On Wed, 2009-01-21 at 13:37 +0000, Graeme Dargie wrote:
> Well I spent a little more time having a look in the bios
> 
> Here are the results from various settings and a potential solution.
> 
> SATA controller in Native IDE mode
> All drives show as IDE at the POST summary screen on boot
> 
> In FreeBSD
> SATA Ports 0-3 The disks show  
> SATA Ports 4&5 No disks show
> 

Only the first four are recognized as ide, the controller is translating
them as a second and third ide channel but in doing so will ignore the
rest, making any other sata channels pretty much useless. I'm probably
only stating the obvious here, but I think pretty much any platform will
respond like FreeBSD with this scenario.

> Dmesg shows the following
> 
> ad4: 476940MB <SAMSUNG HD502IJ 1AA01113> at ata2-master SATA300
> ad6: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata3-master SATA300
> ad8: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata4-master SATA300
> ad10: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata5-master SATA300
> 
> SATA Controller in AHCI Mode
> All drives show up on RAID Controller POST summary screen
> 
> In FreeBSD
> SATA Ports 0-5 now show disks connected
> 
> Dmesg shows the following
> 
> ad4: 476940MB <SAMSUNG HD502IJ 1AA01113> at ata2-master SATA300
> ad6: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata3-master SATA300
> ad8: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata4-master SATA300
> ad10: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata5-master SATA300
> ad12: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata6-master SATA300
> ad14: 476940MB <Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 GM4OA5CA> at ata7-master SATA300
> 

Some MB's have several different modes of sata for different scenarios,
mine has an auto, combined, ide, sata mode. But then it also has 2
controllers - this mode changes only 4 of the sata ports. Using the sata
mode in your case will give you access to all of the drives (with no
raid mode defined on the controller) and then you can define the raid in
software on FreeBSD with no muss, no fuss. Depends on what you like I
guess.

> I have read there have been problems with the realtek 8169/8111c NIC
> card on some systems with under FreeBSD, but I cant seem to find a
> solution to this.
> 

I'm not sure of the differences between the c and e types of rtl8111,
but the e has third party drivers which can be built on 6.x. As to
whether there are third party drivers for c I'm not sure. Look for
whatever version FreeBSD you have (They may have 7.x drivers now, not
when I last looked about a year ago) and that may get you out of trouble
in the short term- or stick another known NIC in. Then you can keep
track of whatever is going on in regards to the native drivers for your
card.

HTH and good luck!

> Regards
> 
> Graeme 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Da Rock [mailto:rock_on_the_...@comcen.com.au] 
> Sent: 21 January 2009 10:36
> To: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: Motherboard support
> 
> On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 22:58 +0000, Graeme Dargie wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 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
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 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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