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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 4:35 pm 
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I bought a 500 GB Maxtor SATA II 300Gb/s hard drive to upgrade my R5E50
nforce2 knoppmyth master backend. Things were working perfectly with ata drives but since there is no onboard SATA so I had to add a PCI card.

The card is PCI-x and backward compatible with PCI. I've used the same card at work using libata and sata_sil24 module using

CONFIG_SCSI_SATA=m
CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_SIL24=m

I'm not sure if cecil has these things turned on in R5F50, but the card and disk are recognized properly as /dev/sda. It freezes with error messages when formating /dev/sda1 with ext3 filesystem.


Here is my error message

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Jun  2 12:01:22 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0xff SErr
 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 0 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 1 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 2 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 3 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 4 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 5 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 6 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: tag 7 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x4 stat 0x40
 err 0x0 (timeout)
Jun  2 12:01:24 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: soft resetting port
Jun  2 12:01:53 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: softreset failed (timeout)
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: softreset failed, retrying in 5 secs
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: hard resetting port
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SC
ontrol 300)
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: configured for UDMA/100
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: EH complete
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: SCSI device sda: 976773168 512-byte hdwr se
ctors (500108 MB)
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: sda: Write Protect is off
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: sda: Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
Jun  2 12:02:00 mythtvmaster kernel: SCSI device sda: drive cache: write back


root@mythtvmaster:~# hdparm /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
 IO_support   =  0 (default 16-bit)
 readonly     =  0 (off)
 readahead    = 256 (on)
 geometry     = 0/255/63, sectors = 976773168, start = 0


Smartmontools say the drive is healthy. I can manually copy the partitions and things from ata but the error messages really slow the copying down a lot and i have to repeated after hangs.

But then I can't get lilo to install in the mbr correctly although it says it does. It says it can't find a boot drive when I remove the ata drives.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:09 am 
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update:
I was able to copy my old hda1 and hda3 to sda1 and sda3 of my sata drive.

I then do chroot to /mnt/sda1
edit lilo.conf to point to sda and sda1 instead of hda and hda1
edit fstab to reference sda1 and sda3

then execute
lilo -v

Code:
 lilo -v
LILO version 22.7.3, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
Development beyond version 21 Copyright (C) 1999-2006 John Coffman
Released 11-Aug-2006, and compiled at 06:46:38 on Jan 20 2007
Debian GNU/Linux

Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
Warning: /dev/sda is not on the first disk
Using MENU secondary loader
Calling map_insert_data

Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-chw-13
Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd.gz
Added Linux *

Skipping /vmlinuz.old
Boot image: /boot/bzImage.2.4.20.poweroff
Added Poweroff

Writing boot sector.
/boot/boot.0800 exists - no boot sector backup copy made.
One warning was issued.


When I reboot without hda (my PATA drive), it says can't find boot device even though my SATA card bios just reported it present.

I guess it doesn't see the mbr of my SATA drive or lilo didn't get installed to it.

So I'm still stuck. I seem to only be able to use this drive for the myth partition.


In case anyone ever reads this here is some information that I get when booting from hda1 R5E50 while using my sda3 as my myth partition.

Code:
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: Loading iSCSI transport class v1.1-646.<7>libata version 2.00 l                         oaded.
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: sata_sil24 0000:01:08.0: version 0.3
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata1: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE1090000 ctl 0x0 bmdma 0x0 irq 17
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata2: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE1092000 ctl 0x0 bmdma 0x0 irq 17
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata3: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE1094000 ctl 0x0 bmdma 0x0 irq 17
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: SATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0xE1096000 ctl 0x0 bmdma 0x0 irq 17
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: scsi0 : sata_sil24
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata1: SATA link down (SStatus 0 SControl 300)
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: scsi1 : sata_sil24
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata2: SATA link down (SStatus 0 SControl 300)
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: scsi2 : sata_sil24
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata3: SATA link down (SStatus 0 SControl 300)
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: scsi3 : sata_sil24
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: ATA-7, max UDMA/133, 976773168 sectors: LBA48 NCQ (dep                         th 31/32)
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: ata4: dev 0 multi count 16
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: ata4.00: configured for UDMA/100
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Jun  6 23:46:17 mythtvmaster kernel: EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.


My guess was that either knoppix the R5F1 install cd has a bug in the kernel or is missing an important kernel module.

But I think it is probably a bug that I have seen mentioned at various places in this kernel that causes errors when the ata drive, the ata cd, and the sata drives are all working at the same time. I haven't had problems at all using the sata drive as my /myth partition and hda1 as my boot drive and root. However, I have unplugged the IDE2 with my cd drive and other hard drive so maybe these errors aren't noticable

If I could get lilo to install on my sata drive i would be happy.

Anyway since the cd is required to install the messages above and the system freeze that it causes would prevent a tier 1 install for this hardware.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:37 am 
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randomhtpcguy wrote:
...I guess it doesn't see the mbr of my SATA drive or lilo didn't get installed to it....
You can have lilo write the MBR for you with the -M option:
Code:
lilo -M /dev/sda

See man lilo for more options...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:46 pm 
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Code:
root@mythtvmaster:~# chroot /mnt/sda1
root@mythtvmaster:/# mount -t proc proc /proc
root@mythtvmaster:/# lilo -M /dev/sda
/boot/boot.0800 exists - no /dev/sda backup copy made.
The Master Boot Record of  /dev/sda  has been updated.
root@mythtvmaster:/# lilo -v
LILO version 22.7.3, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
Development beyond version 21 Copyright (C) 1999-2006 John Coffman
Released 11-Aug-2006, and compiled at 06:46:38 on Jan 20 2007
Debian GNU/Linux

Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
Warning: /dev/sda is not on the first disk
Using MENU secondary loader
Calling map_insert_data

Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-chw-13
Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd.gz
Added Linux *

Skipping /vmlinuz.old
Boot image: /boot/bzImage.2.4.20.poweroff
Added Poweroff

Writing boot sector.
/boot/boot.0800 exists - no boot sector backup copy made.
One warning was issued.


lets see if that helped[/quote]


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:59 am 
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For some reason, I had to change the settings in the bios of the pci card.

I had to choose set up RAID and add drive to concatenation.

Fortunately, adding a single drive to a concatenation doesn't erase any data on the drive. It now allows the system to see the mbr though and boot from my new sata drive.

However, I still have issues when trying to install from the ata ide1 cd to the PCI sil24 pci card sata drive.

I will trouble shoot more. However, simply copying the partitions from my old drive to the new one appeared to work.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:14 pm 
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Update:

I think the issue has been fixed in the latest testing kernel
2.6.21-2

But I don't know how to update the kernel without breaking knoppmyth


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