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Re: how to use promise fastTrak 378 with IDE disks?

On 21 Mar 2008, at 17:36, Florian Kulzer wrote:

On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:11:42 +0000, michael wrote:
On Fri, 2008-03-21 at 15:06 +0100, Florian Kulzer wrote:
On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 00:38:10 +0000, michael wrote:
On Thu, 2008-03-20 at 23:28 +0100, Florian Kulzer wrote:
On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 20:33:50 +0000, michael wrote:
I've a Asus A8V mobo which has a Promise FastTrak 378 controller,
nominally for RAID but I can set it to 'IDE mode' in the BIOS. MS WinXP will then see the 2 IDE disks connected to it. However, when I boot into Debian etch (kernel: 2.6.18-5-amd64) I cannot see these 2 disks. I've
looked about and tried a few things which haven't helped so I was
wondering if anybody on here had such a system working?


00:08.0 RAID bus controller [0104]: Promise Technology, Inc. PDC20378 (FastTrak 378/SATA 378) [105a:3373] (rev 02) 00:0f.0 RAID bus controller [0104]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller [1106:3149] (rev 80) 00:0f.1 IDE interface [0101]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/ VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE [1106:0571] (rev 06)


mkb@amd64:~$ sudo lsmod|grep -i ata
sata_via               16004  0
sata_promise           18180  0
libata                106784  2 sata_via,sata_promise
scsi_mod              153008  2 sbp2,libata

Hmm, that looks like everything should be fine. What do you see if you
run "ls -l /dev/disk/by-path/"?

mkb@amd64:~$ ls -l /dev/disk/by-path/
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Mar 21 15:04 pci-0000:00:0f.1-ide-0:0 - > ../../hda

[ snip: partitions hda1 - hda11 ]

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Mar 21 15:04 pci-0000:00:0f.1-ide-0:1 - > ../../hdb

[ snip: partitions hdb1 - hdb6 ]

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Mar 21 15:04 pci-0000:00:0f.1-ide-1:0 - > ../../hdc lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Mar 21 15:04 pci-0000:00:0f.1-ide-1:1 - > ../../hdd

Hdc and hdd are two more (unpartitioned) drives connected to the VIA
VT6420 controller?

No. They are 2 optical drives...

which doesn't seem to include the 2 *IDE* disks on the promise

Maybe the problem is related to the fact that the FastTrak 378
controller (00:08.0) does not have an associated "IDE interface" entry,
in contrast to the 00:0f.0/00:0f.1 combination of the VIA chipset.
Unfortunately I don't know how the FastTrak 378 is supposed to be seen
by the system if everything works as intended.


No error messages:
mkb@amd64:~$ sudo modprobe -rv sata_promise
rmmod /lib/modules/2.6.18-5-amd64/kernel/drivers/scsi/sata_promise.ko
mkb@amd64:~$ sudo modprobe -v sata_promise
insmod /lib/modules/2.6.18-5-amd64/kernel/drivers/scsi/ sata_promise.ko

Is there anything in the syslog? Run "grep -i ata /var/log/syslog" or
"dmesg | grep ata".


Did you try to boot your system with the controller set to normal
operation (i.e. not IDE-mode) in the BIOS? A live-CD (e.g. Knoppix) with
a newer version of the kernel might also be worthwhile to check out.

it fell over at the Grub loading stage

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