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Problems with Silicon Image, Inc. PCI0680 Ultra ATA-133 Host Controller

From: Vidar Tyldum Hansen
Subject: Problems with Silicon Image, Inc. PCI0680 Ultra ATA-133 Host Controller
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:23:16 +0200
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Hello devs,

Upgrading to GRUB 1.98 I fell victim for what appears to be an
incompatibility between GRUB and this controller.

Two drives are attached the controller, configured for mdraid in Linux.
Upon installation of grub-1.98 and the subsequent reboot I was faced
with a "no such disk"-error when accessing md0.
Accessing the drives directly gave "out of disk" errors.

With the help of #grub on freenode I tried running grub-emu and also
starting up grub using qemu. None of these aproaches showed any
problems, and could see and access the drives without problems.

After *much* fiddling I ended up re-arranging my drives so that I am no
longer using this controller. And now everything is just dandy again.

If there is an interest in making this card work, I can offer modest
testing, but more importantly I can donate the card to a GRUB developer.
I no longer have need for it, and if I could contribute back this way
I'd be glad.

(bear in mind that I am not subscribed to this list)

The details of the card:
01:06.0 Mass storage controller [0180]: Silicon Image, Inc. PCI0680
Ultra ATA-133 Host Controller [1095:0680] (rev 02)
        Subsystem: Silicon Image, Inc. PCI0680 Ultra ATA-133 Host
Controller [1095:0680]
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
        I/O ports at cc00 [size=8]
        I/O ports at c880 [size=4]
        I/O ports at c800 [size=8]
        I/O ports at c480 [size=4]
        I/O ports at c400 [size=16]
        Memory at f9fffc00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
        Expansion ROM at dff00000 [disabled] [size=512K]
        Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
        Kernel driver in use: pata_sil680
        Kernel modules: pata_sil680

The kernel module might also shed some light as to where this card is
not behaving as it should?

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Vidar Tyldum Hansen
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