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Old 08-24-2004, 03:45 AM   #1
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SuSE 9.1, SIS 964 SATA, HItachi 160GB disks, kernel upgrade?

I have been off and on with this machine for several weeks and it's becoming quite frustrating.

2-160GB SATA disks, 1-40GB ATA disk

I'm attempting to get suse 9.1 to work correctly on one of the 2 SATA drives I have in this machine. The motherboard has onboard SATA with the SIS 964 chipset. According to several places I've looked this should have support in the 2.6.6 kernel (and some earlier kernels). The current kernel I have is 2.6.5-7.104-smp.

The bios sees the drives (though they don't show as any master or slave but I don't think they are supposed to). Windows sees the disks, but Linux doesn't seem to want to recognize them. In the Yast-Disk controller configuration, I show an Elitegroup IDE interface and the sata_sis as the module being used. Is this just for the ATA disk and not the SATA?

Do I need to compile and install the kernel and see if that doesn't work or do I need to take a different route. I need this machine working and finished so any help/suggestions are appreciated.
Old 08-28-2004, 10:22 PM   #2
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take a look.
it is almost the same prob

also you may know how to do a kernel rebuild but you may learn some things from this person >>>

and yes the SATA drives are not pri or sec they are however recognized first as hde & hdg then when mounted they are sda and sdb. They do use much the same way of recognition from what I gather as SCSI do.

I have been trying to use Mandrake 10.0 with kernel 2.6.3 with also two others 2.6.7 and 2.6.8.
there is support in both of those but as of yet I am unsuccessfull to boot from my SATA 160GB HDs.

I have the same SATA driver chip on a ASUS P4S800D-E Deluxe MB. It has 4 sata ports and Gb ethernet built-in.
if you strike big and find a way to boot your box with the SATA drives, please drop me a line.


Last edited by quantumsized; 08-29-2004 at 02:54 PM.
Old 08-31-2004, 12:38 AM   #3
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Ok Here is how it goes as far as making your SATA drives usable as data-drives (in other words not to boot from).
first download a copy of the linux-2.6.7.tar.gz do a make mrproper then make menuconfig or what ever you prefer as an interface, under device drivers > SCSI > SCSI lowlevel drivers select the SiS 964 linke so <*> so that it is built-in to the kernel support then what ever else you wish to configure such as processor for HyperThreding or the such.
then make a bzImage, an initrd-VERSION.img, so on modify your bootloader lilo or grub to have the new kernel as an option and give it a try. As for booting from the SATA drives....I am still working on that


P.S. .......... follow these steps and all should go well


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