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Old 06-13-2006, 02:07 AM   #1
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SATA - Unable to see disks (SiI 3114)

I just installed an Addonics Multilane 4X SATA RAID PCI controller which uses a Silicon Image SiI 3114 chipset (PCI to 4 Port SATA150).

I compiled a Linux kernel (Slackware), compiling all the necessary devices drivers:

Device Drivers > SCSI device support > SCSI low-level drivers > Silicon Image SATA support (NEW)

Note: My attempt basically mirrors the attempt made here:

Here's my 'dmesg'...

# dmesg

libata version 1.20 loaded.
sata_sil 0000:05:04.0: version 0.9
PCI: Enabling device 0000:05:04.0 (0104 -> 0107)
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:05:04.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
ata1: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE008C080 ctl 0xE008C08A bmdma 0xE008C000 irq 16
ata2: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE008C0C0 ctl 0xE008C0CA bmdma 0xE008C008 irq 16
ata3: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE008C280 ctl 0xE008C28A bmdma 0xE008C200 irq 16
ata4: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE008C2C0 ctl 0xE008C2CA bmdma 0xE008C208 irq 16
ata1: SATA link down (SStatus FFFFFFFF)
scsi1 : sata_sil
ata2: SATA link down (SStatus FFFFFFFF)
scsi2 : sata_sil
ata3: SATA link down (SStatus FFFFFFFF)
scsi3 : sata_sil
ata4: SATA link down (SStatus FFFFFFFF)
scsi4 : sata_sil

It looks like the controller card is recognized fine. But as you can see, it can't see the two drives I have installed in my external enclosure.

Looking good in 'lspci' too:

# lspci

05:04.0 RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3114 [SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)

Any ideas as to why I can't see my two drives?

Also, I can't see any bios tools upon boot but the manufacture refers to being able to hit F4 or Ctrl-S on startup? Another clue?

Any help troubleshooting is appreciated.

Old 06-15-2006, 02:49 AM   #2
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Turns out my PC (Compaq D310m/845G) was not able to read the BIOS on the Silicon Image SiI 3114 chipset. I slid it into an ABIT IC7 and voila!
Old 08-20-2009, 01:14 AM   #3
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Heh, ancient thread, but figured I'd add my two cents. I was just having this exact problem, and before resigning myself to having to either get a different card or swap mainboards or the like, I figured I'd try it in a different PCI slot. Doing so ended up fixing the problem for me, so that may be worth looking into if anyone else has this problem.

Worded slightly more explicitly than initself put it: if you're not seeing the SiI BIOS stuff as your computer's going through its POST, this is the problem you're going to have, so don't bother digging into kernel options or anything like that.


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