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Sorry, I understand what you say or I misunderstood you.

Thank you.
All is well man, no worries
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Ok guys, I am coming here for some help with my PERC 5/i card... I hope I don't seem retarded, but I have never flashed anything before.

Currently, upon receipt of the card last year I didn't have the HDDs to check anything (it would always just error up saying nothing attached) and so now I got some HDDs and popped them in.

It lists LSI in POST, and upon looking at the firmware it correctly identifies it as the Perc 5/i, however it says "Configuration not possible. Error unknown". A good lists not too much for a fix for this... And I have an Nvidia bases chipset so the pin mod should not be necessary. Also, I am pretty sure my board (listed in specs below) doesnt require a pin mod as I saw someone else on here with a similar set up and they didn't have to pin mod.

However, I am led to believe that the quick fix would be to flash the firmware to Dell's. I am not sure if that is the best thing to do, and seek guidance on this.

Also, it would be my first time flashing (n00b I know... managed to avoid it thus far except for using within windows apps for my mobo firmware... but that's not the point) so I am entirely unsure of how to do it without totally frying the bugger. I have a laptop to correspond with while working on the desktop, so if I get stuck somewhere I can always ask further on here... but I think I need a HUGE shove in the right direction. I read most of this thread (up to page 133) a while back (that's were I bookmarked it) and skipped ahead and read ~350 to current. So if this was addressed in between I apologize for re-raising the issue.
1) Create a boot disk on a USB Thumb Drive: http://bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm
2) Download the "MegaCLI - Dos" http://www.lsi.com/cm/License.do?url...39_Dos_Cli.zip
3) Extract the file on to your formatted boot drive
4) Download the latest firmware and place on the formatted boot drive
5) Turn on the PC with the PERC and boot off the thumb drive
6) Run the command: MegaCli -adpfwflash -f [firmware name].rom -a0
7) Restart
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What woul dmake me feel that i need one of these on my rig?
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What woul dmake me feel that i need one of these on my rig?
2 or 3 drives for RAID 0 that are currently bottle-necked by your controller.

Or the need for a RAID Mode that doesn't work well on onboard controllers, like RAID 5.
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1) Create a boot disk on a USB Thumb Drive: http://bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm
2) Download the "MegaCLI - Dos" http://www.lsi.com/cm/License.do?url...39_Dos_Cli.zip
3) Extract the file on to your formatted boot drive
4) Download the latest firmware and place on the formatted boot drive
5) Turn on the PC with the PERC and boot off the thumb drive
6) Run the command: MegaCli -adpfwflash -f [firmware name].rom -a0
7) Restart
Thanks Duckie, your post was helpful as always. Do you think this is the best thing to try? And would you recommend a different version of LSI or use the Dell firmware?
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Thanks Duckie, your post was helpful as always. Do you think this is the best thing to try? And would you recommend a different version of LSI or use the Dell firmware?
Go with Dell firmware.
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Hi!, I'm also looking to install a heat sink to my card Perc 6 / i.They are a variety of heatsinks, but the problem is the clip, I found this:

Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II



and I think that would be compatible, but do not know if there any better method to use.

would be sufficient ???
That heatsink would be more than sufficient - in fact pretty much any heatsink with a fan will be overkill - you might as well just zip tie a small fan onto the stock sink.

However even if you have the room for that chipset cooler I wouldn't recommend it - I think it is too heavy and too tall to hang off a couple of pcb loops. If you could use a through mount and bolt it in place it would be possible (although still a little heavy to hang off the side of a card), but with the available mounting points I would have to say it is a bad idea. You are just asking to rip one of the mounts off, leaving you with pretty much no options to mount anything on the chip at all without using epoxy.
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I saw that for the chip near the end. My question was really for the processor in the middle that never had a clip.
The zalman heatsinks in the middle have thermal tape
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I've been convinced by this thread that the Dell PERC cards are the way to go to get a high value / low cost SAS/SATA controller. I am looking at building a whitebox vmware server and will be going with a PERC card. That being said, I've seen some cheap PERC 5i and 6i on ebay, but none of them ship to Canada. The only ones who ship to Canada are north of $200 and not the $100 I've seen on some US only auctions.

Anyone know where to find a cheap PERC 5i or 6i in Canada or someone who would ship it to Canada with the bbu and the 2 cables for SATA?

Thanks!
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The zalman heatsinks in the middle have thermal tape
Ah, Guess I'll need that then. Thanks
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