On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:10:49 -0500 Mark Lord wrote:
On 11-01-25 12:05 PM, Ahmed S. Darwish wrote:
My current x86 laptop includes the very common ATA PIIX controller.
ata_piix is just about ideal for this sort of thing.
Except, don't use the BIOS to write the logs,
but rather code/use a very simple set of polling-PIO
functions to talk directly through the PIIX to the drive.
Really really simple code to do that, and it would likely
work with anything ata-piix, and most other non-AHCI chipsets too.
Not perfect, but probably good enough for a lot of scenarios.
The old hd.c driver shows how to read/write a sector at a time,
and that kind of code is easily converted to simply poll for completion.
I don't know how/where to find it, but Rusty Russell had a version of this
many, many years ago.