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Re: SATA problem

From: Jaime Andrés Ballesteros <jaimeandresb@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 12:04:37 -0500

Ok Bill, thanks for your answer. My SATA is a Seagate 7200.7 with 120
GB. FreeBSD 5.3 doesn't recognize the geometry of my disk. FreeBSD
force me to input another geometry and gives me 114 GB and i think
this cause the problem. i hope that DragonFly fix this problem.
Finally i'm going to install DgnFly and i tell you.

Thanks to everyone.


On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 15:55:21 +0800, Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Jaime Andrés Ballesteros wrote:
> > Hi all.
> > I want to begin in DragonFlyBSD but my experience in FreeBSD 5.3 with
> > my 120 GB SATA is not good. FreeBSD gives me the error FAILURE -
> > WRITE_DMA. Today, i modifies de ata-lowlevel.c in the 48bit section
> > and  i hope tha this will work. Anyway, i need to know if in DragonFly
> > this problem is solved.
> >
> > If anyone knows about that, i will appreciate this.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > jab
> You haven't specified *which* SATA chipset, but so far,
> DragonFly has recognized and worked OK with ITE PATA,
> HPT 370, 372, PATA, and HPT 372 SATA (including
> RocketRaid 1520) as well as Sil 3120, 3140 for me.
> Promise Fastrak TX2-150 + (2 SATA + 1x2 dev PATA)
> has been problematic. Not even detected on some MB.
> On-MB SATA has been problematic - apparently BIOS issues,
> as same maker's SATA will work as a PCI-bus resident add-on.
> FreeBSD 4.X and 5.X either do not recognize (4.X) or do not
> reliably utilize (5.X, 6.X) the same cards in the same MB I
> tested, though OS/2, Linux, and Aos DO, and OpenBSD 3.X
> or NetBSD 2.0 may also, generally as 'ordinary' ATA, not
> necessarily as RAID.
> JMNSHO, but it appears that as of today, DragonFly is
> 'as good as it gets' in *BSD-land w/r SATA adaptors.
> To be fair, at least some of the Linux distro's may be
> better still w/r SATA drivers, as major vendors have
> released more drivers for Linux than *BSD.
> Won't take you long to try it - you can tell at boot
> and first step of install if the controller and drives
> are recognized well before you actually alter anything.
> HTH,
> Bill Hacker

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