Author Topic: any other chipsets other than sil3112 able to boot OS 9? is sil3124 possible?  (Read 453 times)

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i read just now that the 2SE4 card was based on the SIL3124 chipset - can anyone confirm this?
https://www.firmtek.com/seritek/seritek-2se4/spec/
the 2se4 mentions mac bootability but is this OSX booting only? its been a long time since i visited these topics.. someone help me out

ok sorry ive just seen
 Self-contained Macintosh booting functionality
and thought this might have meant os9 aswell
but now i see in the documentation that it says osx 10.4 is the only os supported
https://www.firmtek.com/seritek/seritek-2se4/spec/
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Mac OS X version 10.4.0 or later (works best with 10.4.6 or later)

i see now this page is alot better to look at and answers alot of questions quickly:
https://www.firmtek.com/seritek/compat.php
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Re: boot on sil3124?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 01:11:19 AM »
My experience seems to be very different from others:

Sonnet cards did not boot either OS 9 or OS X. They were only useful for non-booting storage.

All Firmtek Seritek cards boot BOTH OS 9 and OS X.

BUT: you must buy the right card for your computer. PCI cards are NOT compatible with PCIe.

Some PCI-X cards are backwards compatible with PCI slots, but some are NOT.

But what Mac are you going to put the card into? I don't believe ANY Mac that will take a PCI-X card cannot be a G3 or G4, and will never boot OS 9. Has nothing to do with the card, and everything to do with the computer.

Sonnet was very popular at one time, but I found Seritek to be superior for SATA, and ATTO to be better for SCSI.


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Re: boot on sil3124?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 11:16:00 AM »
the reason for me bringing this up is that its just come to my attention that the endless supply (so i thought) of SIL3112 cards on ebay seems to have dried up
either that or perhaps its just a fluke that noone has an active listing at this time,
im sure there are more in china sitting in a warehouse somewhere

macarone:
alot of what u just said rigth now is actually false; no offence;
sonnet cards DO boot os9; the Tempo Sata ones with the 1S2 firmtek firmware anyway;
i posted the page above showing which cards can boot os9
which the page lists as : 1eVE4, 1V4, 1eVE2+2, 1eSE2, 1S2, 1SM2

out of that list these can be broken down into 2 groups/variations;

group A: 1eSE2, 1S2, 1SM2  are both the same thing with differences re: internal vs external, the 1sm2 being a pc-cardbus port of the 1s2 ( i beleive same chip?)
group B: 1eVE4, 1V4, 1eVE2+2 are all similar cards with differences re: internal vs external

group A runs of SIL3112 chipset
group B runs off the vitesse vcs7174  chipset which i believe is actually an intel chipset in disguise; called the "Intel 31244 PCI-X to SATA Controller"

group A is *** 32bit PCI
group B is *** 64bit PCI-X (downward compatible with 64bit PCI)



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Re: boot on sil3124?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 01:19:25 PM »
Sonnet cards did not boot either OS 9 or OS X.

i also dont get it to work (and i dont really need it) - but officially they can boot into everything. not sure what to do to make it work (because i never had a good reason to try again)

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Some PCI-X cards are backwards compatible with PCI slots, but some are NOT.
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But what Mac are you going to put the card into? I don't believe ANY Mac that will take a PCI-X card cannot be a G3 or G4, and will never boot OS 9.

all seritek and sonnet sata 150 based expansions are officially supporting "any G3 or G4", and like you said even some later PCI-X cards. but to my knowledge none of them supports OS9 (and OS9 softraid modes for that matter), they will only run in OSX.
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>i also dont get it to work (and i dont really need it) - but officially they can boot into everything. not sure what to do >to make it work (because i never had a good reason to try again)

Thanks for confirming this. I also actually only tried only one Sonnet card, and gave up on all of them.

I have several SeriTek cards, and each worked right out of the box, They boot OS 9, OS X, and they ALSO do "port multiplication", which is another thing the Sonnet card I had did NOT do.

I was trying to be helpful to those that are just trying to easily boot from SATA drives. I realize some prefer the cheapest solution even if it means modding pins and cables and flashing firmware. Same about the PCI vs PCI-X. Why get a PCI-X card for a PCI Mac, and hope it will work, when you can just get a PCI card that you know will work? Unless, of course the PCI-X card is guaranteed to be "backward compatible" and is cheaper too!



