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  • Hi

    Does anybody know if this SATA controller will work in WHS/server2003? I've checked Silicon Image website, there is no download link for server2003 but have driver for 64 bits version of server2003.

    But, I've found different company that use same chipset, there is download link for server2003.

    i dont really want to spend £21 that i dont know if it will work or not.

    thanks
    Saturday, February 17, 2007 5:09 PM

Answers

  • Hi,
     
    I have a Silicon Image 2port IDE RAID controller.
     
    On the driver download page under the Win XP driver, it says "this driver also works with windows server 2003"
     
    I had a look on the website for you, but the XP driver disnt say it was 2003 compatible. Personally I would try it, and IF it wont work with WHS then you can use it in another machine perhaps? or put it on ebay for a fiver less than you paid for it ? :) then its a simple 5 pound experiment.
     
    cheers
     
    Russ
    Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:40 AM

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  • I never could get it working. I think the drivers should definitely be added to the build, as this chip is very common in add-in cards for SATA. Since a lot of self-build types will be repurposing an old box, it's pretty likely they'll use an SATA card in it.
    Saturday, February 17, 2007 9:09 PM
  • Hi,
     
    I have a Silicon Image 2port IDE RAID controller.
     
    On the driver download page under the Win XP driver, it says "this driver also works with windows server 2003"
     
    I had a look on the website for you, but the XP driver disnt say it was 2003 compatible. Personally I would try it, and IF it wont work with WHS then you can use it in another machine perhaps? or put it on ebay for a fiver less than you paid for it ? :) then its a simple 5 pound experiment.
     
    cheers
     
    Russ
    Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:40 AM
  • I also have a 2 port S-ATA controller (the 3112 to be precise) on the SI site it says nothing about windows 2003, but right clicking on the card in device manager, choosing to update the driver, and then letting it search automaticly (it wil connect to MS site and download right drivers if it cann find them) will probably install it completely
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:30 AM
  • Hi,

    my WHS works with an 4-Port-SATA-Addon-Card based on SIL3124-chipset (Dawicontrol DC-4300).

    I use the Win2000/XP-driver from the SIL-Website since the card wasn't recognized by default.

    I changed the card-bios from SATARaid to SATALink so connected Harddisk work as "normal" and not as RAID.

    Work's fine with WHS an 3 connected 250 GB Samsung HD's.

    Greetings from Germany
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007 1:43 PM
  • Majority of the systems that I am looking at to build a future WHS with only come with 2 SATA ports onboard, so it would be excellent for the silicon image drivers  included in the OS. Otherwise good find guys with the XP drivers, I will use them until MS have completed WHS.
    Friday, February 23, 2007 11:13 AM
  • I can attest. I have the same card. I have 10 drives connected via port multipliers to 2 of the ports, works great. I also have set the card BIOS to BASE mode, and installed the BASE driver (not the RAID ones)
    Saturday, February 24, 2007 12:43 AM
  •  kapone wrote:
    I can attest. I have the same card. I have 10 drives connected via port multipliers to 2 of the ports, works great. I also have set the card BIOS to BASE mode, and installed the BASE driver (not the RAID ones)


    how do you do this? also which driver did u used? BASE driver as IDE driver from 3114 folder in driver cd?

    thanks
    Saturday, February 24, 2007 8:22 PM
  • Kapone, plz explaing what a port multiplier is and what companies manufacture these?

    Sunday, February 25, 2007 5:25 PM
  •  Schroinx wrote:

    Kapone, plz explaing what a port multiplier is and what companies manufacture these?



    There's a discussion of eSATA port multipliers and a pointer to one example here.

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    Ken
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 7:03 PM
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  •  Wesleyuk wrote:
     kapone wrote:
    I can attest. I have the same card. I have 10 drives connected via port multipliers to 2 of the ports, works great. I also have set the card BIOS to BASE mode, and installed the BASE driver (not the RAID ones)



    how do you do this? also which driver did u used? BASE driver as IDE driver from 3114 folder in driver cd?

    thanks

    Yes, I flash the Sil 3124 card's BIOS to BASE mode and use the BASE 32 bit driver.

    With 3124 based host adapters, any 3726 based port multiplier will Work. Addonics sells one, and I believe there are several others available, which may differ cosmetically but all use the same chipset. You do not need to buy the host adapter from the PM vendor, as long as the HBA and the PMs are based on those standards, they will be compatible.

