Using Intel ATA storage controller

Asked by hbonnin

Hi,

My computer is a Dell T7400 with an Intel 631xESB/632xESB/3100 Ultra ATA storage controller.

I cannot boot Karmic using this old kernel as mountall needs a newer kernel.
If I use kernel 2.6.31.14 sooner or later the system crashes (disk errors):

lspci -vvn :
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2681] (rev 09) (prog-if 01)
 Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:021d]
 Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
 I/O ports at fe00 [size=8]
 I/O ports at fe10 [size=4]
 I/O ports at fe20 [size=8]
 I/O ports at fe30 [size=4]
 I/O ports at fec0 [size=32]
 Memory at ff970000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
 Capabilities: [70] Power Management version 2
 Capabilities: [a8] SATA HBA <?>
 Kernel driver in use: ahci

syslog kernel 2.6.31.14
Oct 31 18:01:39 T7400 kernel: [ 384.389927] sd 11:0:1:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: ATA pass through information available
Oct 31 18:01:44 T7400 kernel: [ 389.148057] sd 11:0:1:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Recovered Error [current] [descriptor]
Oct 31 18:01:44 T7400 kernel: [ 389.148063] Descriptor sense data with sense descriptors (in hex):
Oct 31 18:01:44 T7400 kernel: [ 389.148065] 72 01 00 1d 00 00 00 0e 09 0c 00 00 00 00 00 00
Oct 31 18:01:44 T7400 kernel: [ 389.148073] 00 00 00 00 00 00

I get the same error message when using smartctl.

If I compare the syslog using kernel 2.6.24.24 (which works perfectly) and kernel 2.6.31.14 the main difference are:
2.6.24.24:
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
2.6.31.14:
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with writeback data mode.

The following lines do not appear while using kernel 2.6.24.24
mptsas 0000:05:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 56 (level, low) -> IRQ 56
xor: automatically using best checksumming function: pIII_sse
             pIII_sse : 9901.000 MB/sec
xor: using function: pIII_sse (9901.000 MB/sec)
device-mapper: dm-raid45: initialized v0.2594b

Could someone kindly help me ?

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