Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 144853
Data corruption with sata_sil and 8GB of memory. Duplicated by Vendor
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:05 EST
Description of problem:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Repoduced numerous times on two systems.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Have sata_sil drive/controller and 8GB memory.
2. Install Redhat EL3 U3 or U4
3. Reboot and see results! Data corruption apparent during reboot.
EMAIL From VENDOR:
> What exactly would I report to them? I am not sure how to phrase
> issue. Is it using 8GB of memory or??? I have many other systems
Here is the detail. When using the Silicon Image SATA driver
(sata_sil) under 8GB, data corruption occurs. With 4GB memory, there
is no problem. You can verify this by removing 4GB from your system
and reinstall RHEL3. BTW, we use RHEL3 Update 4 (AMD64 edition) for
To support 8GB of memory under RHEL3, you will have to use SCSI or
IDE disk. If you want to use the onboard SATA controller, the machine
is limited to 4GB for now.
Is this an EM64T (Intel-base x86-64) machine?
It's likely this is a duplicate of bug #132848.
This was on an AMD Opteron system, not an EM64T. We have already
turned off the SATA controller, installed a SCSI card and SCSI drive,
and the problem has gone away.
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, which is in maintenance phase.
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critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products. Since
this bug does not meet that criteria, it is now being closed.
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