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May 16, 2010

I'm running 10.04 X86_64. I have this 650 GB External Hard Drive With three partitions: one fat32 and two ext4. Sometimes when I plug the drive in X crashes. I get no response at all from the keyboard but the pointer works. I am able to minimize and maximize windows but i cant close them and i cant click on the top bar. Today the error occurred after I transfered some files from one of the ext4 partitions to a 320 GB External HD(single partition FAT32). I pressed the ctrl + alt+ f1 ( to go to the shell :-/) and this strange lines of code where showing up over and over again:

[XXXXX.XXXXXX] ata1.00:status: {DRDY ERR}

Also the following exception:

[XXXXX.XXXXXX] ata1.00:status: Exception Emask 0x00 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0

When i came back to X (ctrl + alt + f7) and unmounted the drives every worked fine.

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[Staff Note: This thread was spun off from here: HOWTO: Purge and Reinstall Grub 2 from the Live CD This solved the Grub problem but the crashes continue.]

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Boot Info Script Results:

# Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
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