Problems with PCI SATA controller (bug in ATA driver? both ATAng and ATAmkIII)

Thomas Hurst tom.hurst at
Mon Oct 24 00:50:15 PDT 2005

* Brooks Davis (brooks at wrote:
> The SII3112 is a piece of crap that won't work reliably.  Order
> something better (Soren recommends Promise cards).

Are all Promise cards currently supported?  Even their 8/16+ port
"SATA-II" RAID6 cards?  PCI-Express?  The list of supported controllers
suggests it maxes out at some of their more basic 4 port cards, but
maybe the bigger cards just have multiple controller chips?

The ata manpage could use a little more detail on this; if nothing else,
it should have an asterisk next to the chipsets that aren't expected to
work reliably, like the entire SiI range :)

Thomas 'Freaky' Hurst

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