So the third party SuperTalent SSD's that are marketed for net-book replacements are pretty poorly supported in Ubuntu. People have had problems from Intrepid, through Jaunty, Karmic and now Lucid!
It exhibits roughly the following symptoms:
Bootup is slow, some gnome application fail to load properly, and there are large pauses now and then when the drive is being soft-reset.
The associated dmesg output looks like:
The error is a "HSM Violation" which I have no idea the deep seated nature of . . . but there is a quick and dirty work around:
Depending on your version of linux the file that needs alteration has a different name. You can find it by running:
This turned up some rules about photosmart printers, but we are looking for a line about libata.
Open the file of interest, typically named one of these two:
There are three instances of the following line:
Comment out (add a # before) the one associated with libata (as described in the comments above the line in question) Reboot, and everything should work fine!
Here are the associated launchpad link, it sounds like a inline fix is in the pipes, but this can cause hard-drive damage! So fix it yourself ASAP!