Help: Asus P5WD2 mobo and ITE IDE controller problem

Murray Taylor MTaylor at
Sun Nov 13 23:59:18 GMT 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roland Smith [mailto:rsmith at] 
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2005 at 10:13:51AM +1100, Murray Taylor wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I have had a system configured using this mobo and have hit a
> > showstopper.
> > 
> > The HDD (a seagate 330GB IDE) have been connected to the ITE IDE
> > controller
> > while the DVDrom has been connected to the primary IDE controller. 
> > 
> > It seems that the ITE device is a RAID controller, and the BIOS and
> > the 5.4 FreeBSD installer dont see the HDD at all.  Which 
> > is not very useful!
> The ASUS site doesn't mention what type the ITE controller 
> is. According
> to the ata(4) manual page, only the IT8211F and IT8212F are supported.
> But according to the motherboard layout drawing in the manual, it is
> indeed a IT8211F, so it should be supported. Are you sure it 
> is enabled?

I believe that it is 'enabled' in that there is a momentary flash
of the ITE scanning and I think the disk is found as I reckon I
can catch something like this

??? 0: ST3300????      UDMA?
??? 1:
??? 2:
??? 3:

where the ? are characters I havent caught.

But it never appears in the BIOS report. And the installer certainly 
doesnt talk to it at all.

> > The mobo has a SATA port as well, and the question is
> > 
> > Does 5.4 support SATA drives for install? 
> Yes.
> Roland
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