Re: [PATCH] ahci: AHCI and RAID mode SATA patch for Intel Cougar Point DeviceIDs

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Tue Jan 19 2010 - 22:15:21 EST

On 01/15/2010 09:15 AM, Robert Hancock wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
> <hmh@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, 13 Jan 2010, Robert Hancock wrote:
>>> Hmm, it seems like it's a bit more complicated than that. For ICH6R
>>> (0x2652), ata_piix attaches to it regardless of mode intentionally, it
>>> has specific logic to disable AHCI on the controller since it can be
>>> used in either mode. That seems a bit questionable. Having the same
>>> device being handled by different enabled drivers and depending on
>>> link or module load order to decide which one loads is fragile and
>>> prone to errors. I'd be in favor of removing the ICH6R support from
>>> ata_piix entirely and saying that you should be using ahci for that
>>> device. Maybe when ahci was immature there was a benefit to allowing
>>> ata_piix to run it, but I doubt that's true today.
>> Maybe it is the silicon AHCI in ICH6R that is immature, and one is much
>> better of using it in IDE mode?
> That seems unlikely, since the Intel-provided Matrix Storage drivers
> for that controller on Windows will be using AHCI mode..

Oh, some ich6 ahcis are very not very mature. I have a ich6 which can
do ATA in ahci mode fine but craps out on ATAPI (it ends up spitting
out garbage FISes on the wire). It works fine in piix mode.
ich6 is a dying strange beast.


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