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RE: Recent experience with IDE/SATA PCI cards on alpha?

Same here, SiI 3112 cards work phantastic. I got a 64 bit one three years
ago for about 15 EUR and even that one worked in my AlphaStation 500 64bit
PCI slot! The machine boots from this card indirectly (I replaced the disk
drive by an old SCSI ZIP drive from my toolbox and the /boot filesystem and
aboot is on a 100 MB ZIP with kernel and special partition scheme). Booting
directly from SATA cards of course does not work.

Uwe Schindler
H.-H.-Meier-Allee 63, D-28213 Bremen
eMail: uwe@thetaphi.de

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Cree [mailto:mcree@orcon.net.nz]
> Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2011 3:44 AM
> To: Mark Ter Morshuizen
> Cc: debian-alpha@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: Recent experience with IDE/SATA PCI cards on alpha?
> On 13/05/11 05:06, Mark Ter Morshuizen wrote:
> > Does anyone here have any recent experience with using IDE or SATA PCI
> > controllers on Alpha? I would like to get some big disks on my 5305.
> I had a good experience running a 32-bit silicon image 3112 based SATA PCI
> controller on my XP1000.  Works well with a 1.5TB SATA disc.
> A year ago I updated to a 64-bit Marvell based SATA PCI-X card in the
> Did have some problems early on with older kernels (disk sometimes
> wouldn't be recognised and the CD/DVD reader/writer which has a SATA
> interface would error out and even crash the system on inserting certain
> DVDs!).  But it has been working extremely well without problem this year
> with a newer kernel.  Gets nice speed --- can sustain 80Mbytes per sec
> transfer rate when reading consecutive sectors.
> I know of other people using Silicon Image 3112 and 3124 chipsets that
> been very happy.
> It's a great way to go.  You may need to keep a SCSI disk in the system
> booting since SRM obviously can't boot from SATA disks.  Some people have
> reported success in using Compact-flash IDE type memory cards as a boot
> device, but I suspect that only works on newer Alphas.  It doesn't work on
> my XP1000 as SRM does not recognise the device properly.
> Cheers
> Michael.
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