Subject: Re: is Dell SATA supported?
To: None <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/10/2004 17:17:26
In message <>, 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,