View Full Version : [ubuntu] Slow resume after harddisk upgrade (Seagate Momentus 7200.3)

August 21st, 2008, 10:56 AM

since I upgraded the hard disk of my Thinkpad T61 to a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 the system needs a long time to resume after suspending. The message


is displayed after several seconds of inactivity. Thereafter, resuming continues normally. Dmesg displays the following error message:

kernel: [ 3.647374] ata3: port is slow to respond, please be patient (Status 0x80).

Resuming in Windows Vista works fine without delay. The problem does also not occur in Ubuntu when the SATA controller is set to "Compatibility Mode" (BIOS).

I had a similar problem some time ago with the old hard disk when resuming with activated SATA power management, However, the current problem also occurs when SATA power management is disabled.

I suspect that the hard drive might not be properly recognized by the kernel as dmesg shows only SATA I speed (1.5 GB/s) although to my knowledge both T61 and the Seagate hard disk should support SATA II. NCQ seems to be properly activated. Deactivating it by "echo 1 > /sys/block/sda/device/queue_depth" did not help.

I already reported the problem here:


but it does not seem to have a high priority :(. Therefore, I am hoping to get help here.

Does anybody have a similar problem and know a workaround? Should the hard disk not be connected with 3 GB/s? Would it be an issue to just change the SATA mode in BIOS to "Compatibility"?

Many thanks in advance!

Karl Martin