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slow boot in opensuse 11.2 due to a hdd issue ( >4min )

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http://forums.opensuse.org – hello guys, first some background: i was very cautious in installing 11.2; i had previously evaluated sled10sp3, it was great but for some reason it never connected to a dhcp server to get the internet. my fear from installing 11.2 was that i blindly trusted lilo for years as my boot loader (dual booting with xp) so i took the chance and installed 11.2 with lilo. didn't work; so i went back and installed graphical grub; didn't work either; then installed the system again but with the option "use trusted grub" (which is a text-only boot loader) which worked like a charm on my system. the thing is, that my system overall boots quickly, except in the part when it starts detecting the hard-disk; which takes 4 minutes detecting the disk and partitions. when it "fails" detecting or doing something with the disk, it continues to boot rapidly then. My system specs: - opensuse 11.2 & xp - default kernel 2.6.31.5-.0.1 using gnome desktop 2.28 - amd athlon 64 x2 dual core processor - 2.5Gb Ram - integrated 256mb nvidia geforce 6100 nforce 430 graphic card (nvidia linux driver version 190.42) - MB model: nvidia MCP61 motherboard - 40gb maxtor IDE-HDD (/dev/sda, kernel driver= pata_amd) partitions: sda6 swap (227mb) sda7 /boot ext3 (298mb) sda8 /home xfs (10gb) sda9 / xfs (8gb) i am adding the start-up log file (/var/log/boot.msg) please check the number beginning with "<4>[22.701043] ata1: lost interrupt (Status 0x58)" as the slow down starts there until it gets to "<4>[244.918796] sda1 sda2 <sda5 sda6 sda7 sda8 sda9>" when it resumes quickly from there to complete the boot process. all i can say, is that 11.2 is a fantastic, wonderful & very stable distribution. Thanks for taking the time to look into my problem in order to get a normal boot time. <OF> (Distributions)