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Old 01-23-2014, 08:41 PM   #1
karabot
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Issue with Slackware64 Installation on ASRock z77 Extreme 4 and SATA3


Hello all,

I make this post to share my experience with installing Slackware64 14.1 on my system. Speaking of which these are the specs:
i5-3570K @ 3.4GHz
ASRock z77 Extreme 4
AMD Radeon HD7870
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (on board video)
SSD Crucial Neutron 480Gig
HD Western Digital 1Tera.

I have being trying to install Slackware64 14.1 for a couple of days now. I finally got it done today but only after I switched my SSD and DVD drive from SATA3 to SATA2. Anyone, knows why SATA3 is not properly supported?


Here's all the details and steps I performed to make my fresh install:
Booting from the slack64 DVD resulting in getting stuck at "Triggering udev events: /sbin/udevadm ...". I did try with an Archlinux install disk I had lying around and also I did not go far.
The issues with Archlinux were initially due to my Radeon graphic adapter where I was getting "drm:radeon_uvd_send_upll_ctrlreq..." messages and also hanging. I decided to take the Radeon out. At this point Slackware still got stuck in the same place, while Arclinux progressed further but now displayed issues with my SATA controllers.
This made me switch my drives to SATA2 from SATA3. Slackware now booted properly and I was able to install slack on my HD.
I did not bother adding support for my Radeon yet since I have the luxury of the onboard video which seems to be working perfectly so far. Have you guys experienced issues with Radeons 7870 drivers?

The final issue was with my mouse . I have a Logitech G9x which can have up to 3 profiles. I was trying to press the middle-button to paste from my terminal and all I kept getting was "s" single characters. I was perplexed for a few minutes--I thought I misconfigured gpm but all was fine. Then I switched to the first profile (red) and all started working again fine.

Cheers,
George
 
Old 01-24-2014, 05:46 AM   #2
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kernel shipped with 64 14.1 supports sata3, but i think it's related to hardware model

Code:
# lspci | grep SATA
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
Code:
# lspci -k -s 00:1f.2
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
        Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard
        Kernel driver in use: ahci
Code:
# dmesg | grep SATA
[    0.489887] aic94xx: Adaptec aic94xx SAS/SATA driver version 1.0.3 loaded
[    0.494223] LSI 3ware SAS/SATA-RAID Controller device driver for Linux v3.26.02.000.
[    0.495294] ahci 0000:00:1f.2: AHCI 0001.0300 32 slots 6 ports 6 Gbps 0x1 impl SATA mode
[    0.497046] ata1: SATA max UDMA/133 abar m2048@0xfa205000 port 0xfa205100 irq 45
[    0.803207] ata1: SATA link up 6.0 Gbps (SStatus 133 SControl 300)
 
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:02 AM   #3
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Greetz
Do you have UEFI set to "legacy bios compatibility"? and SATA to AHCI? Set like this, I have no problems on exact mobo.
 
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:10 AM   #4
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Thank you both for the replies!

Quote:
Originally Posted by enorbet View Post
Greetz
Do you have UEFI set to "legacy bios compatibility"? and SATA to AHCI? Set like this, I have no problems on exact mobo.
I did not see an option on my bios that has a UEFI compatibility mode.

I did see the SATA options though and here's what I have:
SATA Mode Selection = AHCI
ASMedia SATA3 Mode = AHCI

Moreover, these are the storeage reports:
SATA3_0 = DVD
SATA3_1 = empty
SATA2_2 = SSD
SATA2_3 = HD
SATA2_[4+] = empty
SATA3_A1 = empty
SATA3_A2 = empty

Originally both my SSD and DVD were connected to SATA3_A1 and SATA3_A2 respectively--it is in this configuration that my Slack64 14.1 DVD hangs and ArchLinux boot CD hang (I have not retried restoring the connections once I installed Slack64). I will try setting my SSD on the SATA3_1 connector and see how it goes.

Would you know what is the difference between SATA3_A[0|1] and SATA3_[0|1]?

Thanks again,
George
 
Old 01-25-2014, 06:21 PM   #5
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taken from user manual http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%2...e4/?cat=Manual :

Quote:
This motherboard adopts Intel Z77 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response Technology) functions for SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 connectors. ASMedia ASM1061 chipset supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks for SATA3_A0 and SATA3_A1 connectors.
shorter way: two controllers, two drivers needed
 
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:40 PM   #6
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Thank you Dave! It makes sense. I should have given a closer look on my UEFI storage settings the first time around and then read the manual a little closer .
Cheers,
George
 
  


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