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Thanks for the input. I've come to the conclusion my two motherboards are too old. One doesn't work on 2005.1-r1 and the other doesn't work on Windows XP Pro. Both systems install but they can't boot because they don't see the drives and don't see the controller.
> From: jarry@...
> Date: 2006/02/27 Mon AM 06:15:27 EST
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Sata Controllers and drives
> Brett I. Holcomb wrote:
> > 1. SATA Controllers - I see a bunch listed in menuconfig but what have
> > you found to work? Is Promise any good? What are some good brands
> Personally I could not install gentoo 2005.1-r1 on ASUS A8N-VM mobo
> (southbridge nVidia 410 MCP, + northbridge GF6100 graphics).
> Loading sata_nv always freezes system. Probably too old kernel...
> I also tried "experimental" install-amd64-universal-2005-12-11.iso
> (as advised in gentoo-forum). This time booting was without problems,
> both network as well as sata-drives were recognised. I could even
> partition both sata-drives, and create /dev/md's arrays...
> Problems came later, when formating (mke2fs -j /dev/md*):
> I got random sync-errors causing kernel-panic. I repeated it a few
> times, always sync-error, but on random places of disk (sometimes while
> formating 1st partition, sometimes while formating 4th partition).
> I could never get past formating all 8 partitions, so I gave it up...
> > 2. Sata drives - what have you found to be reliable and work well.
> > I've crossed Hitachi off my list because of my experience with the
> > Ultrastores.
> In my story, I have tried it with 2x Seagate 7200.9, but I still think
> problem is mobo/chipset. I tested drives with Seagates' sea-tools
> utility, full test took ~4 hours (2x 160GB). No errors found. Moreover,
> I could install WinXP on this computer without any problem. Sad, but
> I've heard NVidia is not so open to kernel-dev to give them enough
> details about its new chipsets...
> That's my experience with gentoo & sata drives/controler. I'l try
> to get some VIA-based mobo (K8T890) to see if it works better...
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