How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by adyke » Thu, 14 Jun 2007 05:25:02



I want to put a cheap SATA controller in a Linux PC. I see a bunch of
them on the market. How do I pick, other than by price?


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How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by Tim » Thu, 14 Jun 2007 07:11:05


For cheap but works, I would be tempted to look at Silicon Image chip based
cards, which many are.

SATA-300 should do Native Command Queueing to disks that support it. SIL3124
based cards have this feature.

SATA-150 won't do NCQ, but the SIL3114 chip is fairly well supported (on
paper at least).

Do double check though - the above is untested knowledge!

Cheers

Tim

 
 
 

How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by Ms Rullg » Thu, 14 Jun 2007 08:34:07

Tim S < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:


Beware with SiI311x and certain Seagate disks though. They don't like
each other.

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How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by Tim » Thu, 14 Jun 2007 15:41:21


Really - that's useful to know. Do you know if that includes the 7200.10
series?

Cheers

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How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by Ms Rullg » Thu, 14 Jun 2007 16:25:21

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I don't think so. There's a list of known bad drives in
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ;a=blob;f=drivers/ata/sata_sil.c
around line 140, although there could possibly be others. The problem
was a firmware bug in the drives that was fixed at some point.

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How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by Tim Southe » Thu, 14 Jun 2007 17:41:04


<...>
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ;a=blob;f=drivers/ata/sata_sil.c

Cool - thanks Ms.
 
 
 

How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by adyke » Fri, 15 Jun 2007 01:04:57

In article <466f9191$0$639$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




Are the seagate models and rev levels to be avoided documented
anywhere?



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How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by phil-news- » Sat, 16 Jun 2007 05:40:33


| Tim S < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:
|
|> SATA-150 won't do NCQ, but the SIL3114 chip is fairly well supported (on
|> paper at least).
|
| Beware with SiI311x and certain Seagate disks though. They don't like
| each other.

I've even found Seagate disks that don't like EHCI.

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How good is Linux support for SATA PCI controllers?

Post by adyke » Sat, 16 Jun 2007 06:30:15

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,



How does the Seagate-SIL problem show itself?






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