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    Marvell 88SE6121 eSATA not recognized (Asus M4A79XTD EVO MOBO)

    I have just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a new Asus M4A79XTD EVO motherboard. All other hardware seems to be running fine, all my internal drives are recognized (though these are on the AMD SB750). I have had difficulties with eSATA and ubuntu in the past with other motherboards. When diagnosing problems I use dmesg. This time however when I turn on my eSATA drive I don't get any kind of new output with dmesg. Has anyone gotten eSATA on a Marvell 88SE6121 working? If so how? If you can't help me specifically, is there another command I need to use to try and monitor what is going on when I turn on my drive. I get the feeling that nothing at all is happening when I turn on my drive... I used hwinfo to try and find out if Ubuntu is even seeing my controller and it is indeed. Here is the relevant section:

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    40: PCI 400.0: 0101 IDE interface
      [Created at pci.318]
      UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_11ab_6121
      Unique ID: YmUS.f481h2xHnF9
      Parent ID: WL76.T8BQG7pYTS8
      SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:09.0/0000:04:00.0
      SysFS BusID: 0000:04:00.0
      Hardware Class: storage
      Model: "Marvell 88SE6121 SATA II Controller"
      Vendor: pci 0x11ab "Marvell Technology Group Ltd."
      Device: pci 0x6121 "88SE6121 SATA II Controller"
      SubVendor: pci 0x1043 "ASUSTeK Computer Inc."
      SubDevice: pci 0x822f 
      Revision: 0xb2
      Driver: "pata_marvell"
      I/O Ports: 0xec00-0xec07 (rw)
      I/O Ports: 0xe880-0xe883 (rw)
      I/O Ports: 0xe800-0xe807 (rw)
      I/O Ports: 0xe480-0xe483 (rw)
      I/O Ports: 0xe400-0xe40f (rw)
      Memory Range: 0xf7fffc00-0xf7ffffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
      IRQ: 17 (7631 events)
      Module Alias: "pci:v000011ABd00006121sv00001043sd0000822Fbc01sc01i8f"
      Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
      Attached to: #17 (PCI bridge)
    I have enabled AHCI in my bios. If you need any other information please let me know. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

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    Question Re: Marvell 88SE6121 eSATA not recognized (Asus M4A79XTD EVO MOBO)

    I have had the same type of issue. Except my mobo is the Asus M3A79-T Deluxe. I don't remember the chipset for the eSata though. It is very similar to the one mentioned in the original problem. It is off by just a few numbers (88SE6xxx). I have had this issue since 8.04 and in every consecutive release. Any body have any suggestions? Thanks!

    -Spydey

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    Re: Marvell 88SE6121 eSATA not recognized (Asus M4A79XTD EVO MOBO)

    UPDATE: I found this: link. I tried blacklisting ahci but that did not help. I tried disabling AHCI in my BIOS. This did not help either. I did find that Ubuntu recognizes my external HDD if I have it on during boot. So it seems the issue is that the pata_marvell driver does not support hot swapping. Can I use the ahci kernel module instead of pata_marvell? If so how do I force Ubuntu to do this? If not is there another driver/kernel module (I'm not sure which would be the proper term) I could use to enable hotswapping. Again thanks in advance for any help.

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    Re: Marvell 88SE6121 eSATA not recognized (Asus M4A79XTD EVO MOBO)

    I too have been having problems with a Marvell Sata controller on 9.10. I have found many places reccomending adding ahci.marvell_enable=1 to the boot options, which kinda works but doesnt seam to work right with my mdadm raid array.
    The next thing I'm gonna try is to install the mvsata driver (http://www.keffective.com/mvsata/FC3/), though I need to do some more reading first to find out how to do this (I've only been using linux about a month).

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