    Once, you configure them in BASE mode, WHS (or WindowsXP/2003 for that matter, I have tested with them as well), just sees individual drives. It's the equivalent of having that many SATA ports on your motherboard. However, very few motherboards offer more than 8 ports, this Sil based setup is an excellent way to have a LOT of drives connected to your server, for very little money.

    Sunday, February 25, 2007 11:06 PM
  • WesleyUK - I've just installed Sil3114 with no problems. No name card from Hong Kong via eBay.
    Thursday, March 1, 2007 11:32 PM
  • Hi

    can you pls tell me how u install, which driver did u used for WHS and text mode setup?

    thanks
    Friday, March 2, 2007 10:55 AM
  • No problem.

    I downloaded the latest bios and drivers from Silicon Image.

    My card came with 2004 raid bios. So the first thing I did was flash it to the latest non raid bios (b5314.bin) from a floppy boot disk.

    I copied all the 1.3.10.0 driver files to a floppy.

    Connected up two sata disks - made sure they were seen in the computer bios and set one as boot.

    Started the WHS install - no drives seen, "do you want to install drivers", selected yes and pointed to the floppy.

    When Windows Server install starts and the "press F6 for other drivers" comes up - press F6. When asked load the drivers from floppy disk. 

    The install should (eventually) complete.

    Friday, March 2, 2007 11:27 AM
  • I have the 3114 based card. A P3 1Ghz with a Asus CUSL (bios 1009) is the test rig.

    Before installing I falshed the cards bios with the BIO-003114-100-5304.

    Installing WHS on a SATA disc connected to the 3114 card has been a major pain, and still is. First I had trouble getting the CUSL board to boot from the DVDs or CDs while the 3114 was present, but at some point it worked. I only had one disk connected to the 3114 while installing on channel 1. First time, the driver was loaded but WHS could not find any drive. I recopied the driverfiles to the floppy, and restarted the install. 3114_x86_win32_base_logo_1205IDE from Silicon Images webpage. This time, WHS found the drive. However, it could not mount my PATA DVD drive, so the setup closed down leaving me on the desktop. In exploerer I could see the DVD drive for some reason and clicking it, the installer came back up for some reason. Don't ask why. Then it had problems with installing WinFX. A hard reset of the computer took care of this. So finally there. I installed VNC to connect remotely to it with something that I know work and connected my other disks to the SIL3114 card and a PATA to the mobo controller. I testen everything and it worked like a charm. I disconnected the monitor, mouse and keyb. I then found that the machine will not boot from the 3114, if the usb mouse are not attached to it. Don't ask me why. I believe that all this tributes to the combination of the 3114 and the old mobo, rather than WHS. Dunno if others has better results with a different bios version on the card or drivers?

    /Schroinx

    Friday, March 2, 2007 11:35 AM
  • Update: I hadn't read the SI download page, so noticing the existence of the newer 5.3.14 bios I flashed the card once again, and I can now boot without the USB mouse connected to the system :-D

    /Schroinx

    Friday, March 2, 2007 12:11 PM
  • I successfully got a SIL 3114 4 port sata RAID Controller working using the drivers on Silicon's Support page. Now I haven't initialized them yet(I need to find somewhere to put all the data while I format them) but they are visible accessible.
    Friday, March 2, 2007 4:22 PM
  • I am having similar issues with the 3512 SATA controller. I downloaded the latest bios from the silicon image website dated 3/2/07 I am using B4383.bin which is the BASE bios for a non-raid installation. Also using base driver for XP 1.3.67.0 dated 11/19/06. The only one I see on the site for 2003 Server are 64bit drivers.
    My hardware consists of an Old dual PIII 800, Asus CUVDX4 motherboard, 768MB memory, 3512a PCI SATA controller (none onboard), 500GB Maxtor HD, 400GB Seagate HD. Tried each connected one at a time with same results.
    In WHS setup I provide the drivers from floppy, then select my disk to install, it creates system partition then proceeds to format it. At the very end as soon as it starts to copy files I get the following error.
    Copy files failed: The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.
    (error code 0x800703ed)
    I'm guessing this is just a driver issue I'm having but has anyone managed to get the 3512 version of this chepo controller working? I've tried all different drivers from CD and website with no luck.
    Working now! I was trying to just use the 500GB so I could test out Drive Extender for the second drive but I kept getting the above errors.  I hooked both drives up and worked like magic, not sure why, same drivers and bios.

