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Old 03-13-2004, 10:19 PM   #31
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Old 03-25-2004, 03:47 PM   #32
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Unhappy linux +SATA Raid SIL3112

Well, I apologise to all the Linux fans here for my past frustration...

Nevertheless, the problem remains. I have Mandrake 10 Community edition. Even this new kernel 2.6.3 doesn't recognise the RAID configuration of the Sil3112 card.

So if any of you want RAID using the SATA Sil3112 controller card (I guess it doesn't matter which hard drive brand you have), the only option is "software raid". Just get your drives on the controller, make sure they are recognised by the RAID bios, but not configured in a RAID and install your Linux distribution. Create Linux RAID partitions and there you go. I did it that way and it works. It also works with other distribution (except Xandros 2.0 Deluxe, which doesn't give the option to the user to create RAID partition...)

Now, for anyone who want to set up a RAID system, my advice is the same as other advices on this forum. Do not use SATA yet. Put your money in a good RAID controller, check it is working under Linux (I have seen HighPoint 404 looks good).

Still, with the latest 2.6 kernel, SATA RAID is not an option (with the Sil3112).

Good luck.
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I'm posting in this thread because my problem is the exact same one as many of the posters here. I have a computer with a SATA harddisk, and no PATA disk. (It's a dell dimension 8300.) For hours I have searched the internet looking for a way to make my system into a dual-boot, but I still havent found a way to make it work. On these forums there are a LOT of posts about SATA-hd's, but none of them contains a solution... Maybe one of you all has found something?

I'd like to run Mandrake Linux (I have the 9.2 and 10.0 cd's here). When I run it without any extra parameters, I get "hde: lost interrupt", the installer doesnt see my disk. The problem with these Dell systems is, that the BIOS lacks some advanced options. 'Legacy mode' isn't possible. The only thing that is possible is to turn off UDMA.

Yesterday I read about a way to simulate that 'legacy mode' (dont know if this is totally right, but that's how it sounded like ). If I run the installer with "linux hda=noprobe hdb=noprobe", I dont have the "lost interrupt" problem, and the installer starts in a normal way. BUT when the installer needs a disk to write to, it doens't find any, so it allows me to install SCSI drivers. I get to choose from quite a large list of drivers, but I don't know wich one to choose...

A few drivers that I have tried:
  • all the sata ones (also SATA_promise)
  • the 'seagate' driver
  • some RAID driver that had the word DELL in the information
  • some random ones (I was pretty desperate )

Is the right driver in that list? Has someone found the solution? Maybe there is a file that can help me out? (where can I find them?)

I'm afraid installing a PATA disk, installing linux to it and updating the kernel will be too hard for me if I can't find some very good how-to about it.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Old 04-16-2004, 06:36 PM   #34
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round and round the thread goes where it stops nobody knows

To review the findings of my system, to the best of my understanding we discovered:

with this motherboard:

and this hard drive:

Model Number:ST380023AS
Capacity:80 GB
Speed:7200 rpm
Seek time:9 ms avg
Interface:Serial ATA,,,00.html

- kernel 2.6.x + is the only kernel that will support that VIA chipset 8237 of mine and the latest distribution package that has this:

w / kernel 2.6.1 - r2

the latest greatest MANDRAKE & FEDORA, & just about every other major free distribution as of 3-13-4 is obsolete

it seems to take a little struggling to get the Gentoo install disk to load 2.6.1 instead of 2.4.x

- the dude with the hat a has the same mother board type & ethernet card as I do and wrote it down:

"Brodcom Gigabit ethernet:

use this - tg2 2.6.5 module - OR - BC 5700 from MSI (broadcom module)

AND a whole bunch of other discoveries advanced Linux user revelations which Cooper is very aware of. At this point I'd like to request that information be posted, reviewed, and described further by all those concerned.

Once again thanks for the support!!

- kidsatacrux


An unlabeled disk was left in the CD-ROM with a bunch of files. Is it mine to keep?

Bear in mind there is still much needed work for an install. I had hoped to get a Dual-Boot system (yes, I've still got a Windows XP partition) and there just wasn't quite enough time.

Maybe I'd invite you or some of the other experienced users over for a free dinner sometime next weekend or spring break . . . with you and some other friends to help tweak this p.c. some more.

Until then see you in a month.

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Here's some more information about that Chipset VIA 8237
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Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:45 pm Post subject:
OH . . it just might be this controller too only, or both,

well at least this one

VT6306/VT6307 IEEE 1394 OHCI host controller
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Old 12-28-2007, 04:43 AM   #35
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probing for pci hardware

hi ,
i am trying to install rhel 4 using sata hard disk..
but it was hanging at
pci : probilg for pci hardware (bus00).

can any one tell me what is the proble.
i have installed xp successfully, but not able to install sata in my disk
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You are trying to resurrect a thread that is over THREE YEARS OLD. Start a new one.
Old 01-19-2009, 04:31 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by pentode View Post

You are trying to resurrect a thread that is over THREE YEARS OLD. Start a new one.
Happy 5th year anniversary on the thread I started! woopee!

If there are still problems then who cares? Resurrect this thread after it's 500 years old. I don't g.a.f.

To make a long story short, this old machine I described I bought over 5 years ago is still running and it has run many versions of Knoppix after that since then. Thank you Santa Klaus Knopper and all the Linux developers for your hard work.

I hope your team of developers gets another version of Knoppix that can compete with Ubuntu.

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