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bug #24831: GRUB does something that renders my Optiarc DVD+/-R/RW inoperable

Submitter:  Andy Anderson <sfcs>
Submitted:  Thu 13 Nov 2008 05:42:41 PM UTC
Votes: 201
Category:  None Severity:  Major
Priority:  3 - Low Item Group:  Hardware-specific
Status:  None Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Originator Name:  Andy
Open/Closed:  Open Release:  1.98
Release:  1.96 Reproducibility:  Every Time
Planned Release:  2.03+

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  Spam posted by azenka
Tue 18 Apr 2017 05:45:18 PM UTC, comment #15: 

i got the same problem

Joyce <brod1990>
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  Spam posted by mrlove2
Sun 01 May 2011 08:37:46 PM UTC, comment #9: 

I could confirm that --disk-module=ata solves this issue. Thanks for the workaround, ended a long standing issue of mine.

Ramkumar R. Aiyengar <andyetitmoves>
Wed 10 Nov 2010 11:36:05 AM UTC, comment #8: 


i have the same problem alsoon lenovo ideapad y710 with optiarc dvd

i have temporary solve this problem by replacing grub by lilo

my feeling is that bug is comming from acpi handling

with lilo at boot time acpi is not enabled ,lilo make this after,
and DVD is normaly detected

with grub at boot time acpi is enabled dvd is not seen

if at boot time you add keyword acpi=off on boot line dvd is detected, but it is bad for battery life because you have't acpi

jean Marc Thiault <petitlou60>
Fri 30 Apr 2010 07:22:20 AM UTC, comment #7: 

GRUB2 by default makes no direct access to hardware but goes through BIOS. So any such bug is clearly a BIOS one. GRUB triggers this bug by some legitimate action which causes your BIOS to go nuts. Can you retry with grub-install --disk-module=ata ?

Vladimir Serbinenko <phcoder>
Group administrator
Thu 15 Apr 2010 06:37:35 AM UTC, comment #6: 

And I'm sure it is not about BIOS or Firmware. Because if I only install windows in the ideapad , DVD-RW do works.

asdf <mayagamer>
Thu 15 Apr 2010 06:24:00 AM UTC, comment #5: 

I met the same problem.

asdf <mayagamer>
Fri 23 Jan 2009 09:18:33 AM UTC, comment #4: 

Updating the BIOS and Firmware does not fix the problem.

Nico Huysamen <nfhuysamen>
Sun 04 Jan 2009 01:53:59 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Due to bug in savannah this is a test to see if bug tracker emails are generated properly. Please check tracker for comments.

Vesa Jääskeläinen <chaac>
Group Member
Sun 04 Jan 2009 11:57:50 AM UTC, comment #2: 

Please look for updates BIOS or Firmware for your device. GRUB legacy and GRUB 2 uses primarliy BIOS to access devices. On GRUB 2 you can also try to use ata.mod instead of biosdisk.mod. This will cause GRUB 2 communicate directly with ATA controller.

Vesa Jääskeläinen <chaac>
Group Member
Mon 24 Nov 2008 11:02:47 AM UTC, comment #1: 

I have the same problem. I also have a Lenovo Ideapad Y710 with Optiarc DVD+/-R/RW drive. Whenever Grub is installed, renders my drive unusable in all installed operating systems. Also, same as the creator of this bug, my hdd led stays turned on until dvd drive opened and closed. This problem is not common to Ideapad's. I have read on numerous sites where people have exactly the same problem with different hardware. Please fix this asap.

Nico Huysamen <nfhuysamen>
Thu 13 Nov 2008 05:42:41 PM UTC, original submission:  

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Y710 with an Optiarc DVD+/-R/RW drive, and using GRUB (both GRUB2 and legacy, for what it's worth) does something to the drive that makes renders it inoperable.  Booting Ubuntu 8.04.1 using GRUB2 makes it so that there is not even a device entry for the drive, and nothing will automount either (CD or DVD).  There has been quite a lot of discussion about this in some of the forums (Debian and Ubuntu), and it happens with other vendors' drives as well (Nec comes to mind, and there have been others in the discussions).

The drive does work - I can boot from it using any of the live CDs, and it works when I boot directly into Vista by changing the boot order for the hard drives (I have two).

One other symptom is that using GRUB to boot the PC causes the drive activity light to stay on constantly until I open the DVD drive; the light then works normally, but the DVD drive never does.

Andy Anderson <sfcs>


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