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combo USB/SATA/IDE
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2006/12/3 23:51
From France
Posts: 447
Hi All,
as I need to free some slots in my A1XEG4, I would like to replace my sii3512, sii0680 and USB2.0 cards with a kind of all-in-one pci card.

Anyone tried this successfully and got a link where I could get it ?
Thx
Lio

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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2008/4/22 18:03
From Lawrenceburg, KY
Posts: 137
Good day Lio,

I'm sorry to be the bringer of sad tidings, but the multifunction Sii cards that I have seen do not support booting (I looked into that option myself). They may be good for storage drives, but you won't be able to boot into anything.

Sorry,

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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thx for your input.

lets see if some folks here tested these too...

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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I have tried a USB/SATA card, mentioned in a thread on AmigaWorld (http://amigaworld.net/modules/newbb/v ... _id=34558&forum=33#638387). Both SATA and USB2 works. I don't leave in in full-time because it seemed to contribute to lock-ups occasionally, and I don't really need it often. I never tried booting from it.

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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thx for your input too.

if you can, could you check whether it can be booted from ?
thanks...

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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update : I bought the following :

http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360442816617

New SATA USB 2.0 IDE Combo PCI IO Serial ATA Card

100% brand new and high quality
Serial ATA Host Controller chip with 32-bit interfacing
Compliant with SATA 1.0 Specification
Support two independent Serial ATA ports with data transfer rate up to 1.5Gb/s
Built-in 256 byer FIFO per port for fast read/writer operations
Supports Microsoft generic IDE operation and Intel bus master DMA operations
Supports RAID function 0 and 1
Adjustable stripe size for RAID 0
Supports co-exist RAID set and Non-RAID HDD
Allow HDDs with different sizes to be configurated in a RAID set
4 external USB 2.0 ports,each support high speed data transfer up to 480 Mbps
One SATA connector length: 50cm( approx)
Dimension: 12cm(L)X11.5cm(W)

but it does not work : it makes the boot longer and interfers with my motherboard (freeze).

pciscan gave :

13 0x1106 0x3038 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
14 0x1106 0x3038 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
15 0x1106 0x3104 VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0
16 0x1106 0x3249 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6421 IDE RAID Controller

K-L from Amiga-NG reported the following to work : this one

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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Quote:
K-L from Amiga-NG reported the following to work : this one

I parle pas Francais, but that looks identical to mine which I mentioned earlier in the link.

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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2006/12/5 12:19
From Wolverhampton, England
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you could always use one of the little converter cards between drive and PCI card to convert PATA <-> SATA (as appropriate) - I know Maplin in the UK provide these, others probably do to, like eBuyer.
Then you can ditch the other - probably most effective to ditch the 0680 card.

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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@interrogative
[Quote]I'm sorry to be the bringer of sad tidings, but the multifunction Sii cards that I have seen do not support booting (I looked into that option myself). They may be good for storage drives, but you won't be able to boot into anything.[/quote]

Do you know if that is something about the cards or does uboot not know how to boot into them? Are they singlenchip things or do the boards have a pci bridge to various chips onboard? Do you have a model number or link to buy one?

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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Good day Bill,

From what I remember, the cards were either designed not to boot, or the designers could not figure out how to get the chipsets to communicate with each other to achieve a boot (0680 + 3112/4).

I did a search to find said cards, but could not find them. (Since most people want to boot from their drives, I guess nobody bought those cards.) What I did find was a new crop of bootable combination cards, mostly with VIA chipsets. Most of them looked like they had 5V connectors, but others had universal connectors.

The best bet might be asking ACube whether a card works, or might work.

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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I haven't been able to find much. Only one such combo card which is in "phase out" status
http://www.avlab.com.tw/phaseout/1016_0006_000b.htm

Any other combo I could find is not the usb/ise/sata trifecta.

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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From Anzio (Rome), Italy
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Quote:
16 0x1106 0x3249 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6421 IDE RAID Controller

FYI I'm currently working on support for the VT6421 PATA/SATA chipset.
There is already a new U-Boot version in development for Sam440ep mini-itx, Sam440ep flex (and soon Sam460ex) which can boot from the PATA port, and a very rudimentary AOS4.1 driver (works in PIO mode atm)
Don't ask for any release date since development work is done in my (very) rare spare-time...

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Re: combo USB/SATA/IDE
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2006/12/3 23:51
From France
Posts: 447
@ Max :

hey thats encouraging but I dont think I will be able to boot from it since the latest UBoot for AmigaOnes MB is 1.1.1 (march 2005).

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