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    Question SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    I've googled and searched the forums and I don't know what else to do at this point...newegg is calling my name...but I figured I'd give this one last try before I throw out a perfectly good piece of hardware.

    I have just replaced the motherboard, processor, memory (or if you prefer, I have a new computer and have recycled the case and drives from my old one). The mobo has one IDE cable connection and is otherwise SATA. It replaces a 2004 vintage mobo, obviously IDE only. So I got a couple of $10-12 two-way converters (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812186078) to link up my old DVD drive and Zip250 drive (no jokes, please).

    Now, the converters are obviously doing something right, because I can boot the LiveCD from this DVD drive. But neither drive shows up in Ubuntu (I installed Precise and have upgraded to Quantal) and I can't figure out what device name to try to use to locate them. They aren't under /dev/sd* (my IDE hard drives and USB3 external drive are) and they aren't under /dev/hd* (nothing). Can anyone suggest something else for me to try?

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    Since they are both removeable drives, I would have expected to see them as /dev/sr* devices.

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    Oh. I've never heard of that. I don't have anything come up for ls /dev/sr*, though.

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    Then sorry I don't know what is wrong for you.
    Just for reference, at the moment I have 3 Ubuntu server 12.04 computers turned on. One has two cd-rom drives, via IDE cable(s):
    Code:
    doug@s10:~$ ls -l /dev/sr*
    brw-rw---- 1 root cdrom 11, 0 Jan 25 10:05 /dev/sr0
    brw-rw---- 1 root cdrom 11, 1 Jan 25 10:05 /dev/sr1
    doug@s10:~$ ls -l /media
    total 8
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Dec 29 00:38 cdrom
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    7 Dec 29 00:35 floppy -> floppy0
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Dec 29 00:35 floppy0
    One has one cd-rom drive, via sata cable:
    Code:
    doug@s15:~/temp1$ ls -l /dev/sr*
    brw-rw---- 1 root cdrom 11, 0 Jan 22 16:13 /dev/sr0
    doug@s15:~/temp1$ ls -l /media
    total 2
    dr-xr-xr-x 2 4294967295 4294967295 84 Jan 22 15:34 cdrom
    And the last one, my main server, has one cd-rom drive, via an unknown cable (the lid is on and I don't recall):
    Code:
    doug@doug-64:/etc/apache2/sites-available$ ls -l /dev/sr*
    brw-rw---- 1 root cdrom 11, 0 Jan 24 08:01 /dev/sr0
    doug@doug-64:/etc/apache2/sites-available$ ls -l /media
    total 8
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Oct 12 09:08 cdrom
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    7 Oct 12 09:03 floppy -> floppy0
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Oct 12 09:03 floppy0

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    I finally thought to grab the dmesg output. These lines look significant:

    [ 1.675764] ata1: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 300)
    [ 1.702319] ata1.00: ATAPI: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B, DL11, max UDMA/33
    [ 1.733603] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/33
    [ 1.748588] ata1.00: failed to clear UNIT ATTENTION (err_mask=0x1)
    ...
    [ 7.373845] ata1: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 300)
    [ 7.433050] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/33
    [ 7.448191] ata1.00: failed to clear UNIT ATTENTION (err_mask=0x1)
    [ 7.448199] ata1: limiting SATA link speed to 1.5 Gbps
    [ 7.448203] ata1.00: limiting speed to UDMA/33:PIO3
    [ 13.016174] ata1: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 310)
    [ 13.023297] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/33
    [ 13.026449] ata1.00: failed to clear UNIT ATTENTION (err_mask=0x1)
    [ 13.026455] ata1.00: disabled

    So how DOES one "clear UNIT ATTENTION"?

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    I wonder if you need to use IDE mode instead of AHCI mode, for better backwards compatibility?
    Just a few minutes ago I saw these references while looking for something else:
    http://en.usenet.digipedia.org/thread/18729/38160/
    http://www.diffen.com/difference/AHCI_vs_IDE
    I think AHCI mode for SATA is a BIOS.

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    I checked BIOS and it was already set for the SATA connections to be in IDE mode. This is really perplexing, but I guess I can google "failed to clear UNIT ATTENTION" and see what else I can find.

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    Which is not much. Ugh. This thread comes up way too soon in a google search, as does the source code.

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    I'm also a bit boggled because this is the whole of my lspci output:

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: ASRock Incorporation Device 9602
    00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
    00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
    00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3)
    00:11.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
    00:12.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:12.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:12.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:13.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:13.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:13.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3c)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller
    00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    00:14.5 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 15h Processor Function 0
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 15h Processor Function 1
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 15h Processor Function 2
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 15h Processor Function 3
    00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 15h Processor Function 4
    00:18.5 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 15h Processor Function 5
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780L [Radeon HD 3000]
    01:05.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 3000-3300 Series]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)
    03:00.0 IDE interface: ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1061 SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
    04:00.0 USB controller: Etron Technology, Inc. EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller (rev 01)

    i.e. no mention of the hard drives, let alone my orphaned DVD drive.

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    Re: SATA/IDE converter on DVD drive access

    Ha. I was about to try hooking up a different drive, but I noticed when looking in the instructions that there are switches on the converter that correspond to the master/slave/cable select jumpering on the drive. I had the switches set to cable select, which I think is how I had the drive jumpered. I moved them to master, and now the drive shows up as sr0 but won't mount:

    paulus@CountyTrastea:~$ mount /media/paulus/cdrom
    mount: can't find /media/paulus/cdrom in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab
    paulus@CountyTrastea:~$ sudo nano /etc/fstab
    [sudo] password for paulus:
    paulus@CountyTrastea:~$ mount /media/paulus/cdrom
    mount: /dev/sr0: can't read superblock

    But I may have the drive still jumpered cable select.

    On the other hand, the drive lettering got stirred around and for some reason disk check claimed there were awful obscene problems with my old backup interal hd; my external hard drive also won't mount. The fun continues.

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