PE2900 Onboard SATA

Keith krbaker+dpe at
Wed Dec 20 13:34:11 CST 2006

I think they work just fine.  My guess is that they put them on the
board for the eventuality that they start shipping SATA CDRom drives
IIRC there is even a nice plasic 'channel' leading from the ports to the
cdrom area. And why not? As you point out the Southbridge already has
them so they might as well.

On Wed, 2006-12-20 at 14:24 -0400, Andrew Reid wrote:
> I noticed that the PE2900 has two SATA connectors on the motherboard, 
> and a BIOS choice to enable/disable. However they don't seem to be 
> mentioned by Dell in the Tech Spec for the 2900. I assume they are 
> connected to the Intel Southbridge.
> Has anyone used these cabled up to a SATA drive ? I don't have one to 
> try right now, but I was wondering if there was any driver issues or 
> hopefully they just work with a modern kernel. So before I go out an by 
> a drive, I was hoping someone could tell me whether they work or not.
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