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    SubjectRe: SiI 3112A + Seagate HDs = still no go?
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    Hi Tejun,

    On 12 Aug 2005, at 12:28, Tejun Heo wrote:

    >
    > Hello, Chris.
    >
    > Chris Boot wrote:
    >
    >> On 12 Aug 2005, at 4:24, Tejun Heo wrote:
    >>
    >>> Chris Boot wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> Hi all,
    >>>> I just recently took the plunge and bought 4 250 GB Seagate
    >>>> drives and a 2 port Silicon Image 3112A controller card for the
    >>>> 2 drives my motherboard doesn't handle. No matter how hard I
    >>>> try, I can't get the hard drives to work: they are detected
    >>>> correctly and work reasonably well under _very_ light load,
    >>>> but anything like building a RAID array is a bit much and the
    >>>> whole controller seems to lock up.
    >>>> I've tried adding the drive to the blacklist in the sata_sil.c
    >>>> driver and I still have the same trouble: as you can see the
    >>>> messages below relate to my patched kernel with the blacklist
    >>>> fix. I've seen that this was discussed just yesterday, but
    >>>> that seemed to give nothing: http://www.ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/
    >>>> linux/ kernel/0508.1/0310.html
    >>>> Ready and willing to hack my kernel to pieces; this machine is
    >>>> no use until I get all the drives working! Needless to say
    >>>> the drives connected to the on-board VIA controller work fine,
    >>>> as do the drives currently on the SiI controller if I swap
    >>>> them around.
    >>>> Any ideas?
    >>>> TIA
    >>>> Chris
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> [added linux-ide to cc list]
    >>>
    >>> Can you please try w/ vanilla kernel (2.6.12 or 2.6.13-rc)?
    >>> And w/ one drive only?
    >>>
    >> I unplugged both drives from my on-board SATA controller and left
    >> just one connected to the 3112A controller. Rebooted with a
    >> fresh, vanilla 2.6.13-rc6 and ran:
    >>
    >
    > You can leave drives on on-board SATA controller. It wouldn't
    > make any difference.
    >
    >
    >> dd if=/dev/zero of=test.img bs=1M count=16384
    >> After about 30 seconds I got the crash and the kernel started
    >> repeating every 30 seconds (with different sector numbers):
    >> ata1: command 0x35 timeout, stat 0xd9 host_stat 0x1
    >> ata1: status=0xd9 { Busy }
    >> SCSI error : <0 0 0 0> return code = 0x80000002
    >> sda: Current: sense key=0xb
    >> ASC=0x47 ASCQ=0x0
    >> end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 14937602
    >> ATA: abnormal status 0xD9 on port E0802087
    >> ATA: abnormal status 0xD9 on port E0802087
    >> ATA: abnormal status 0xD9 on port E0802087
    >> dmesg:
    >> Linux version 2.6.13-rc6 (bootc@arcadia.bootc.net) (gcc version
    >> 3.3.5-20050130 (Gentoo 3.3.5.20050130-r1, ssp-3.3.5.20050130-1,
    >> pie-8.7.7.1)) #1 Fri Aug 12 12:31:25 BST 2005
    >> ...
    >> libata version 1.11 loaded.
    >> sata_sil version 0.9
    >> ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:0a.0[A] -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 177
    >> ata1: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE0802080 ctl 0xE080208A bmdma
    >> 0xE0802000 irq 177
    >> ata2: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE08020C0 ctl 0xE08020CA bmdma
    >> 0xE0802008 irq 177
    >> ata1: dev 0 cfg 49:2f00 82:346b 83:7d01 84:4023 85:3469 86:3c01
    >> 87:4023 88:207f
    >> ata1: dev 0 ATA, max UDMA/133, 488397168 sectors: lba48
    >> ata1: dev 0 configured for UDMA/100
    >> scsi0 : sata_sil
    >> ata2: no device found (phy stat 00000000)
    >> scsi1 : sata_sil
    >> Vendor: ATA Model: ST3250823AS Rev: 3.03
    >> Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 05
    >> sata_via version 1.1
    >> ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:0f.0[B] -> Link [ALKA] -> GSI 20
    >> (level, low) -> IRQ 169
    >> PCI: Via IRQ fixup for 0000:00:0f.0, from 11 to 9
    >> sata_via(0000:00:0f.0): routed to hard irq line 9
    >> ata3: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xB400 ctl 0xB802 bmdma 0xC400 irq 169
    >> ata4: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xBC00 ctl 0xC002 bmdma 0xC408 irq 169
    >> ata3: no device found (phy stat 00000000)
    >> scsi2 : sata_via
    >> ata4: no device found (phy stat 00000000)
    >> scsi3 : sata_via
    >> SCSI device sda: 488397168 512-byte hdwr sectors (250059 MB)
    >> SCSI device sda: drive cache: write back
    >> SCSI device sda: 488397168 512-byte hdwr sectors (250059 MB)
    >> SCSI device sda: drive cache: write back
    >> sda: sda1 sda2 sda3
    >> Attached scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
    >> Attached scsi generic sg0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0, type 0
    >> I forgot to mention previously but I even tried with "noapic
    >> nolapic acpi=off pci=routeirq" and got the same trouble.
    >>
    >
    > This is weird as ST3250823AS (and all Seagate .8 drives) are known
    > to work without any problem with sii 3112/3114. I currently don't
    > own such a drive but someone confirmed me that ST3250823AS works w/
    > sii 3114 without any problem (including bonnie++ results and all).
    > So, I don't think it's the good old mod15write problem.
    >
    > I hope it's just a bad hardware, cable or something like that;
    > otherwise, you're hitting a new bug. Can you verify if the drive
    > works under windows?

    Well, what piqued my interest is that the same drives work fine on my
    on-board sata_via controller. All 4 drives were bought at the same
    time and *seem* to be from the same batch, and all work fine on the
    VIA controller and none work on the 3112A. I've also tried different
    cables, all of which are Belkin which I thought were decent quality.

    I'll just try installing Winblows and let you know.

    Many thanks,
    Chris

    --
    Chris Boot
    bootc@bootc.net
    http://www.bootc.net/


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