. Apparently other people have ran into this, but I was
not able to find an answer. If you could shed some light over this, I
would appreciate it. Thanks!



1. Is there a way to "adopt" ;) an orphan X app (orphan process)


I'm asking this question here because of the rare nature of the
problem, I guess only experienced programmers will have an answer (but
then I'm a linux newbie, so maybe everyone and his mother knows the
answer of my stupid question, bear with me then. ;-).

Scenario: I've got Mozilla and several other X apps working on my
Linux (kernel 2.4.10, KDE 2.2.1). I press the "K" in kde and the
system becomes hosed. I can move the mouse but clicking everywhere
does not produce any effects. Everything indicates that KDE, X, or
maybe both, have entered some form of do-nothing loop, or crashed.
(well, I can move my mouse and the pointer is drawn, so I guess X is
actually working :o).

I login from my Winblows machine on the home lan via ssh, and notice
the system (text mode) is working perfectly, as I suspected. :o).

I proceed to "kill -9" everything with "kde" on its name (by looking
at the 'ps -A' output).

Finally I look at my system which was previously crashed, and find KDE
has restarted, so I'm back at the kde user login screen. :o)

BUT, the old X apps that I had opened (specially Mozilla) ARE still
there on the 'ps -A' output, I just can't bring them back. (In fact I
was writing a long and very important e-mail at the time of the crash,
but that's just Murphy's Law at work, as usual :-).

Stupid question, is there any way in which I, logged as root, can
attempt to bring back the Mozilla that's still running, in the
darkness, in a parallel universe, so I can save (or finish) my email?.

I guess the answer is NO. (maybe, "no, go away!" ;-), but I must be a
masochist, because I insist on asking about it here.

Thanks in advance for your time.


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