[Debian-eeepc-devel] boot halts when SD card is inside slot

elijah r. elijahr at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 18:20:07 UTC 2008

I had the exact same issue, with an 8gb SD card on my EeePc 701.

I thought my SD card was bad, but its not.  I haven't written anything
to the card since I reformatted it, and the problem went away.
Reading your account, I have a feeling that the issue will return if I
write to the card again.  Very strange.


On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 1:03 PM, Pedro Gapski <pbgapski at gmail.com> wrote:
> hi all,
> I have been hit by a weird problem, and I hope someone can help me
> understand what is going on and maybe put some light on it. Please be kind
> to me if this is not the right list to ask ;-)
> I run debian testing on my eee pc 701. The box has one sd slot, and I have a
> transcend 16Gb sd card on it. When the card was new and empty, the system
> would boot with no problems with the card inside the slot. However, after I
> started writing to it, when I boot the system, it halts after hal starts
> with a read error on the card, and a hard boot is required. If I boot
> without the card in, everything goes fine.
> My first guess was a bad sd card. I reformated it, used badblocks -w on it,
> and no problems were found. After the card was formated (and empty), the
> system would boot without problems.
> However, as soon as I started writing to it, when I reboot I get the same
> read errors again.
> If, however, I plug the card after system boot, I can use it without
> problems. I just tried to read it all to make sure:
> gapski at revo:~$ dd bs=1024  if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/null
> 15694336+0 records in
> 15694336+0 records out
> 16071000064 bytes (16 GB) copied, 967.822 s, 16.6 MB/s
> Any ideas? I would love to understand what is going on here...
> Pedro
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