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Subject[RFC v2 6/6] pata_marvell: use async probe
From: "Luis R. Rodriguez" <>

Alexander reported that on his Sony VAIO VPCZ23A4R laptop
experiences long delays on boot when connected to its dock
station on pre 3.9 kernels but anything after 3.9 will cause
the device to not be detected at all ending with:

[ 38.065673] pata_marvell 0000:1a:00.0: no available native port
[ 38.065769] pata_acpi 0000:1a:00.0: no available native port

This laptop has a Marvell 88SE6121 SATA II Controller [11ab:6121]
and a BluRay writer attached. The reason for the delays are
caused by SRST errors and the link being slow to respond.
The pata_marvell driver is a simple libata wrapper so the
real required changes need to be made on libata however not
many folks are around and available anymore with intimate
knowledge and experience with these devices. Alexander notes
that it may be that *any* ATA BMDMA controller that fails to
respond to an identify command until a reset or other device
poking might suffer from similar fate, this needs to be
investigated further. Using async probe the issue caused
by systemd killing the driver after taking over 30 seconds
on probe.


Cc: Tejun Heo <>
Cc: One Thousand Gnomes <>
Cc: Oleg Nesterov <>
Cc: Benjamin Poirier <>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Reported-by: "Alexander E. Patrakov" <>
Signed-off-by: Luis R. Rodriguez <>
drivers/ata/pata_marvell.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/drivers/ata/pata_marvell.c b/drivers/ata/pata_marvell.c
index ae9feb1..6a543b9 100644
--- a/drivers/ata/pata_marvell.c
+++ b/drivers/ata/pata_marvell.c
@@ -175,6 +175,7 @@ static struct pci_driver marvell_pci_driver = {
.suspend = ata_pci_device_suspend,
.resume = ata_pci_device_resume,
+ .driver.async_probe = true,


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