Saturday, June 28, 2008

SATA card on Dell Poweredge 600SC for Linux

Koutech PSA150

Would you recommend the product? yes | Price paid?: $13.99 | Rating: 9

Kernel (uname -r):
Distribution: Mandriva

PCI v2.2 compliant so I think it works with 3.3V PCI slot.

After plugging it into the sole PCI slot of Dell Poweredge 600SC, the system booted without the need to install any driver and it just worked as shown from lspci -v -nn:

00:03.0 RAID bus controller [0104]: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3512 [SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller [1095:3512] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3512 SATARaid Controller [1095:6512]
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 17
I/O ports at ecb8 [size=8]
I/O ports at ecb0 [size=4]
I/O ports at eca0 [size=8]
I/O ports at ec98 [size=4]
I/O ports at ec80 [size=16]
Memory at fe122000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512]
Expansion ROM at fe000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2

The system was installed on a PATA drive and I didn't go into the bios of the card. Linux recognized the two distinct drives as /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. Since it's only fakeraid I configured it using Linux software RAID. And it seems to be working great.

Updates: Kernel upgraded to 2.6.26-server-0.rc8.1mnb
lsmod | grep ata
pata_serverworks 10624 0
sata_sil 11528 2
libata 152096 2 pata_serverworks,sata_sil
scsi_mod 136908 3 sd_mod,sg,libata
dock 11664 1 libata

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