Subject: Re: Promise ATA RAID on ASUS motherboard
To: None <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/31/2003 22:44:35
On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:42:09PM -0700, Bruce J.A. Nourish wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> I've just bought myself a WD Raptor. My motherboard, an ASUS A7V8X,
> has a Promise SATA RAID controller; to use a SATA drive, you have to
> set it up as part of a RAID array. So this is what I ended up with:
> Promise RAID controller: 
>  - Raptor on Primary SATA   }    Combined into a single array,
>  - Caviar on Parallel Cable }    RAID 0, using BIOS tools.
> Primary IDE Controller:
>  - Maxtor drive
>  - CDRW
> Secondary IDE Controller:
>  - DVD-ROM
>  - ZIP drive
> I am running NetBSD-current, as of a few days ago. My kernel config 
> (included completely at the end) includes the appropriate ataraid
> device.
> My problem is that NetBSD does not find the controller: nothing appears
> in dmesg about ataraid. It does pick up on a Promise serial ATA controller
> and sets it up as pciide0 but both channels appear as disabled. The
> parallel ATA controller(s) are found as pciide1 and all the connected
> drives work fine.
> Any ideas? I know ATA RAID is quite new but I was under the impression
> that promise controllers were supported. I'll be happy to send any more
> information if it would be useful, but I am currently on a low bandwith
> link, so it may take me a while. 

Only parallel ATA promise controllers are supported. The serial ATA
doesn't work yet.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 24 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference