Hi, sorry I have to post this here, but the DEC support people are
giving me the run-around.
Our Alphastation 400 4/233 crashes intermittently, every few hours or
days, even when no jobs are running and no one is logged on. When it
crashes, it prints the following messages on the screen.
vmunix: Retrying I/O (err 5) on block device 8,0
vmunix: Retrying I/O (err 5) on block device 8,6
THis seems like a hardware problem to me, but the hardware support
guy told me over the phone he has no idea about UNIX systems and
is unwilling to come see it. The software guy says we don't have
a software support contract (we have campus licensing) so they can't
Can anyone tell me what the error means, what I can do, and maybe walk
me through a diagnosis, at least so I know which piece of hardware,
if any, needs to be replaced?