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Before you do that.... check for a firmware update.

Firmware on the label was CC1H or something similar. The working drive had the same as the 2 non working. I'm 99.9% sure this firmware is after they resolved the craptastic firmware that was a cause of lots of problems b4. Besides, they are already shipped out.
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And you are still thinking that it work OK ? I think you SHOULD do pin-mod ...



Dead/not-connected BBU shouldn't be a problem - I've played with 5 dead/good batteries and no problems ... but dead cache memory module - could be a problem ...
Only reason I beleive it's working okay is that everything I've heard about the perc 6/i not working with intel boards means it doesn't even boot, or creates a POST code. I mean I can try the pin mod, but I really don't want to use nail polish or varnish or w/e that is going to be a pain in the ass to remove.
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Well good news and bad news:

The card works without any modification on my Abit IP35-Pro. I can't access the management screen from bootup, but after downloading the LSI management software I can see the card, and all attached drives, and all is good.

However, as soon as I create a new array for my drives, be it 0, 5, 6 or 10, it will work fine for about 5-10 minutes, but eventually my DVD-ROM will flash, and the computer will lock up, requiring a reboot. On the reboot, every single time, port 1 or port 2 of my motherboards SATA RAID controller (two Raptors in raid-0) will fail to detect the drive, forcing me to reboot again. After the reboot it will boot up to the OS detection screen, and come back with OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND. I have to reboot once more, go to the advanced options screen for windows 7, and boot from there. This will continue until I delete the new RAID volume from the card. Once it's gone the system is rock stable.

Any idea's as to the cause? I've been searching around the internet for answers and haven't found anything yet. Could it be due to the write cache method I am using and the fact that I don't yet have a BBU for the card?
Are you running two RAID arrays, onboard and on the PERC? Could that be the problem - some sort of conflict?

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Only reason I beleive it's working okay is that everything I've heard about the perc 6/i not working with intel boards means it doesn't even boot, or creates a POST code. I mean I can try the pin mod, but I really don't want to use nail polish or varnish or w/e that is going to be a pain in the ass to remove.
I've used electrical tape - works like a charm, and comes off easy when required.
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Running two RAID controllers is an issue on some motherboards... particularly NVIDIA based ones.
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I have a new PERC 6/i card and battery I'm not using. My main board has RAID capability so i don't need it. Any ideas on what i should do with it?
Ebay.
How much did it cost and how much would you sell it for?
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Well good news and bad news:

The card works without any modification on my Abit IP35-Pro. I can't access the management screen from bootup, but after downloading the LSI management software I can see the card, and all attached drives, and all is good.

However, as soon as I create a new array for my drives, be it 0, 5, 6 or 10, it will work fine for about 5-10 minutes, but eventually my DVD-ROM will flash, and the computer will lock up, requiring a reboot. On the reboot, every single time, port 1 or port 2 of my motherboards SATA RAID controller (two Raptors in raid-0) will fail to detect the drive, forcing me to reboot again. After the reboot it will boot up to the OS detection screen, and come back with OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND. I have to reboot once more, go to the advanced options screen for windows 7, and boot from there. This will continue until I delete the new RAID volume from the card. Once it's gone the system is rock stable.

Any idea's as to the cause? I've been searching around the internet for answers and haven't found anything yet. Could it be due to the write cache method I am using and the fact that I don't yet have a BBU for the card?
I had a similar problem on my Asus P5K (same chipset as yours) setup... even after the pin-mod - I was running a raid1 array on the ICH9R and eventually gave up and now happily run all my harddrives on the perc. No need for me to do any different right now, but if you manage to resolve it... I'd happily shift the raid1 back onto the ICH9R and have two more ports available on the perc.
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First time poster on here.. and just wanted to thank you all for your work in collating all this info about the Perc5/i - I know I've found it useful and though I haven't read all 233 odd pages of this thread I've read a considerable number of them!

So to add a little info about my experiences:

I picked up a Perc5/i off ebay after some friends recommended it and it's working great so far. I'm using LSI firmware 7.0.1-0066 at the moment and it's working pretty good for me. I HAVEN'T done the pin mod yet.. since I had no errors at post/boot and MegaRAID software has been able to detect it fine - but I'll probably do this later just in case. Still yet to work out a long term cooling solution - but the case I have has a 120mm side fan blowing directly down on the card and this seems sufficient for the moment - I'll prolly just add a 4cm fan on top of the existing heatsink as I don't have a lot of room as got a pci network card below it.

I've combined it with a Q9400, Asus P5QL-EM Intel G43 MB, 4GB ram, Intel Dual Gig NIC and a handful of 1TB Western Digital GP drives - got three in the box now in RAID5 config, and once I transfer the data off my old NAS I'll add another two to it and grow the array. This is going to be my UberNAS - storage and virtual machine host.

You can see the full specs for the machine on my blog at http://juga.org/gadgets if you're interested.
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I had a similar problem on my Asus P5K (same chipset as yours) setup... even after the pin-mod - I was running a raid1 array on the ICH9R and eventually gave up and now happily run all my harddrives on the perc. No need for me to do any different right now, but if you manage to resolve it... I'd happily shift the raid1 back onto the ICH9R and have two more ports available on the perc.
I do have a Escalade 9800-s that I can use for RAID as well if it does turn out to be a conflict with the Perc. I would use the Perc but my OS drives are SATA1
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Does anybody have any experience with running 2 LSI different LSI-based cards on 1 motherboard?

I have a PERC 6i and an HP SC40Ge - I hope to run a RAID6 storage array from the PERC and a couple of RAID1 arrays on the HP card if possible. I am hoping the 2 cards will play nicely together, but wondered if anybody had any experiences or tips that might be useful in setting it all up - if it is even possible.

I have an Intel based board, but I am hoping the pin-mod won't be needed as it is a server board (S3000AH). Fingers crossed I might even be able to use the onboard ICH7R in RAID mode as well, just hoping that the Intel server implementation of the SMBus and BIOS will allow this. Anybody else using Intel server boards (with slightly aging chipsets)?

I know asking this seems a little lazy as I already have both cards, but I am missing a crucial component in my build - I have no cpu, and sadly no funds available yet. All this mentally contructing my server without actually being able to use anything is killing me!

Any info would be appreciated.
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Only reason I beleive it's working okay is that everything I've heard about the perc 6/i not working with intel boards means it doesn't even boot, or creates a POST code. I mean I can try the pin mod, but I really don't want to use nail polish or varnish or w/e that is going to be a pain in the ass to remove.
I'm using small piece of crystal clear duct tape
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