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Re: Corrupt data - RAID sata_sil 3114 chip


Bernd Schubert wrote:
> But now more than a year has passed again without doing anything
> about it and actually this is what I strongly criticize. Most people
> don't know about issues like that and don't run file checksum tests
> as I now always do before taking a disk into production. So users
> are exposed to known data corruption problems without even being
> warned about it. Usually even backups don't help, since one creates
> a backup of the corrupted data.

sata_sil being one of the most popular controllers && data corruption
reports seem to be concentrated on certain chipsets, I don't think
it's a wide spread problem.  In some cases, the corruption was very
reproducible too.

I think it's something related to setting up the PCI side of things.
There have been hints that incorrect CLS setting was the culprit and I
tried thte combinations but without any success and unfortunately the
problem wasn't reproducible with the hardware I have here.  :-(

Anyways, there was an interesting report that updating the BIOS on the
controller fixed the problem.


Taking "lspci -nnvvvxxx" output of before and after such BIOS update
will shed some light on what's really going on.  Can you please try

> So IMHO, the driver should be deactived for sil3114 until a real
> solution is found. And it only should be possible to force activate
> it by a kernel flag, which then also would print a huuuge warning
> about possible data corruption (unfortunately most distributions
> disables inital kernel messages *grumble*).

The problem is serious but the scope is quite limited and we can't
tell where the problem lies, so I'm not too sure about taking such
drastic measure.  Grumble...

Yeah, I really want to see this long standing problem fixed.  To my
knowledge, this is one of two still open data corruption bugs - the
other one being via putting CDB bytes into burnt CD/DVDs.

So, if you can try the BIOS update thing, please give it a shot.



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