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SubjectRe: libata-pata with ICH4, rootfs
Alistair John Strachan ( said: 
> > > Is it possible to use pata_mpiix (or pata_oldpiix) with an ICH4 IDE
> > > controller and boot off it?
> >
> > ata_piix (the SATA/PATA driver) deals with the ICH4. pata_mpiix is
> > specifically for the Intel MPIIX laptop chipset and pata_oldpiix
> > explicitly for the original PIIX chipset and none of the later ones.
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but SATA wasn't available on ICH4. Only 5 and
> greater. The kernel help text agrees with me.
> My IDE controller usually works with CONFIG_BLK_DEV_PIIX; I was interested in
> using your pata_xxx drivers in replacement, assuming there was support.

pata_xxx is for older PIIX, not ICH4. ICH* is handled by ata_piix, which
can drive both SATA *and* PATA in the new kernels. In fact:

[notting@nostromo: ~]$ lspci | grep IDE
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 01)
[notting@nostromo: ~]$ dmesg | grep ata
ata_piix 0000:00:1f.1: version 2.00ac6
ata1: PATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0x1F0 ctl 0x3F6 bmdma 0x1860 irq 14
ata2: PATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0x170 ctl 0x376 bmdma 0x1868 irq 15
[notting@nostromo: ~]$ uname -r

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