SiI 3112 time out problems and suggestions for a good sata controller.

Heinz Suez malagana15 at
Thu Jan 5 09:04:41 PST 2006

Silicon Image sata chipsets have a really bad reputation with FreeBSD and other OS. I recommend a highpoint controller.

Vulpes Velox <v.velox at> escribió:  My plans are to get a new one. Unfurnately can't sell it, because it
is built onto the board. I am currently working on picking a good
one. Don't need RAID though, I plan to implement that using GEOM
later on.

Any opinions on if I should worry about corruption with those
occasional messages till then?

On Thu, 5 Jan 2006 06:01:38 +0100 (CET)
Heinz Suez wrote:

> Hi. I had the same problem a month ago with the same controller.
> The problem was that i bought this pci sata controller with the
> sil3112 for an old computer (dual p3 550, 512mb ram pc133, pci
> 2.1), so the transfer rate & buffer was higher than the mother
> board was able to other words, the sata controller
> (the sil3121 chipset i mean) was not 100% backwards compatible with
> pci 2.1 when it should be. I tried this controller with a brand new
> computer and worked just fine with lots of hdd's. Now, you have 2
> solutions: Sell the controller if it's a pci card or buy a more
> expensive card with a different chipset. There're a lot of sata
> chipsets that support pci 2.1 or older computers, i have seen lots
> of users running sata raid at full speed on p2 machines. Good luck.
> Vulpes Velox escribió: I am getting entries
> like this in dmesg. ad10: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA retrying (2 retries
> left) LBA=355277839 ad10: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA retrying (2 retries
> left) LBA=358666287
> smartctl -t long /dev/ad10 shows it to be good though. The results
> from the times I have run it show it completing successfully every
> time. I believe I have no reason to suspect a bad disk and it just a
> crappy chip. From what I have read in the mailing list archives, I
> believe this to be true. Any one have any opinions otherwise on this
> or the like?
> The machine this is running on has releng_5 on it.
> I was wondering if any one had any suggestions on a good for a good
> sata pci card that preferably has 4 connectors on it.
> SiI 3112 sysctl entry if any one is curious.
> dev.atapci.1.%desc: SiI 3112 SATA150 controller
> dev.atapci.1.%driver: atapci
> dev.atapci.1.%location: slot=11 function=0
> dev.atapci.1.%pnpinfo: vendor=0x1095 device=0x3112 subvendor=0x1095
> subdevice=0x6112 class=0x010400 dev.atapci.1.%parent: pci1
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