Promise SATAII150 TX2plus ok for 6.0?

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Fri Feb 3 22:38:31 PST 2006

On 2/1/06, Ville Lundberg <freebsd at> wrote:
> Hi,
> being quite fed up with the crappy Sil3512 SATA-controller on my
> mainboard (write_dma timeouts, and just when I thought 6.0-release fixed
> it, "setfeatures set transfer mode semaphore timeout"-messages is
> filling my screens), I'm looking after good replacements. Browsing the
> web and the mailing list archives, Promise cards have been praised. I
> could get my hands on a SATAII150 TX2plus, anyone having good/bad
> experiences with such a card?

After I patched my FreeBSD 5.4 server with the ata-mkIII patches my
FastTrak TX2300 worked fine. Those patches are in FreeBSD 6 now. I'm
not sure if the RAID rebuild stuff is working yet in FreeBSD 6, I have
not updated that system yet, but you can always rebuild the array from
the BIOS.

The Bad:
This card does not play nice with other RAID controllers, esp. cards
from other companies. This card would hang my server at POST if I had
my HighPoint SATA-II RAID 5 card installed. Dealing with Promise's
tech support dude was bad, very bad. On the other hand when I spoke
with one of HighPoint's tech's (5pm on a Friday) he was both friendly
and competent, about 5 minutes in we had the problem with the Promise
card solved.

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