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PCIIDE(4) Device Drivers Manual PCIIDE(4)

pciidePCI IDE controller driver

pciide* at pci? flags 0x0000
pciide* at jmb? flags 0x0000


atapiscsi* at pciide? flags 0x0000
wd* at pciide? flags 0x0000

The pciide driver supports the PCI IDE controllers as specified in the "PCI IDE controller specification, revision 1.0" draft, as well as the Serial ATA controllers working either in parallel ATA compatibility mode or in native serial mode. It provides the core functions for the wd(4) and atapiscsi(4) drivers. This driver includes specific, enhanced support for the CMD Tech PCI0640 controller and IDE DMA/UltraDMA support for the following PCI IDE controllers:

Some of these controllers are only available in multifunction PCI chips.

The 0x0001 flag forces the pciide driver to use DMA when there is no explicit DMA mode setting support for the controller but DMA is present. If the BIOS didn't configure the controller properly, this can cause a machine hang.

atapiscsi(4), intro(4), jmb(4), pci(4), scsi(4), wd(4), wdc(4)

There's no way to know reliably if a CMD064x controller is enabled or not. If the driver finds a PCI064x, it will assume it is enabled unless PCIIDE_CMD064x_DISABLE is specified in the kernel config file. This will be a problem only if the controller has been disabled in the BIOS and another controller has been installed which uses the ISA legacy I/O ports and interrupts.

The CMD0646U is reportedly unable to operate properly in UltraDMA mode. UltraDMA will not be enabled on this controller unless PCIIDE_CMD0646U_ENABLEUDMA is specified in the kernel config file.

For proper operation of UltraDMA 3 and higher modes a 40-pin, 80-conductor cable must be used. On some controllers, the pciide driver can probe the chip and see if it detects that an 80-conductor or 40-conductor cable was used. If not, it will down-grade to UltraDMA 2 mode. On other controllers, no such capability exists, and the driver assumes you are using an 80-conductor cable. If you are getting errors about corrupted data, check to make sure you are using the correct cable. An 80-conductor cable is recommended for any IDE installation, not just ones using faster UltraDMA modes, because it will decrease electrical noise and increase data reliability.

The AMD756 chip revision D2 has a bug affecting DMA (but not Ultra-DMA) modes. The workaround documented by AMD is to not use DMA on any drive which does not support Ultra-DMA modes. This does not appear to be necessary on all drives, the PCIIDE_AMD756_ENABLEDMA option can be used to force multiword DMA on the buggy revisions. Multiword DMA can eventually be disabled on a per-drive basis with config flags, see wd(4). The bug, if triggered, will cause a total system hang.

The timings used for the PIO and DMA modes for controllers listed above are for a PCI bus running at 30 or 33 MHz. These timings will work on a slower bus, but they may cause errors on an over-clocked bus.

March 15, 2012 OpenBSD-5.3