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SubjectRe: Repeatable File Corruption (ECS K7S5A w/SIS735)

Daniela,

I just love it when you bust my crops, dear ;-)
How about some init code to resolve the problem?

Cheers,

On Fri, 26 Oct 2001, Daniela Engert wrote:

> On Thu, 25 Oct 2001 22:21:47 -0400 (EDT), dan wrote:
>
> > It is repeatable and verified on other boards of the same model. This
> >just started happening when I upgraded the system. The following is a
> >link to the ECS K7S5A board in question, the SIS735 chipset, and a
>
> > hda: ST36421A, ATA DISK drive
> > hdb: QUANTUM FIREBALLP LM10.2, ATA DISK drive
> > hdc: IC35L060AVER07-0, ATA DISK drive
>
> >The problem only went away when I replaced the motherboard. I also
> >haven't had any file corruption issues running Windows2000 on the same
> >hardware with the same files. I moved all of the hardware in the original
> >system to a new motherboard (ASUS A7A266) and the problem went away.
>
> >I have CC'd the IDE chipset maintainer because I can only assume it might
> >be related.
>
> It very likely is. The current Linux SiS IDE driver doesn't initialize
> the the EIDE controller in the SiS735 (and most likely all other
> ATA/100 capable members, too) correctly.
>
> The SiS735 IDE cycle timing registers have a layout that is different
> from the older predecessors!
>
> >From my experiences, drivers taking this not into account *do* actually
> work most of the time even if the timing of the layer 0 communication
> protocol is wrong, but fail mysteriously sometimes. Andre needs to
> update the SiS5513 code.
>
> Ciao,
> Dani
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Daniela Engert, systems engineer at MEDAV GmbH
> Gräfenberger Str. 34, 91080 Uttenreuth, Germany
> Phone ++49-9131-583-348, Fax ++49-9131-583-11
>
>

Andre Hedrick
CTO ASL, Inc.
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