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I've just installed new ASRock B75M-ITX Mainboard and fresh Ubuntu 12.04 on it.

During the boot, there is a 20 to 40 seconds pause when goa-daemon is starting (/var/log/syslog):

Jul  7 11:13:28 sirius goa[1933]: goa-daemon version 3.4.0 starting [main.c:112, main()]
Jul  7 11:13:51 sirius kernel: [  102.771893] ata3.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen

Any ideas what is wrong and how should I proceed trouble-shooting this?

EDIT: Thank you for the tip regarding ATA. I've found following in the logs:

Jul  8 10:54:20 sirius kernel: [    6.007532] ata1: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
Jul  8 10:54:20 sirius kernel: [   10.648618] ata1: COMRESET failed (errno=-16)

The problem vanished when I've reconnected the Intel G1 SSD from SATA3 to SATA2 connector.

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The source is most probably not goa-daemon but a delay/error in accessing your hard drive:

ata3.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen

ata/frozen typically appears after a drive fails to respond and the kernel has tried/re-tried the operation a few times, which may explain the 20-40 second wait.

To troubleshoot further, please pastebin the content or output of the following commands/files (instructions in this answer): file(s): /var/log/kern.log, /var/log/syslog and command(s): dmesg.

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