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[Bug 244502] Installation DVD cannot boot with Highpoint Rocket 100 (hpt302) attached
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  • Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 11:29:30 -0700 (MST)
  • Message-id: <20070224182930.94D8225C887@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=244502





------- Comment #4 from jonhp@xxxxxxxxxxx 2007-02-24 11:29 MST -------
Hi,

First let me say how important I think it is to solve the SUSE problems
supporting the Highpoint IDE/ATA controllers. The Rocket 100 card is
fairly inexpensive...$25 at Newegg. So it is a very logical choice for
getting around the BIOS bugs and IDE/ATA addressing limitations of older
motherboards in order to support the PATA drives available today; the
smallest drive available at Newegg today is 40GB.

Being able to support modern IDE/ATA drives in older systems/motherboards
can significantly extend the potential lifetime of a PC. My personal experience
is that hard drives and power supplies are the most vulnerable parts of a PC
and are most likely to fail. And given the insatiable appetite of multimedia
applications to consume hard drive space; the need for very large drives is
everywhere.

I also think that Linux, especially openSUSE is also key in extending the
lifetimes
of older PCs as it is, as of yet, not nearly as bloated as Microsoft VISTA
which
is both a memory, processor and graphics HOG.

Personally, I gave up on trying to get the use of all of my 320GB hard drive
in the system with the P3V4X motherboard. I settled for 128GB which is the LBA
(28 bit) limit of the BIOS. So I have openSUSE 10.2 with LILO (GRUB can't
handle
the motherboard either) with the drive attached and installed on the
Primary/Master
controller slot. It works just great and I can now, after wasting weeks of
effort,
move on to actually making the system useable as a PC and not a useless door
stop.

Also, while I am very interesting in helping to figure out what is wrong with
the
hpt366 driver, which by-the-way has a just horrible quality reputation across
the linux/web
world, I also think I am just becoming a middle-person in the pursuit of a
solution.
So I would like to make this offer. I will send my brand new Highpoint Rocket
100 PCI ATA
100 controller card to you at my expense. You may permanently keep it -- both
for
finding out what is wrong with the hpt366 driver and for future testing so that
some innocent change doesn't break it later on.

If you think that this makes the best sense, please send me a mailing address
and I
will send it right along. Along with the hope, that some time in the near
future,
there will be a high-quality hpt366 driver in existence.

Sincerely,
Jon

PS I really appreciated your more complete description of the driver and how it
fits in.


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