SATA: "unknown partition table" error, fdisk can't fix, works in 2.6.13

Olof Johansson olof at
Sat Sep 30 06:20:40 EST 2006

On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 15:11:20 -0500 Timur Tabi <timur at> wrote:

> I have a SATA drive attached to a PowerPC 8349E board, using the SIL 3114 controller.  I'm running the latest code from Paul Mackerras (PowerPC maintainer) (2.6.18-blabla).
> I'm experiencing a number of I/O errors with the SATA drive.  fdisk can see the partition table, but when I issue the "w" command, I get this output:
> The odd thing is that this works in 2.6.13, so something is broken.  I don't know if it's a bug in the sata_sil driver, or a configuration issue.  Can anyone help?

Do you use MSDOS or MAC partition (or other) type? Make sure you have
the one you use in the config.

It looks like the arch/powerpc/configs/mpc83* defconfigs enable neither.


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