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guys;
please;
your comments are incorrect + not true;
please start your own thread;
i started this thread for a specific purpose to try to obtain a specific outcome; and that information is being obscured + detracted from by your guy's comments
which are totally irrelevant + factually incorrect in my opinion.

there is no macos9 booting card that supports port multiplication because it is not supported by the ***only two chipset that actually have firmware that supports booting mac os 9 (sil3112, or vitesse vcs7174)

the understanding of pci vs pci-x put forth in the comments above is also not accurate
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Why get a PCI-X card for a PCI Mac, and hope it will work, when you can just get a PCI card that you know will work?

ask anyone who understands and the answer will be: speed, bandwidth, throughput, performance;
pci-x is 64bit and is downward compatible with pci-64bit; while normal pci is 32bit; are u even reading my posts???
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Unless, of course the PCI-X card is guaranteed to be "backward compatible" and is cheaper too!
i would say from what i have learned + understand to be true is that ALL PCI-X is backward compatible with PCI. no exceptions.
referring back to a post i made years ago : http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?topic=893.0
PCI 32bit/33MHz   133.33 MB/s  (most short pci cards)
PCI 32bit/66MHz   266.7 MB/s
PCI 64bit/33MHz   266.7 MB/s (most mac pci slots)
PCI 64bit/66MHz   533 MB/s
PCI 64bit/100MHz   800 MB/s
as u can see there is a great performance increase to be had from pci @ 64bit/33mhz  (266MB/s which is what u get from using a pci-x card in a g3/g4)
compared to a normal shorter pci card (133MB/s)
but this is not what i intended to be discussing here and not why i made this thread;

my goal in starting this thread was to ask if anyone has ever acheived OS 9 booting on any other addon hardware featuring a  chipset other than sil3112 (or VCS7174)  this may be possible by firmware programming hacks or Openfirmware hacks etc etc
BECAUSE there used to be tons of SIL3112 cards cheaply available from china on ebay; now there is NOT

as far as i understand it : the term + definition of "PCI-X" really moreso refers to the EXTRA bandwidth above 64bit/66Mhz that they made available beyond 533MB/s
rather then the actual size of the connector on the slot (which all g4's seem to have connectors that are the same length but do not go above 64bit + do not operate at 66mhz)
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sonnet cards do boot os9, you just have to find the right version. they changed the hardware at some point in the production run. earlier versions work, later versions dont. Im currently using one in my beige g3 and it works fine with OS9.
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those are LSI controllers; seem to bridge two sil3112's together? but they dont have flash bios that can be reprogrammed as far as i can tell;

my idea was to try flashing a pb3124 with the sil3112 firmware; the pb3124 cards have socketted flashbios chips on them already so if it works it would be easy to order the correct brand/size and plop it in and reprogram no soldering required

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sonnet cards do boot os9, you just have to find the right version.

mine doesnt even boot OSX. probably wrong operation.
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Thanks for confirming this.

oh i didnt mean to confirm it. :) according to sonnet the tempo serial ata can boot both. i just dont get it to work because i dont care. my jumper settings are: 150 mode instead of 300, and nothing more.
"It is true that the "pre-emptive multitasking" advantage present in OS X can be illustrated by downloading CD-ROM ISOs and rendering chaos theory formulas while simultaneously instant messaging and posting on FaceBook what you ate... but in reality, what did you create?"
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please ignore IIO's random non-productive comments; he doesnt know what hes talking about; clearly; the Tempo Sata card is a clone of the firmtek 1S2 and does not have jumpers nor capability for Sata300 speed; his understanding is confused;

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those are LSI controllers; seem to bridge two sil3112's together? but they dont have flash bios that can be reprogrammed as far as i can tell;

my idea was to try flashing a pb3124 with the sil3112 firmware; the pb3124 cards have socketted flashbios chips on them already so if it works it would be easy to order the correct brand/size and plop it in and reprogram no soldering required

if one pops up cheap enough it might be worth experimenting with... I have run across RAID controllers in the past which allow you to disable their onboard bios, just presenting a pass-through adapter. still, even at that point I dont know if it would work since it would be expecting a mac firmware for the end controllers. but man... that would be nice. I actually found another one with a *third* SIL3112, allowing for six SATA ports. That would be killer.
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i wouldnt put much faith in those multiplexed sil3112 designs -- they are outside of the original firmware design.

