I have a BIOSTAR NF520-A2 motherboard[1] with the nForce 520 chipset.
It seems I am getting constant CRC errors no matter how I transfer
data. Downloading files over the NIC results in a hit or miss as to a
complete file. Transferring files over USB seems to result in a bad
transfer every time -- the md5sums don't match before and after the
transfer. I have two SATA drives in the machine from two different
manufacturers. One is brand new, and the other is an old drive I
purchased at retail. I don't believe this problem is with drives. The
BIOS is configure to automatic for all settings (not trying to
overclock anything). I have also ran memtest86+ on the memory; it
returned zero errors. I doubt I am unlucky enough to have two bad SATA
cables; particularly since one was being used before with no issues.
The CRC errors occur no matter which SATA drive I transfer the data
to.

The CRC errors occur if I am using an x86_64 kernel or an i686 kernel
(verified with SystemRescueCD 1.0.1). I am using the 2.6.24.4 kernel
as packaged by Arch Linux. When the machine boots I get the following
information:

scsi2 : sata_nv
scsi3 : sata_nv
ata3: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x9f0 ctl 0xbf0 bmdma 0xd800 irq 23
ata4: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x970 ctl 0xb70 bmdma 0xd808 irq 23
ata3: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
ata3.00: ATA-8: WDC WD2500AAJS-00VTA0, 01.01B01, max UDMA/133
ata3.00: 488397168 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 0/32)
ata3.00: configured for UDMA/133
ata4: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 300)
ata4.00: ATA-7: Maxtor 6Y120M0, YAR51HW0, max UDMA/133
ata4.00: 240121728 sectors, multi 16: LBA
ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access ATA WDC WD2500AAJS-0 01.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
scsi 3:0:0:0: Direct-Access ATA Maxtor 6Y120M0 YAR5 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
Driver 'sd' needs updating - please use bus_type methods
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] 488397168 512-byte hardware sectors (250059 MB)
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't
support DPO or FUA
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] 488397168 512-byte hardware sectors (250059 MB)
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't
support DPO or FUA
sda: sda1 sda2 sda3
sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 240121728 512-byte hardware sectors (122942 MB)
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't
support DPO or FUA
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 240121728 512-byte hardware sectors (122942 MB)
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't
support DPO or FUA
sdb: sdb1
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk

I am particularly concerned about the "Driver sd needs updating" line.
Could this be the cause of my problem? What can be done to fix this
problem?

Thanks in advance,

James Sumners

[1] -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138077
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