Hi, I have an Abit Nforce 7 S motherboard and am using a SATA adapter on my existing harddrive. (i know there might not be much point in it - but I have windows on the drive and for some weird reason it won't boot if I swap it back to a plain old IDE drive - and I'm not in the mood to redoo a 5 month install all over again).
Well anyhoo I keep getting this error message during boot:
hde: sata_error = 0x00000000, watchdog = 0, siimage_mmio_ide_dma_test_irq
The message is repeated over and over maybe 50 times - kind of like what you would see during a panic - although in this instance it eventually seems to stop and then booting continues as normal.
I did a search (somewhat unusually perhaps) and found this message on the Linux Kernel archives of a possible workaround:
The driver needs to have "drive->id->hw_config |= 0x6000;" added in
siimagemask... for the device id only.
This commits a LIE, but so what.
We just tell the driver that SATA does not care about cable detect.
The question is, how do I do this? I mean if I have to pass some perameters to the SATA driver, where exactly do I write them?
Also I'm something of a Slackware n00b, so could anybody kindly tell me how I get my preferred drivers to load during boot time? I mean what do I have to do exactly if for example I wanted to get the 'radeon' driver to load during boot time?
In any case my impressions of Slackware 10 are mixed.
The main improvement seems to have been in terms of speed - as it certainly feels quite responsive.
However I am extremely dissaponted that there is no 2.6x Kernel included. I undstood that it wasn't included as default, but I thought I would at least be able to select it as an option during the install.
This means a huge amount of buggering about, downloading compiling the kernel and whatnot in the hope that if/when I do, I can still get everything to work.
Slackware 10 also seems unable to get my audigy 2.0 soundcard to work via digital out (I have unmuted everything in alsamixer and added myself to the audio group) and I still have no accelerated video. I know ATI's fglrx driversare propriatory, but hell for once I wish there was a simple way to download and install them. So all in all this pretty much represents zero progress (beyond some minor graphical refinements) in the 2 and a half years I have been using Linux.
All in all, a very dissapointing experience.
I possibly wouldn't bother, except that I paid for my Slackware CDs this time - so it's not like I'm just bitching while doing nothing to support them.
Any input anyone can offer would be very much appreciated.