[sclug] Motherboards and SATA

Ian Michell ian.michell at hanzi.co.uk
Mon Apr 5 17:48:56 UTC 2004

Well, when I ordered it form dabs, it did say it was useable in Linux,
thats whats annoying, I am using a gentoo modified 2.6.3r1 kernel, I did
a load of googling and hacked the shit outta the kernel driver for the
Silicon Image 3112 driver, patched etc. Still nothing, ACPI is pretty
current I would think (to be in 2.6.3 that is), hmmmmm... What annoys me
is that adaptec are not playing nice by not giving out source code for
their SATA cards. I think its childish really... I mean what have you
got to lose when your hardware is propriety?

I actually have a good mind to reverse engineer the driver, anyone for
assembler?? LOL

Well I will get hacking with this driver I am sure I will come up with
something :S


On Sun, 2004-04-04 at 19:48, Alex Butcher wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Apr 2004, Ian Michell wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > 
> > Well I got myself a motherboard, I just went into PCWorld and bought an
> > Epox NForce2 ultra400 (punish me for going to PCWorld later!). I also
> > ended up buying a new power supply (ultra quiet one), so I have finally
> > bloody got a plug for my sata. But....
> > 
> > Here it comes, my god damned stupid adaptec proprietry crappy SATA card
> > does not bloody work in linux! :P (see I can do it hehe!!).
> According to <http://www.linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html> it can be
> made to work. But SATA is still a bit hairy under Linux, particularly if you
> buy hardware without checking compatibility first...
> > They give out drivers for redhat 9, but no bloody source, the stupid
> > bastards, don't the realize some of us don't use redhat and use things
> > like gentoo?????? It bloody annoys me.
> See the above web page, found by
> <http://www.google.com/search?q=adaptec+SATA+linux+drivers>
> > Oh the SATA card is seen by 2.6.3, but the point is I keep getting this
> > message:
> > 
> > hde: lost interupt
> Additionally, on modern machines, you'll probably need to have a recent
> version of ACPI compiled into your kernel and working as it's used to
> configure interrupts and other system resources.
> > It appears that the Adaptec AAR1210SA is based on a Silicon Image 3112.
> > Frustrating............ Has anyone had any luck with this sorta thing? I
> > know its not my card causing grief (windows (.......) installed fine
> > (after having my the bootable cd supplied by adaptec lockup because it
> > didn't like my ide controllers!!)).
> > 
> > I am tempted to write a new driver myself, but I rather save myself the
> > time and buy a new one! Uh so has anyone fought with this type of card
> > before???
> Nope. I check compatibility *before* I buy hardware. :-P
> As a result, I haven't got any SATA hardware.
> > Ian
> Best Regards,
> Alex.

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