Error with Sil3112A SATA controller and Maxtor 300GB HDD

From: Guido Villa
Date: Sat Mar 12 2005 - 11:18:10 EST


I have an error as described in subject.
I couldn't find a previous report for this kind of error, so maybe you are interested in it.

Motherboard: ASUS TUV4X, BIOS rev. 1005
SATA controller: Silicon Image 3112A, bios rev. 4.2.50
Hard disk: Maxtor Maxtor 6B300S0 (300GB, SATA)

This is the only HDD attached to the controller. It is not the boot device, I have other HDDs on the IDE channels, but I don't think it matters.

Kernels: 2.6.9, 2.6.10,
I also patched the by adding this Maxtor disk to the sata_sil.c blacklist (once with the SIL_QUIRK_MOD15WRITE and once with the SIL_QUIRK_UDMA5MAX), but the behaviour did not change.

I create a single partition on the hard disk, I format it with ext2, I mount it, I begin writing onto the partition. After seconds (or minutes) of copying, I get this error:

EXT2-fs error (device sda1): ext2_new_block: Allocating block in system zone - block = 22413316

I have also tried with ext3, in this case it prints more error messages:

EXT3-fs error (device sda1): ext3_new_block: Allocating block in system zone - block = 61997060
Aborting journal on device sda1.
EXT3-fs error (device sda1) in ext3_prepare_write: Journal has aborted
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_committed_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_frozen_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_committed_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_frozen_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_committed_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_frozen_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_committed_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_frozen_data
__journal_remove_journal_head: freeing b_frozen_data
ext3_abort called.
EXT3-fs error (device sda1): ext3_journal_start_sb: Detected aborted journal
Remounting filesystem read-only
EXT3-fs error (device sda1) in start_transaction: Journal has aborted

When the disk is formatted and mounted as ext3, the error happens earlier that when formatted with ext2.

Running badblocks on the disk gives random results, every time it finds a few bad blocks in different positions.
The powermax utility from Maxtor says that the HDD is ok, and there are no bad blocks, actually I do not think it is an hardware problem, but a problem with the SATA controller driver (and mybe some incompatibility with the Maxtor drive).

Please let me know if you need any more information.

Good bye,

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