if your goal is to create a working os9 booting card;
it has to be 2 ports only, Sata150.
it has to be SIL3112
it has to have a flash Bios chip that can be removed + resoldered/socketed to allow adding the correct size/type chip
and then finally it has to be programmed with flashrom (usually in a DOS based PCI machine, i used a 440bx pIII machine i believe)

so i doubt sil3124 will ever work because of its design being different from sil3112
so the other options im interesetd in hearing feedback about are: Sil3114 + Sil3512
*** i cant seem to find a block diagram for sil3112 atm if anyoen can find a similar diagram for sil3112 please post?

*** at the bottom of this post user renegade claims that he tried sil3512 and he reports that it will not boot; i assume he used the right flash chip for this aswell;(

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so the other options im interesetd in hearing feedback about are: Sil3114 + Sil3512
*** i cant seem to find a block diagram for sil3112 atm if anyoen can find a similar diagram for sil3112 please post?


Dunno if this info helps but I'll offer it for what it's worth. I recently got a DA and like its close relatives, the QSes, it refused to boot with a SiI3112 2-port cardflashed with the SeriTek 1s2 firmware. That same card worked in other PowerMacs from the 9600 to the MDD without issue.

I had a PC 2-port SiI3512 card so put that in the DA. Under OSX, the card was recognised so I tried flashing it with the Wiebetech OSX-only firmware. Flashing would always fail with a 'bus error' message. I flashed the card in another PowerMac and it now boots OSX in the DA. Previous attempts in a QS with a SiI3112 card flashed with the Wiebetech firmware resulted in the same failure to boot as with the SeriTek firmware. My guess from this is that there are more differences between the SiI3512 and the SiI3112 cards than just the chip although both can operate with the Wiebetech firmware.

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yes thats known, the dont work in QSs.
"It is true that the "pre-emptive multitasking" advantage present in OS X can be illustrated by downloading CD-ROM ISOs and rendering chaos theory formulas while simultaneously instant messaging and posting on FaceBook what you ate... but in reality, what did you create?"
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Dunno if this info helps but I'll offer it for what it's worth. I recently got a DA and like its close relatives, the QSes, it refused to boot with a SiI3112 2-port cardflashed with the SeriTek 1s2 firmware. That same card worked in other PowerMacs from the 9600 to the MDD without issue.

ya its an electrical incompatibility with the pins on the card re: the ADC implementation of the QS i believe
i saw a thread last night from may 2015 where i ran into the same issue; i documented that my original purple pcb tempo sata card from sonnet worked fine in the QS but the cheapo flashed versions did not.. its nothing to do with the actual flash but rather those cheap sil3112 cards the way they were made re: pin config i think...
so  - its not the rom flashing that is responsible but rather the electrical design of some of the sil3112 card implementations; not all sil3112 are incompatible with QS only some; as u acn tell by observing the positioning of the components on the pcb there are many many many different versions of sil3112a cards


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even if they arent bootable. using a SIL3124 card in a macos9 machine can provide some serious benefit; the fact that it has 4 sata 150 ports means instantly adding 2 new SoftRaid Sets; or it could be one massive stripe of 4 SSD's (insane??) 

its a universal 64bit pci-x card (@33mhz) which means it gives a bandwidth of 266.7 MB/s to a G4 mac (literally double the normal bandwidth speed most normal 32bit mac compatible pci cards would (which would be 133MB/s @ 33mhz))
so its worth checking out; as there are no more Firmtek pci-x cards for sale it would seem

at the very least they could be used for running apps + data if they cant be booted from?
does anyone have any experience with a card with the 3124 chipset?
has anyone tried flashing one of these cards wit the 2se4 firmware? (which is OS X bootable)
has anyone tried flashing one of these cards wit the 1s2 firmware? (which is OS 9 bootable)

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To have an ATA chipset usable by Mac OS, it will need to have an ATA Interface Module written for it.

To have it be bootable, it will also need a Fcode ROM to make it be usable by Open Firmware.

