Subject: Re: is Dell SATA supported?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 11/10/2004 17:17:26
In message <20041110230046.A6851@yoda.cubidou.net>, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>On Wed, Nov 10, 2004 at 04:50:29PM -0500, Steve Bellovin wrote:
>> I'm looking at some Dell desktops, on which I'll run either 2.0 or
>> -current. The Precision 370 MT Workstation has a SATA controller --
>> any idea if it's supported by -current? The Dell documentation simply
>> says that it's "Integrated Serial ATA". If it helps, the machine is
>> based on the Intel 925X Express chipset.
>Yes. Beware, though, that we have no support for AHCI, so you might
>have to turn AHCI off in the BIOS (it was on by default on all the new
>Dells I've received so far; Dimension 8400 and Optiplex <something>),
>otherwise accessing the device will fail.
>As for the IDE and SATA part, backporting to -2-0 is very easy, so
>I will send the appropriate pull-up requests for 2.0 release. The
>AC97 part might not be as welcomed for 2.0.
>Also, if it comes with Gigabit Ethernet, it's likely to get a Broadcom
>5751 (since that chip does PCI Express), which works in -current, too.
>However, if it's a fxp(4) (Intel 10/100), it might need an addition to
>the fxp driver.
Thanks; sounds like a good bet. Oddly enough, I can't seem to find
anything on the Web about its network interface. But that's much less
crtical; decent NICs are pretty cheap.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb