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Originally Posted by DJZeratul View Post
"Windows cannot install required files. The file does not exist. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code 0x80070002"

is a media error. Try re-burning the disc at a slower speed or use different media to burn it onto. If that doesn't work, its possibly a problem with the optical drive or controller the optical drive is on. You could attempt a flash media install or install from an external usb HDD to overcome this if it is indeed the issue.
I found a different brand disc and burned at 1x and it still didn't work. I kept getting cannot format errors for the drives or the media error. It was so bad that I tried installing it on my 1.5TB mirrored drives that are plugged into the motherboard and I would still receive the same error message. I decided to take out the PERC in sheer desperation thinking that my motherboard may be at fault and the installation went through without a hitch on my 1.5TB mirrored drives.

So what in the world is wrong with my PERC? I saw that when I was able to get to the "Expanding Windows Files" stage that the activity LEDs on my SAS drive bay would go crazy for a while and then just stop. A few minutes later I would get the error message. And when I tried installing Win 7 on my 1TB Samsung Spinpoints (Which are connected to Channel 0 on the PERC) that they would spin up and work for a while and then just stop.

I'm about to try the pin mod again with some liquid electrical tape or some other tape.
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Try another cable?
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Hi, i recently discovered overclock.net and this thread on the perc. A couple of questions.
Does the 5i or 6i work in a supermicro board specifically the x8dah+F?
Does the 6i use the same battery and battery cable that the 5i does?
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That board uses the Intel® 5520 chipset which is similar to the x58 but supports dual quad-core 45nm xeon counterparts to the i7 line. As I have never worked with this kind of hardware I cant say for sure, but I am willing to wager that if intel changed the SMBus IRQ in the x58 chipset, they probably did the same IRQ with the 5520. You are going into uncharted waters here because of the obscurity of the chipset so the only real way to find out is to test it yourself... unless someone comes out of the woodwork that has experience with this chipset
I don't know the 5520, but I have a perc 5/i on my 5400 (the previous version) and it works without any pin mod. Somewhere (on this thread) I read that only the "desktop" intel chipset have problems with the perc 5 and require the pin mod.
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Try another cable?
Tried it and it still didn't work.
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There was one person who reported data corruption with it with arrays over 2TB

Since then we haven't seen any issues reported so I am thinking it was an isolated incident.

As for the pin mod not working, try some different BIOS revisions for your motherboard. If the latest doesnt work, go back one revision and try again. Sometimes the SMBus IRQs are reassigned in a BIOS update and it causes the issue. Someone reported success with a gigabyte board with intel chipset and using one BIOS revision earlier than the latest. Its worth a shot if you are desperate to get it to work
I tried this on my DFI X38-T2R and it worked flawlessly on the 3rd PCIe slot.

I tried updating to the latest LSI firmware the Perc5i and on my Evga 730i board, I updated the bios on that as well. No dice. It looks like this motherboard just wont work with it.
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Is there anyway to speed up the boot process of the PERC 5/i ? Its painfully slow...............
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Is there anyway to speed up the boot process of the PERC 5/i ? Its painfully slow...............
This is because you probably have only the PERC controller on your PC.
I have also another 8 port SAS controller (a 1068E integrated on the MB) and a 4 port eSATA Silicon image controller. Compared to the others, the PERC is FAST... My total boot time is over 2 minutes.

In any case, I think that the answer is no. Almost all high end controllers are very slow at the boot. The perc is aligned to the standard.
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I don't know the 5520, but I have a perc 5/i on my 5400 (the previous version) and it works without any pin mod. Somewhere (on this thread) I read that only the "desktop" intel chipset have problems with the perc 5 and require the pin mod.
My Intel S3000AH server board still requires the pin mod.

Regarding the PERC boot time - if you do not need to boot from the card, disable its onboard BIOS. This should shave a few seconds off the boot time.
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I found a different brand disc and burned at 1x and it still didn't work. I kept getting cannot format errors for the drives or the media error. It was so bad that I tried installing it on my 1.5TB mirrored drives that are plugged into the motherboard and I would still receive the same error message. I decided to take out the PERC in sheer desperation thinking that my motherboard may be at fault and the installation went through without a hitch on my 1.5TB mirrored drives.

So what in the world is wrong with my PERC? I saw that when I was able to get to the "Expanding Windows Files" stage that the activity LEDs on my SAS drive bay would go crazy for a while and then just stop. A few minutes later I would get the error message. And when I tried installing Win 7 on my 1TB Samsung Spinpoints (Which are connected to Channel 0 on the PERC) that they would spin up and work for a while and then just stop.

I'm about to try the pin mod again with some liquid electrical tape or some other tape.
Very strange, indeed. Have you noticed any issues with the card when the card BIOS shows up right after POST? Sometimes it will hve you an idea whats going on, perhaps a bad RAM checksum mor something else. If thats not the case, maybe try it in a different PCI-e slot? I'm not sure what else to suggest, I havent run into this issue before without being able to fix it by re-burning media. You could always try making a bootable flash drive with the windows install files (you'll need at least a 4GB flash drive).

http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/c...38D!1665.entry has a walk-through on how to prepare the flash drive. If anything else, it will rule out the optical drive and place the blame directly on the PERC (which you've already done almost 100%, so its up to you if your desperation extends as far as it would for me... taking the time to make a flash drive to install windows is a good idea for future installs, though, because it makes it a lot faster than installing from a disc).
    
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I tried reading the thread, but I think I'm only up to posts in the 1400's...

I just got a Perc 5/i that I wanted to stick in my server (Emachines t6410 motherboard/CPU), but I cannot get the system to boot. There are no drives attached to the Perc 5. If I remove the card, the system boots like always. When I say doesn't boot, I mean my monitor does not turn on (so I don't know if something else is happening). I noticed the heatsink gets warm; I don't know if that's of any use though. Even though it's an AMD machine, I tried the pin 5-6 mod, and had no success

Attached are BIOS settings (without the Perc 5). Does anyone know what I might have to change in order to get this to work?
http://img14.imageshack.us/i/picture044d.jpg/
http://img528.imageshack.us/i/picture045t.jpg/
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http://img245.imageshack.us/i/picture051i.jpg/

Is it possible that it will just straight up not work with my motherboard?
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