View Full Version : [ubuntu] ADMA Timeout

November 18th, 2008, 08:52 PM
So for the second time in as many months I've had issues with ADMA timouts during boot up. The first time, I replaced my hard-drive, and it seemed to fix the issue, but I am not inclined to do it now.

I have a segate barracuda 160 GB harddrive and an LanParty nforce 4 board mainboard running a completely updated version of Hardy Heron. When I bootup in recovery mode, the prompt freezes and I get stuck at these two lines:

ata-5:Timeout waiting for ADMA IDLE
ata-5:Timeout waiting for ADMA LEGACY

Now I know that there is a way to disable ADMA using boot commands, but how? Also, what will that do to my system?

November 18th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Have you tried:


on the kernel line of grub?


November 18th, 2008, 10:09 PM
Tried that, but it just gives me a line saying:

sata_nv.adma=0 unknown boot option; ignoring.

November 19th, 2008, 01:52 AM
Also, does this perhaps indicate a larger issue with my harddrive? My XP partition runs fine, but the bug did not pop up after an update. The last time this happened, XP decided to start blue-screening a few days later.