sil3112a SATA Controller, current status
sos at DeepCore.dk
Thu Nov 18 13:30:13 PST 2004
Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> I am trying to pin down problems "FAILURE - WRITE_DMA timed out"
> in a new PC that I have. I had some local shop build this for me,
> and apparently there were "a few" miscommunications in what I
> thought I asked for, and what they actually built.
> The machine ended up with two SATA controllers:
> atapci0: <SiI 3112 SATA150 controller> -- on the motherboard
> atapci1: <VIA 6420 SATA150 controller> -- on a PCI card
I think its the other way around, the VIA chip is part of the
motherboard chipset, the SiI is a "loose" PCI compatible chip.
> The hard disk is connected to the PCI card. Would that be more
> reliable quality hardware than the SiI3112?
I'd say so.
> Also, the disk is a Western Digital WDC WD1200JD-00GBB0/02.05D02
> 120-gig drive. I *thought* I was ordering a Seagate drive, but it is
> quite likely that there was some confusion on that. Would that Western
> Digital SATA drive be a problem? I do have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7
> hard drive that I could use (after shuffling a few things around).
From observation I'd say that those drives that are native SATA devices
has significantly less problems than those that arent.
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