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(Hints and anecdotes for flashing Sil3124 hardware.)
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== Hardware support ==
 
== Hardware support ==
As of kernel 2.6.25, sata_sil24 supports Silicon Image chipsets 3124, 3131, 3132, and 3531, including OEM rebadges from Adaptec.
 
  
Summary: Full TCQ/NCQ support, with full SATA control including hotplug and PM.
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As of kernel 2.6.25, sata_sil24 supports Silicon Image chipsets 3124, 3132 and 3531, including OEM rebadges from Adaptec.  
  
Use the Sil3124 if available as it is a nice, open design.
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== Modes Supported ==
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PIO, MWDMA, UDMA
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== Limitations ==
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None
  
 
== Known problems ==
 
== Known problems ==
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When marvell 88SM4140 PMP is attached, NCQ is disabled for devices behind it
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If a card using this driver does not seem to present individual drives to the system's BIOS for bootup purposes, re-flashing the card to the "base" (non-"raid") bios may resolve the issue.  Despite documentation that says to choose "JBOD" in the raid firmware for this purpose, that option does not seem to exist in recent revisions.  Card firmware is available from [http://www.siliconimage.com/support/ Silicon Image]
 
If a card using this driver does not seem to present individual drives to the system's BIOS for bootup purposes, re-flashing the card to the "base" (non-"raid") bios may resolve the issue.  Despite documentation that says to choose "JBOD" in the raid firmware for this purpose, that option does not seem to exist in recent revisions.  Card firmware is available from [http://www.siliconimage.com/support/ Silicon Image]
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== Module Options ==
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None
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== Programmer documentation ==
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Documentation is available for [http://www.siliconimage.com/docs/SiI-DS-0160-C.pdf SiI3124], [http://www.siliconimage.com/docs/SiI-DS-0138-D.pdf SiI3132] and [http://www.siliconimage.com/docs/SiI-DS-0208-C.pdf SiI3531] chips.
  
 
== Hardware flashing hints ==
 
== Hardware flashing hints ==

Revision as of 20:20, 5 April 2010

Contents

Hardware support

As of kernel 2.6.25, sata_sil24 supports Silicon Image chipsets 3124, 3132 and 3531, including OEM rebadges from Adaptec.

Modes Supported

PIO, MWDMA, UDMA

Limitations

None

Known problems

When marvell 88SM4140 PMP is attached, NCQ is disabled for devices behind it

If a card using this driver does not seem to present individual drives to the system's BIOS for bootup purposes, re-flashing the card to the "base" (non-"raid") bios may resolve the issue. Despite documentation that says to choose "JBOD" in the raid firmware for this purpose, that option does not seem to exist in recent revisions. Card firmware is available from Silicon Image

Module Options

None

Programmer documentation

Documentation is available for SiI3124, SiI3132 and SiI3531 chips.

Hardware flashing hints

PLEASE NOTE: NB: flashing a rom image is an advanced procedure.

PCI-X (64 bit PCI) cards such as SYBA 40009 may need to be placed temporarily in a 5V PCI (32 bit) slot in order to flash successfully, as some flash memory requires 5V to program.

During POST, the flashed card may not display any information on screen, or may very briefly display information about connected drives. This does not seem to affect operation.

Commonly available environments that may work to perform the firmware change: Knoppix live disks can boot freedos, which can then run the Silicon Image flash utility. Flashrom, a utility from the coreboot project may be used to flash the rom if freedos is not available. Live disks including flashrom likely include Knoppix and Partition Magic.

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