SATA controllers...

Matt Nelson matt at
Sat Mar 28 11:39:06 MDT 2009

Well I found that anger and rage does pay off :)

I was having a problem with my sata controllers not supporting drives larger
then 500GB.  I found that there is a new bios for this chipset that fixes
this.  Well this morning I found a magnifying glass so I could read the
numbers on the eprom on my controller and googled it and found that it is a
write once only eprom!!! that would explain why it hangs when I try to flash

Well after dealing with this last night and then finding this out this
morning I resorted to anger.  I litterally removed the eprom off one of the
cards.  I figured I dont use the raid on the card anyways.  Well after doing
this I booted it up and everything works :-)

The controller bios no longer loads, and that was what was hanging with the
large drives.  Granted I have lost the ability to ever use "raid" on this
controller, but I use mdadm anyways.

I removed the eprom from the other card and just finished creating my array
and am now copying data.

On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Doran L. Barton <fozz at>wrote:

> On Friday 27 March 2009 08:57:30 Matt Nelson wrote:
> > I have used two Rosewill RC-209 sata controllers, using the silicon image
> > chipset, for various reason's am looking to get new controllers.  Can I
> get
> > some advice on what to get?
> Have you looked at this?
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> Doran L. "Fozz" Barton <fozz at>
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