[nSLUG] local parts supplier?

Bill Morrow morrowwm at gmail.com
Mon Dec 18 11:52:01 AST 2017


I'm having issues with my Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" computer. For a week or
so, the 3.19.0-32-generic x86_64 kernel was giving the errors below, and
last night it refused to boot. My motherboard has always been flaky, not
reliably sending the signal to the PSU to apply power. I finally got it
going again by overriding the PSU sense line (the green wire). I booted off
an old image on one of the hard drives, and fsck cleaned the normal boot
drive. It found a few errors, possibly from aborted boot attempts while
dealing with the power issue.
The root partition is on a ~2 year old Sandisk 120GB solid state drive. The
motherboard and PSU are not that old, around 4 years.

Everything is working again, but I'm still thinking I might need parts in a
hurry. What's a good local shop?

Here's the error. The internet says it could be:
- a kernel bug
- a bad SATA cable
- a failing hard drive
- a bad motherboard
- a bad power supply
which doesn't exactly narrow it down much.


Dec 17 14:34:39 seal kernel: [355753.439912] ata6: exception Emask 0x10
SAct 0x0 SErr 0x90000 action 0xe frozen
Dec 17 14:34:39 seal kernel: [355753.439921] ata6: irq_stat 0x00400000, PHY
RDY changed
Dec 17 14:34:39 seal kernel: [355753.439927] ata6: SError: { PHYRdyChg
10B8B }
Dec 17 14:34:39 seal kernel: [355753.439937] ata6: hard resetting link
Dec 17 14:34:40 seal kernel: [355754.335896] ata6: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps
(SStatus 113 SControl 300)
Dec 17 14:34:45 seal kernel: [355759.336565] ata6.00: qc timeout (cmd 0xa1)
Dec 17 14:34:45 seal kernel: [355759.336584] ata6.00: failed to IDENTIFY
(I/O error, err_mask=0x4)
Dec 17 14:34:45 seal kernel: [355759.336591] ata6: hard resetting link
Dec 17 14:34:45 seal kernel: [355759.828631] ata6: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps
(SStatus 113 SControl 300)
Dec 17 14:34:55 seal kernel: [355769.829968] ata6.00: qc timeout (cmd 0xa1)
Dec 17 14:34:55 seal kernel: [355769.829985] ata6.00: failed to IDENTIFY
(I/O error, err_mask=0x4)
Dec 17 14:34:55 seal kernel: [355769.829991] ata6: limiting SATA link speed
to 1.5 Gbps
Dec 17 14:34:55 seal kernel: [355769.829997] ata6: hard resetting link
Dec 17 14:34:56 seal kernel: [355770.322038] ata6: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps
(SStatus 113 SControl 310)
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