Here's some documentation on Apple's ATA implementation (including how to write AIMs): http://mirror.informatimago.com/next/developer.apple.com/documentation/Hardware/DeviceManagers/ata/ata.html

Quite a few documents are relevent to Open Firmware:

"Designing PCI Cards and Drivers for Power Macintosh Computers" is probably needed for both AIMs and Fcode. http://mirror.informatimago.com/next/developer.apple.com/documentation/Hardware/DeviceManagers/pci_srvcs/pci_cards_drivers/Designing_PCI_Cards_Drivers.pdf

And here is the datasheet on the SIL3124: http://www.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/pdf/218215/SILICONIMAGE/SII3124ACBHU.html.

The SIL3124 datasheet helpfully describes how to access the flash chip from PCI. Apple's PCI Driver Development Kit may be useful for that: https://www.staticky.com/mirrors/ftp.apple.com/developer/Development_Kits/PCI_DDK_3.0.sit.hqx.

Developing drivers for this seems doable. It just needs dedication from a good programmer. I suppose that may be hard to come across. I don't know the exact number of hackers working on the 9.2.2 reversing project, but I am pretty sure it is less than 10.
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thanks for adding that info;
honestly i think theres a much larger pay off in getting something liek thsi working rather then trying to invent a 9.3
i just dont get the fascination with trying to invent a new version of the os that never was;
when theres much more realistic goals that could be set; and achieved with massively better outcome for all;

i know from first hand experience its very easy to achieve speeds above 188MB/s with these longer PCI-X cards because of their 64-bit /33mhz operation; the Acard 6885M card that i have is the fastest card i have and its based on ATA133 simply because of the 64bit/33mhz bandwidth it offers above and beyond the normal 32-bit/33mhz cards; the sil3124 cards are available in great number under 10$ in the usa; WITH SOCKETED FLASH CHIPS usually of the 040 variety from what i could see; this is a huge oppourtunity if people can wake up and smell the coffee;

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Will all of the cards that use a chipset function identically?

If someone were to write a driver for one particular card that uses sil3124, would it be likely that other cards will also work?

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high possibility of YES i would say
based on the SIL3112 track record anyway

the firmtek 1s2 firmware was a special case scenario because of it being written to incorporate its advanced "Copy protection" technique -- but if firmware exists for the Sil3112 i dont see why a talented programmer who knew what he was doing couldnt duplicate the bootability for another chipset (sil3124) and even create multiple different size ROM's (that would be able to flash to other sil3124 cards that have soldered flashrom chips instead of socketed) and to include or not include the injected OS9 / OSX Kernel extensions that are embedded within the firmware. or make seperate firmwares (to lower the size) for os9 seperate + osx seperate rather then have them combined into one "catch-all" product the way firmtek did.

re: writing a driver;
im fairly certain a sil3124 card right now; if any of us had one; would "work" when booted in os9... as a data drive but not a boot drive; if you tried to boot from it i dont think it would find the tbxi toolbox image + boot; but who knows! there might even be a way to use the openfirmware environment to force a boot from the card in similar fashion to how people were ablet o force usb2 drive booting; without even editing firmware or re-flashing.

i havent confirmed that the sil3124 function as data drives in os9 without any "driver" or special "Re-flashing" but i would love it if someone else could test + report back on their findings; if noone else does id liek to get my hands on some of these cards to test  while they are for sale for 10$ on ebay; i have a strong suspiscion the reason that the sil3112 supply has dissappeared was because of "Harrymatic" posting on macrumours site about flashing the weibetech firmware.. which requierd no re-soldering or re-chipping which the end result was a sil3112 card that boots in osx, not os9; anyway the sil3112 cards seem to be SOLD OUT  so there needs to be a new solution located. theres people trying to sell tempo sata sil3112 that is compatible on the QS in os9 for 400$ on ebay right now

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Darthnvader's technique of loading fcode drivers from disk probably works for sata cards too, so you could test a driver without flashing if you cared to.

Judging by their respective datasheets, the  sil3112 and the sil3124 seem to have totally different architectures and internal registers. I personally wouldn't try to crossload firmware from them. If SATA II is very different from ATA, then I think it very unlikely that any existing ATA Interface Modules work with the sil3124. I lack the relevent knowledge to tell, but it at least seems that way from the wikipedia entries on SATA and ATA.

