[Techtalk] Unknown computer error

David Sumbler david at aeolia.co.uk
Tue Apr 28 09:49:27 UTC 2015

On Mon, 2015-04-27 at 23:03 -0400, R. Daneel Olivaw wrote:
> Hi David,
> >
> > ata 3.00: status { DRDY ERR }
> > ata 3.00: error { UNC }
> > ata 3.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0
> > ata 3.00: BMDMA stat 0x65
> > ata 3.00: failed commadn: READ DMA EXT
> > ata 3.00: cmd 25/00:08:68:35:55/00:00:30:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in
> >           res 51/40:04:6c:35:55/40:00:30:00:00/00 Emask 0x9 (media
> > error)
> > 
> Your symptoms and this final output confirms: your drive is almost dead.
> I'd give spinrite a try in order to clone the disk to a new one without
> loosing too much data (non-free, but saved several drives for me in the
> past).
> Else, dd_rescue can help copying the readable blocks off to another device.
> R. Daneel Olivaw,
> The Human Robot Inside.

I don't understand this.  At Linda's suggestion, and in view of Rudy and
Daniel's opinions, I booted the computer using a Ubuntu "live" disc, and
ran fsck on my /root partition and on my /home partition.  Both reported

But having done a normal reboot, using the system I have just fsck-ed, I
am still getting the reported problem every time I attempt to open a
LibreOffice file.  Can anyone make possible sense of this?


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