SiI3112 SATA controller problems - status
rwatson at freebsd.org
Sun Nov 30 11:42:49 PST 2003
On Sun, 30 Nov 2003, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-01-30 at 09:43, HaggeL wrote:
> > Hi Guys :)
> > Sorry if i waste your time. I®m a freeBSD noob and need some help.
> > I want to install freeBSD in januar and have some problems. I want to
> > buy me a new harddrive, a serial ATA one, because i got the "Silicon
> > ImageR Sil 3112A-Controller" onboard (Asus A7N8X Motherboard). I
> > didn®t find a driver in the Hardware Notes of FreeBSD 5.1, and on the
> > Producer homepage are only ready Linuxkernels avaible
> > (http://188.8.131.52/display/2n/searchDirect/?searchString=Sil+3112A&searchType=allwords&searchby=keywords&r=0.8157617).
> > So can anyone tell me if i can get a SATA disk run? I don®t want to
> > boot from it, just read and write. Buying a new disk only for windows
> > use is wasted money
> We're having a pretty lengthy discussion about these controllers on this
> list right now. I suggest you read the archives. Bottom line, the
> controller is supported, but it's problematic. The ATA maintainer has
> working controllers, but there are those of us that experience data
> corruption, and at least one user that can't use his drive at all when
> connected to said controller.
I believe a workaround was recently committed to improve behavior on older
cards using that chipset. Specifically the following change to
date: 2003/11/28 19:01:28; author: sos; state: Exp; lines: +6 -2
Workaround for errata on early versions of the sii3112.
Approved by: re@
Does this make any difference in your configuration?
Robert N M Watson FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at fledge.watson.org Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research
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