[OpenIndiana-discuss] Question regarding OI148, SI3124 and port multiplier Sil3726

Matt Connolly matt.connolly.au at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 12:51:44 UTC 2011

On 08/10/2011, at 8:29 AM, Albert Lee <trisk at opensolaris.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Stefano Del Corno
> <stefano.delcorno at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi, I'm sorry if the question have been already discussed in the past:
>> I'm having an issue with a PCI-e 3132 SATA card and a 3726 port
>> multiplier. Digging both the internet and OI discussions, I had the
>> feeling that this specific combination is working fine in a few
>> different environments.
>> http://openindiana.org/pipermail/openindiana-discuss/2011-January/002209.html
>> http://openindiana.org/pipermail/openindiana-discuss/2011-May/003998.html
>> I've loaded latest "ide" firmware (B7703) on my 3132 card. I tested
>> the pci-e card, the port multiplier and 4 attached sata drives under
>> linux: everything was working fine. I did also a couple of "raw"
>> performance tests with good results. Given the good experience under
>> "another OS" and given that I saw positive reports of SIL port
>> multipliers with SIL based SATA boards, I dropped both the card and
>> the port multiplier in my OpenIndiana box.
>> I'm running OI 148 on a SuperMicro X7SPA-H board. It's booting from a
>> couple of USB drives (forming a mirrored rpool). Right now I'm using 4
>> out of 6 internal sata connectors to drive a small SSD and 3 1.5tb
>> drives. My plan is to add the above mentioned 3124 + 3726 + 4drives to
>> my OpenIndiana box to test different protection schemes and run some
>> "zpool send" tests.
>> The issue I'm experiencing is that I can only see the first drive
>> (port 0) I've attached to the port multiplier.
> I'm not sure where you heard otherwise, but only the ahci driver
> supports SATA port multipliers.
> -Albert

I have a Si3124 4 port SATA card, and could only get it to work with the pic-ide drivers. It also doesn't support hot plugging / reconfiguration via cfgadm. 


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