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By viradha ·
greetings to all,

I installed a new ASUS mobo model k8v-mx. reformatted a six month old samsung HDD
of 40 gig (model SPO411N)and partitioned 20gig, 10gig, 10gig.this is the only
hdd in primary IDE channel and set as master.i have not attached any slave. the
secondary IDE channel has a dvd r/w and cd r/w.

during initial boot the post message said "S.M.A.R.T monitoring of primary IDE
SLAVE failed." I left it at that because there was no "slave" in this channel in
any case, and enabled S.M.A.R.T in the bios, set all other bios parameters,
saved, exited and installed win xp pro with sp2. installation went well(felt on
top of the world!).

NOW at the final reboot (and ever since) the "POST" reads " primary MASTER(!)
hard disk: S.M.A.R.T COMMAND FAILED. press f1 to resume)

further details (pertaining ONLY to primary ide ) in "POST"

primary master--samsung SPO411N-TW100-13
ULTRA DMA MODE-2
S.M.A.R.T capable but command failed

the main bios menu pertaining to primary ide:--

primary ide master
device-hd
vendor-samsung SPO411N
size-40gb
LBAmode-supported
block mode-16 sectors
PIO mode-4
Async. DMA-multiword DMA 2
S.M.A.R.T monitoring--supported.

THE ENTIRE ABOVE AREA IS GREYED OUT.

THE INPUT FIELD AVAILABLE--

TYPE--AUTO
LBA large mode-AUTO
BLOCK MULTI SECTOR TRANSFER M -AUTO
PIO mode-auto
DMA-auto
S.M.A.R.T monitoring--auto (the available options are auto, enable, disable and
even with "enable" option selected the same "command failed" results)
32 bit transfer mode-disable
acoustics-max performance.

question: does this mean that some sectors in the hdd is corrupted and therefore
unable to execute the S.M.A.R T command or is it a foolish question and
something else is the cause?

sorry for the long post but thought all relevant info may be needed.

will gratefully acknowledge any input.

good day--Venkat

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by 3xp3rt In reply to S.M.A.R.T MONITORING

A possible settings what can affect the S.M.A.R.T. is ?32 bit transfer mode-disable?
Try to enable this setting. For detailed information about S.M.A.R.T. technology
Follow this link.
http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref/hdd/perf/qual/featuresSMART.html

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by viradha In reply to

Thanks for the reply and the link on S.M.A.R T. I tried enabling 32 bit transfer mode but it didnt work.anyway thanks and sorry for the delay in reply--Venkat

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by 3xp3rt In reply to S.M.A.R.T MONITORING

A possible settings what can affect the S.M.A.R.T. is ?32 bit transfer mode-disable?
Try to enable this setting. For detailed information about S.M.A.R.T. technology
Follow this link.
http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref/hdd/perf/qual/featuresSMART.html

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by 3xp3rt In reply to S.M.A.R.T MONITORING

A possible settings what can affect the S.M.A.R.T. is ?32 bit transfer mode-disable?
Try to enable this setting. For detailed information about S.M.A.R.T. technology
Follow this link.
http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref/hdd/perf/qual/featuresSMART.html

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by ramke555 In reply to S.M.A.R.T MONITORING

You are using the standard ATA/ATAPI 4, i recommend u to use the standard ATA/ATAPI 5 or above if u can cause in ATA/ATAPI 5 u will have UltaDMA Mode 3 and 4. In short change ur IDE cable. U must buy a specialised 80 conductor cable.

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