    About to give up now, at least for the evening. Got so far, almost done, Installed WinFX, then after the "Installing Windows Home Server" green bar I get an error Installing Windows Home Server failed: The parameter is incorrect (error code 0x80070057)
    Friday, March 9, 2007 6:21 AM
  • I had the SIL-3114 working great with WHS build 1301.  Installing WHS CTP build 1340+ has been nothing but trouble with this card.  The SI website has an updated  BIOS & Drivers out but they don't seem to be helping me.  I see some post here that used BIOS 5314 with driver 1.3.10.0, I was wondering if this BIOS and Driver is working with the new build?
    Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:59 AM
  • Bios 5403, driver 1.3.10.0 with CTP here - no problems as yet.
    Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:13 AM
  • Hardware: MSI-6368 Motherboard, P3-1000 CPU. I first built my system with a pair of standard ATA drives, and after it was up and running installed a SiL3114 card with 4 SATA ports and 3 SATA drives. The system performed well.

     

    When the CTP version Build 06.00.1371 was released I attempted a SERVER REINSTALLATION for the upgrade to preserve the data I had already stored. At the installation point where installed drives are shown, only the 2 ATA drives were visible. Installed the 2 SI drivers (3114 Raid Driver V1.5.10.0 from SI website, files si3114r5.inf - Silicon Image SiL 3114 Soft Raid5 Controller - and sippd.inf - Silicon Image's Pseudo Processor Device.

     

    At this stage all drives were visible, so I continued the installation. Some 2 hours later the bad news: "Installing Windows Home Server failed. A device attached to the system is not functioning. (error code 0x8007001f)"

     

    Subsequently I ran a NEW INSTALLATION with all drives connected. Again only the ATA drives were visible, the drivers were installed as before, and the whole 5 drives again became visible. Installation continued normally, and WHS ran perfectly.

     

    HOWEVER, on inspection only the 2 ATA drives were installed! An inspection of Device Manager revealed the dreaded yellow ? on the RAID Controller entry, "The drivers for this device are not installed (Code 28)" and "To reinstall the drivers for this device click Reinstall Driver"

     

    There was no entry at all for the Silicon Image's Pseudo Processor Device (normally under System Devices list)

     

    Running the Reinstall Driver process using the same drivers as already loaded gave a perfect result, with both SoftRaid5 and Pseudo Processor  listed and shown as working correctly, the 3 SATA drives now also appearing under Device Manager ( although they had to be added using Connector to the actual array).

     

    This situation makes it currently impossible to run a REINSTALLATION with this arrangement, so LOSS OF ALL DATA IS INEVITABLE in a rebuild!

     

    Does anyone have any ideas on this issue?

     

    Tuesday, May 1, 2007 12:31 AM
  • I keep getting the following message when I want to load the drivers: The driver requires the machine to reboot.

    Wednesday, May 2, 2007 3:11 PM
  • There are two areas where WHS CTP will ask for the drivers.  When you get to the Server 2003 portion (2nd time for the drivers) - The bottom of the screen will state Press F6 to load additional drivers (there is a small amout of time to hit F6 so hit it immediately a couple of times).  You will need to provide the driver at this point.  I used the original drivers that came with the card, however I updated the firmware first.  After the install was complete, WHS installed newer drivers as part of windows update.
    Wednesday, May 2, 2007 9:29 PM
  • Hi I have the same controller in my system and had no problems when using the previous version of WHS, after CTP update i've lost it an can't get it back to work. I have two new SATA hdd's waiting to be added to my server and still waiting for solution. Might end up with reinstal at some point.

     

    Bart

    Tuesday, June 5, 2007 10:10 AM
  • Guys,

     

    Just some general stuff, if you are using the controller as a JBOD then it's better if you flash the bios for ide. Generally Sil bios files contain 3 images: ide, raid and integrated on motherboard. The docs point to the correct version to use.

     

    Also, it's a SATA150 card, so set those SATAII drives to 150 mode with the jumper. If you have SATA1 (150) disks then disabling the spread spectum may help stability. You can get the info from the vendor support sites.

     

    Lastly, pci mass storage devices like being in the highest pci slot. My card won't even post if it's not in slot 1.

     

    Most people will have done this but like me others may dive straight in and load the software and then have to sort stuff out.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by anna platt Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:50 PM
    Monday, June 11, 2007 8:17 PM