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Old 07-24-2003, 01:30 PM   #1
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Cool Serial ATA on SuSE 8.x


Hi.

First of all, I admit that I'm a damn windows user, but I like Linux & Solaris a lot. )
My problem is that SuSE Linux 8.1 Prof can't detect my SATA-controller. The installation on my old pc worked fine, otherwise it doesn't work on my new one. I have Silicon Image Sil 3112 SATARaid controller onboard on my ASUS board. Can anybody help me and explain how I can make the installer find my controller?

I'm really thankful for any help.

regards
thomas
 
Old 07-24-2003, 03:23 PM   #2
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mabey this will help

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/51535
 
Old 07-26-2003, 04:10 PM   #3
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???

Thnx for the help, but to be honest, that didn't help me much. Can anyone tell me where I can find the driver and what I am supposed to do with it? I guess I've to copy it onto a cd and load it before starting the installation, right? Must the format of this disk be a Linux or can it be choosen - will the installer mount it automatically?
Please help me, I'm stuck.


Greets&Thnx
thomas
 
Old 07-26-2003, 04:58 PM   #4
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I think the "drivers" are only for optimization of the drive. The controller should be seen by the installer no problem. If I understand your questioin your installer isn't seeing the device at all. If that's the case I would suggest checking your bios settings, try and boot with the controller. I installed with the same controller and had no problems but I set the bios to boot to it by default before I started.

The bios is especially suspect if, like you indicated, you installed the same hardware and OS in an older system.
 
Old 07-27-2003, 09:42 AM   #5
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You need to be running kernel 2.4.21 or later to get SiI3112 support.
 
Old 07-27-2003, 12:11 PM   #6
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Older kernels (2.2, older 2.4) should recognize it as a drive and install fine. However, the DMA and other optimizations will have to be turned off, essentially handicaping the drive.
The initial post said the installer was not even recognizing the drive, that sounds like a bios/hardware problem.
 
Old 07-27-2003, 06:10 PM   #7
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No, thats a problem caused by the kernel not even knowing there is a drive attached to a chip that it has no support for.
You will need to create/find a boot disk with sii3112 support to install, I had to find one before I could install slackware 9 to my sata drive.
 
Old 07-27-2003, 06:43 PM   #8
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ok, but I installed with no problem on the chipset with kernels older than 2.4.21 (I don't think I'm imagining that it works). Look at the original post, he installed on one PC using the SATA card and dirve - no problem. Then he used the same OS, same SATA card and same drive and it's not working on a different box. My guess is that it's a bios problem.

If you want to eliminate the OS as the problem try suse 8.2 instead of 8.1. Other posters have had luck installing SATA RAID on this chipset with 8.2 (kernel 2.4.19 by the way).
 
Old 07-28-2003, 01:28 PM   #9
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The problem is that it is an onboard controller (asus board) card as i guess. I didn't change any bios settings concerning the controller and the mode at all. One mentioned that a boot disk with sil 3112 support might help, but actually, I neither know where to get it nor how to create it. Furthermore, I don't have any chance to test the 8.2 version for sil3112 support.
But if I turn of any optimization settings like DMA wouldn't it slow down the performance of my device?
Can anyone give me so hot hints and tips?

Thnx to all for the help so far.

best regards,

thomas

Last edited by mcerror; 07-28-2003 at 01:32 PM.
 
Old 08-01-2003, 05:30 PM   #10
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Hi Thomas

I have 2 suggestions:

1) Set the DMA mode of the disks since this is not done automatically in Linux for the SiI 3112 - run the commands:
hdparm -d 1 -X66 /dev/hde
hdparm -d 1 -X66 /dev/hdg

Or whatever the drive letters are (a and c if you have disabled the internal Nvidia drives).

If you want to use RAID to combine several drives, there is currently no driver in Linux that works, but I have written one and you can download it from my Linux page at http://www.infowares.com/linux/

You can mail me at the addres found there if you need help.

Regards,

Thomas

Last edited by thh; 08-02-2003 at 09:37 AM.
 
  


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