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the chipsets may be different; but the code pertaining to making it bootable; would be the same; at least some parts of it;

also if u look at the block diagram; it shows that the sil3124 supports both sata150 + sata300; and also supports atapi (SATAOptical Drives)
also not that the block diagram doesnt say SIL3124 but rather SiI3124 (small lowercase i, large uppcase i, often mistook for a lowercase L)

port multiplier support was definately not in siI3112
this block diagram is kind of misleading tho it looks like itsm ore talking about the capabilities of each port rather then specific ports intended use
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like i said before i wanted to try to do a file compare and isolate the start/end points within the firmtek 1s2 firmwaer
where the 2 embedded extension/kexts are

as its been established; theres 1 for macos9 and 1 for osx; 2 seperate extensions/kexts placed within the firmeware itself that get extracted + injected int the os9 + osx operating systems to enable boot;

i havent been using my ppc machines the last few years but before that i remember looking at this i thought i had extracted the kexts from an osx system (panther? or tiger? ppc) and wanted to do the same; to isolate the file that ti produces;  a great start would be to extract the individual files to use as a source to then compare to the firmware rom to isolate the start/end points of the files within the firmware; to get the files that get extracted have to do a littel sleuthing on os9 + osx and get copies of both extracted files and attach them here for reference

http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?topic=4995

is there any other people here that are willing to try to help with this?> that are booting from SIL3112 cards with the firmtek firmware?

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another card that has the sil3124 chipset:
Addonics ADS3GX4R5-E
https://www.addonics.com/support/user_guides/host_controller/ads3gx4r5-e.pdf
the documentation claims that it requires osx Panther or Tiger "for the driver (SiI3124 0.42.4.pkg.zip) to work properly"
"The SiI3124 0.42.4 Macintosh driver supplied with the Addonics
ADS3GX4R5-E SATA host adapter is designed to provide SATA port
multiplier compatibility on all four ports
with an Apple PowerMac G4 or G5
running Mac OS X 10.3.x or 10.4.x. The driver is not designed for use with
individual SATA hard drives in a direct connect configuration
."

strange. i guess this was for corporate use?

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There are a variety of SATA PM enclosures that will work with the
ADS3GX4R5-E host adapter using the SiI3124 0.42.4 Macintosh driver.
Addonics provides a Storage Tower that includes a 5X1 Port Multiplier that
will work with this host adapter (model ST5X1PM). It can be found here:
http://www.addonics.com/products/raid_system/ast4.asp
Many other vendors also sell SATA PM enclosures that are compatible with the
ADS3GX4R5-E host adapter using the SiI3124 0.42.4 Macintosh driver. Some
examples include the Sonnet Fusion 500P, DAT Optic Sbox-P and the
WiebeTech SilverSATA V.

https://www.addonics.com/support/user_guides/host_controller/ads3gx4r5-e%20mac.pdf

Need Single Drive Support?
If you need to support single hard drives (direct connect) with the
ADS3GX4R5-E host adapter it can be done using the Sil 3124 1.1.0 Macintosh
drivers found here:
http://www.siliconimage.com/support/supportsearchresults.aspx?pid=27&cid=3&ctid=2&osid=3&
https://web.archive.org/web/20070205094149/http://www.siliconimage.com/support/supportsearchresults.aspx?pid=27&cid=3&ctid=2&osid=3&

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SV-HBA3124-4 Mac OS X (10.3.x and 10.4.x) Driver 1.1.0
Email:   steelvinesupport@siliconimage.com
Web:   www.steelvine.com
this claims to be for a product called the SV2000; which it looks like is an ESATA enclosure with 5 bays? port multiplier?

full product description here:
http://www.scsi4me.com/silicon-image-sv2000.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20041010024128/http://www.steelvine.com/products_sv2000.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20020603233500/http://www.siliconimage.com/home.asp
https://web.archive.org/web/20020613190652/http://www.siliconimage.com/products/storage.asp

is there anyone on this forum that has a Sil3214 card?
i think protools5leguy said he bought one by accident years ago (2SE4)
anyone else? im just wondering if theres a generic Sil3214 driver for macintosh (osx)
any chance of trying to test this driver? support could be "built in" to osx aswell?
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finally found that document that matches the others i was posting at the beginning of this thread:
https://web.archive.org/web/20050530123537/http://www.verbatim.com.au/technotes/SiI-PB-0023.pdf

unfortunately not much useful info to be gained there :D lol




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