[CentOS] Problem with Arima HDAMA rev.G with Integrated
SiliconImage Sil3114 Serial ATA 4 Ports and 1TB SATA disks.
Recomendation for a cheap SATA controller for linux software raid?
alexander.georgiev at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 19:51:06 UTC 2008
I am telling you the whole story, perhaps you can give me a better idea.
Almost 3 years ago I purchased Arima HDAMA rev. G motherboard with
integrated Silicon Image Sil3114 Serial ATA 4 Ports SATA I adapter. (
http://www.arimacorp.com/ViewProduct.asp?View=86 ) . BIOS version is
My intention is to make a file server, using linux software raid, so I
bought 2 new shiny 1TB SATA II disks, and installed them.
Unfortunately the system does not boot - hangs in the Sil 3114 BIOS
initialization stage. Apparently this is a known problem with Sil3114
The Silicon people have issued a BIOS update for this issue, however
they explicitly state - only for ADD-IN cards. Perhaps, integrated
controlers share the same eeprom chip with the motherboard BIOS, and
an attempt to flash it - will render the system unbootable. For
integrated controllers - the mainboard producer should provide the
Apparently the Arima people have sold their business to
http://www.flextronics.com/en/default.aspx. The new site is at
The last BIOS update is from 8/30/2006. And I think this patch well
predates the 1TB hard disks and has been issued before SiliconImage's
So I am not willing to risk a BIOS update and I have decided to spend
additional cash on a cheap but fast 4 port SATA II controller and use
it with Centos 5.2.
Where I reside, the following two have caught my attention:
ADAPTEC SATA RAID 1420SA Serial ATA-150/Serial ATA II-300 PCI-X 4ch
for 120 USD
PROMISE FastTrak TX4300 Serial ATA II-300 PCI 4ch for 160 USD
Do you have any experience any of these 2 adapters, operating as plain
SATA controllers, under linux software raid?
Which one would you recommend?
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