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I also Bought the SuperMicro cables, I bought 2 of them tried both, I also tried another system board but it was a P35 chipset. I even tried 2 SAS drives and no go. So I ask everybody who has this card running with drives, list the system board and chipset and the cables they used with the card.
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post #312 of 7150
Quote:
Originally Posted by ounderfla69 View Post
I also Bought the SuperMicro cables, I bought 2 of them tried both, I also tried another system board but it was a P35 chipset. I even tried 2 SAS drives and no go. So I ask everybody who has this card running with drives, list the system board and chipset and the cables they used with the card.
Right now it runs flawlessly in a Biostar Tforce6100 with a Sempron 2800+, 4 640GB Western Digital drives on ports 5-8, and these cables. I didn't use the pin mod yet, but as it'll be going into an X48 board for its permanent home I'll most likely have to do that.

I'll have another 4 drives with a like cable on ports 1-4 when it moves to its new home.


I didn't mess around much within the setup options during boot, but you may have to assign each drive to single-drive mode. I don't recall what it's actually called, but that may make it available to windows.
Edited by technodanvan - 10/3/08 at 9:00pm
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Well, this might be the problem: supermicro cables we have are mentioned on few sites as CROSSOVER, but yours, from Adaptec, are explicitely mentioned as being STRAIGHT THRU

It looks that Supermicro CBL-0103L cables are not dsigned to be used with standalone drive, but are for conection of backplane
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post #314 of 7150
Could be, unless someone knows otherwise. The reason I got mine was for the extra length, it'll be going in a large case and i wanted to be sure I had enough reach.

There is a 5th cable coming off it though, almost looks like it's for plugging into a USB header but I'm sure that's not it. I suspect it's for a read/write light on a case or something. Haven't looked it up, haven't done anything with it, don't want to brek what's working, lol.
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Well that might be it, So Ill go order some of the adaptec cables and see how they do.. Do you have the link to the ones you bought?

**Edit** looked back 3 posts, feel like a dumbass!!
Edited by ounderfla69 - 10/5/08 at 10:14am
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Quote:
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Well, this might be the problem: supermicro cables we have are mentioned on few sites as CROSSOVER, but yours, from Adaptec, are explicitely mentioned as being STRAIGHT THRU

It looks that Supermicro CBL-0103L cables are not dsigned to be used with standalone drive, but are for conection of backplane
yes the description says:

50cm 4-Lane SAS (SFF-8484) to 4X 7-Pin Sata Expander Cable - Cascade Crossover Cable, compatible with CSE-M28E1 SAS/Sata Hard Drive tray

Good research
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Would it really matter though? I mean, isn't a backplane basically just a pass-through for the connection? It doesn't do anything else...
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Just as an FYI, I got an additional single drive working on the card. You still need to go through the cards BIOS to activate it before Windows will see it. It will sort of look like you're making a RAID-0 array, but you really aren't (obviously).

If it's a storage drive with information already on it, be sure to NOT select the initialize option as apparently that'll nix any files you had on it previously.

Card seems to be running the same temp with the additional drive on the first slot.

Bad news though, apparently I bought the wrong kind of ram. I thought it needed unbuffered ECC? Dunno what the problem is but basically the machine just booted through and didn't recognize the card at all. Meaning my array wouldn't show until i swapped in the other memory.

Dunno if this is related to the card but my boot drive is a single 80GB Hitachi. For whatever reason my Xp x64 install boots with only a single loading bar showing, which is about as fast as any RAID array I've ever done. And this is directly connected to the motherboard not through the Perc controller. Probably just a fluke I guess, but I thought it was kinda neat, though I have no idea why it's doing it so fast.
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Anyone know where to get a BBU for this card.
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I'm looking to buy one of these, and I had a few questions about that cache. From what I can tell its DDR2 400MHz ECC 256MB. Does anyone know if the cache module (a) has to be 400 MHz (b) has to be ECC and (c) has to be 256 MB? Thanks.
    
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