Any successful installs on a Broadcom HT1000 chipset?

Travis Mikalson bofh at
Wed Nov 21 10:24:22 PST 2007

Freddie Cash wrote:
> On November 21, 2007 04:26 am Barney Cordoba wrote:
>> It would be a major 
>> black eye to the project to say "FreeBSD 7 is
>> released, but BTW, if you have a supermicro or tyan
>> opteron system it won't work at all".
> The HT1000 is only 1 of the Opteron chipsets available from Tyan, and it's 
> only available on their 1 socket boards (the Tomcats).  The dual- and 
> quad- socket boards either use AMD or AMD+nVidia chipsets (Socket 
> 939/940), or nVidia chipsets (Socket AM2).  Out of their entire lineup, 
> the HT1000 makes up maybe 10% of the chipsets used by Tyan.
> I'd hardly call that a "black eye".  And it's only the onboard SATA 
> controller that has issues.  Pop in a proper RAID controller, and it's no 
> longer an issue.

Hate to sound like a broken record but that's exactly what I did and I 
ran into the same nasty data corruption problem on that controller, too. 
That was a little frustrating.

atapci0 at pci0:2:3:0:     class=0x010000 card=0x11ab11ab chip=0x608111ab 
rev=0x09 hdr=0x00
     vendor     = 'Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd)'
     device     = 'MV88SX6081 8-port SATA II PCI-X Controller'
     class      = mass storage
     subclass   = SCSI

I don't want a hardware RAID or a "software RAID" controller, I just 
want normal SATA ports with no RAID so I can use ZFS :)

I find myself much preferring ZFS to any other data management solution 
I have ever used, including 3ware hardware RAID which was my previous 

Another thing I haven't tried yet is a 3ware 9500 series PCI-X 
controller in my HT1000 board's PCI-X slot to see if that's also broken 
or if it's just a PCI-X + ata(4) specific problem.

I'll reply with the result of that when I get to trying it out.

>> Someone was complaining 2 years ago that they didn't
>> have hardware to do the work. Is the FreeBSD project
>> really so poorly funded that they can't get their
>> hands on a $150 motherboard for 2 years?
> Ever considered sending one in?  :)

I am considering it. Are any reputable FreeBSD developers interested in 
this problem that could benefit from having the problematic hardware in 
their posession?

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