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    Karmic bricked my EEE900

    I'm not trying to sound dramatic. I'm not a newbie. My EEE900 is bricked because of trying to install Karmic. This is a version of Bug 387272 in Launchpad made extreme by my persistence in trying to to get Karmic installed.

    The problem: my two SSD drives are locked or dead. Fdisk and gparted in Crunchbang 9.04 doesn't even see them. Crunchbang and Ubuntu 9.04 install partitioner can "see" the drives, but I get I/O errors when it tries to format for install. Even a live USB of Gparted only sees the USB drive it's booting from.

    The history: Tried installing Karmic NBR. All sorts of errors on reboot. Third reboot GRUB error. Reinstall on the 16gb drive. Same errors on GRUB after a reboot or two. Try again. Try installing Jaunty, then upgrading. Same problem. Now I am where I am.

    Where I am now: my $500 computer is a doorstop right now. This is entirely Karmic's doing. This is not a preexisting hardware issue. Karmic or its kernel did something fundamentally evil and seemingly permanent to my hardware.

    Other issues: Launchpad still doesn't think this is a big problem. No one in the Ubuntu IRC channel had any interest in helping. This is more than disappointing, this is infuriating. How can a bug this big make it to release? Am I really out the cost of two new SSD drives to get my computer working again?

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    Re: Karmic bricked my EEE900

    did you try to zero them?

    Code:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/?
    replace "?" with the drive, use "fdisk -l" if you don't know.

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    Re: Karmic bricked my EEE900

    $500 for a 900???

    Have you tried removing and reinstalling the SSDs?

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    Re: Karmic bricked my EEE900

    sgonsnell: a last resort has been to take them out and getting them somehow connected to my desktop (SCSI-USB adapter maybe?)... but I've never really touched the insides of a laptop before. How would taking them out and back in fix anything that a BIOS flash wouldn't? I'll try it anyway - it couldn't possibly be more broken. BTW, it was $500 the week it came out in Hong Kong.

    Kerry_s, fdisk doesn't work. Using my best guesses:
    crunchbang@crunchbang:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda1
    dd: writing to `/dev/sda1': No space left on device
    1016905+0 records in
    1016904+0 records out
    520654848 bytes (521 MB) copied, 4.37777 s, 119 MB/s
    crunchbang@crunchbang:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb1
    dd: writing to `/dev/sdb1': No space left on device
    1+0 records in
    0+0 records out
    0 bytes (0 B) copied, 0.0013325 s, 0.0 kB/s
    crunchbang@crunchbang:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb
    dd: writing to `/dev/sdb': Input/output error
    1+0 records in
    0+0 records out
    0 bytes (0 B) copied, 1.41622 s, 0.0 kB/s
    crunchbang@crunchbang:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda
    dd: writing to `/dev/sda': Input/output error
    1+0 records in
    0+0 records out
    0 bytes (0 B) copied, 0.146045 s, 0.0 kB/s

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    Re: Karmic bricked my EEE900

    Resetting the connectors might fix a poor connection. Not likely, but possible. The SSDs in the the 900s are cheap, and they have been problematic for a lot of people. Mine pretty much died, and I replaced it with a 32GB SSD from Newegg for not a lot of money, and I'm happy with it.

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