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[Bug 993245] Re: Hard Disk cycles on and off


Gigel Vecina, this bug was reported a while ago and there hasn't been
any activity in it recently. We were wondering if this is still an
issue? If so, could you please test for this with the latest development
release of Ubuntu? ISO images are available from
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/ .

If it remains an issue, could you please just make a comment to this.

Also, could you please test the latest upstream kernel available (not the daily folder) following https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelMainlineBuilds ? It will allow additional upstream developers to examine the issue. Once you've tested the upstream kernel, please comment on which kernel version specifically you tested. If this bug is fixed in the mainline kernel, please add the following tags:

where VERSION-NUMBER is the version number of the kernel you tested. For example:

This can be done by clicking on the yellow circle with a black pencil icon next to the word Tags located at the bottom of the bug description. As well, please remove the tag:

If the mainline kernel does not fix this bug, please add the following tags:

As well, please remove the tag:

Once testing of the upstream kernel is complete, please mark this bug's
Status as Confirmed. Please let us know your results. Thank you for your

** Tags added: latest-bios-1.50 needs-upstream-testing

** Summary changed:

- Hard Disk cycles on and off
+ [Toshiba Satellite L350] Hard Disk cycles on and off

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu)
       Status: Confirmed => Incomplete

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  [Toshiba Satellite L350] Hard Disk cycles on and off

Status in “linux” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  I just installed Xubuntu 12.04 (i386) (fresh install) on my Toshiba Satellite Pro L-350 (Canadian).
  I noticed that when the laptop is running on the battery alone, the Hard Drive turns on and off every 30 seconds. This happens continously and doesn't stop. I can actually hear the click of the hard drive turning on, and it coincides with a spike in System Monitor for the Hard Drive being "written" once.
  On A/C power the hard drive doesn't turn on and off and it remains ON all the time. But the 30 second "write" spike in System Monitor still happens.
  I just installed Xubuntu and this is observable by me not doing anything to the computer and just watching the System Monitor and hearing the HDD after boot.
  In Power Management, the option for "Spin down hard disk" is ticked off for both "On AC" and "On Battery."

  Please let me know if more information needs to be provided and the means through which I can provide it.
  AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.24.
   **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
   card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC268 Analog [ALC268 Analog]
     Subdevices: 1/1
     Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
  ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu7
  Architecture: i386
   **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
   card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC268 Analog [ALC268 Analog]
     Subdevices: 1/1
     Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
   /dev/snd/controlC0:  shape      1575 F.... xfce4-volumed
                        shape      1592 F.... pulseaudio
   Card hw:0 'Intel'/'HDA Intel at 0x96400000 irq 46'
     Mixer name	: 'Realtek ALC268'
     Components	: 'HDA:10ec0268,1179ff64,00100003 HDA:11c11040,11790001,00100200'
     Controls      : 16
     Simple ctrls  : 9
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
  HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=0d808d75-7d23-4961-9088-4e2d9ed531cf
  InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release i386 (20120423)
  MachineType: TOSHIBA Satellite L350
  Package: linux (not installed)
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-24-generic root=UUID=87cd5825-1aea-441d-b413-dabf255f6586 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-24.37-generic 3.2.14
   linux-restricted-modules-3.2.0-24-generic N/A
   linux-backports-modules-3.2.0-24-generic  N/A
   linux-firmware                            1.79
   0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
  SourcePackage: linux
  Tags:  precise precise
  Uname: Linux 3.2.0-24-generic i686
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  UserGroups: adm cdrom dip lpadmin plugdev sambashare sudo
  dmi.bios.date: 07/10/2008
  dmi.bios.vendor: INSYDE
  dmi.bios.version: 1.50
  dmi.board.asset.tag: Base Board Asset Tag
  dmi.board.name: Base Board Product Name
  dmi.board.vendor: Intel Corp.
  dmi.board.version: Base Board Version
  dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Tag
  dmi.chassis.type: 1
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Chassis Manufacturer
  dmi.chassis.version: Chassis Version
  dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnINSYDE:bvr1.50:bd07/10/2008:svnTOSHIBA:pnSatelliteL350:pvrPSLD0C-03N08C:rvnIntelCorp.:rnBaseBoardProductName:rvrBaseBoardVersion:cvnChassisManufacturer:ct1:cvrChassisVersion:
  dmi.product.name: Satellite L350
  dmi.product.version: PSLD0C-03N08C
  dmi.sys.vendor: TOSHIBA

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