On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 22:58 +0000, Graeme Dargie wrote:
> Hello,
> 
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> 
> I have built a machine with a Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2, running Freebsd
> 7.1. For the most part it is fine but I do have two problems
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> 1)       The NIC a realtek 8111C keeps giving watchdog timeout messages
> and the link state changes from up to down and back to up again.
> 
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> 2)       The two hard disks that are attached to the sata raid
> controller are not seen by Freebsd, the raid card is set to native ide
> as I want to use ZFS rather than the onboard raid system and all the
> drives are present at post. I understand this motherboard uses a AMD740
> chipset and has 740 northbridge and a SB700 southbridge.
> 
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> Any ideas tips pointers would be most welcome

I'm not sure about the NIC, but I don't think the native ide or sata
control matters in terms of zfs (I could be wrong, and please correct me
if so experts). The sata controller should recognize the disks with or
without raid, which freebsd should recognize then install on. I use sata
in this mode on my systems, and freebsd works fine. Any software raid
wouldn't care then as long as freebsd itself recognizes the drives.

HTH

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