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post #4451 of 7276
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Originally Posted by portauthority View Post
The ability to use 3rd party drives will be enabled on the PERC H700 and H800 by Q2FY11. Hopefully someone can try these out after the firmware update: http://www.standalone-sysadmin.com/b...-party-drives/
Dell have actually been promising this for a while, and it keeps slipping. I wouldn't buy an H700/800 until after the firmware is available if using it with non-certified drives is your aim.
post #4452 of 7276
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Originally Posted by portauthority View Post
The ability to use 3rd party drives will be enabled on the PERC H700 and H800 by Q2FY11. Hopefully someone can try these out after the firmware update: http://www.standalone-sysadmin.com/b...-party-drives/
In this link (ebay) sell a Perc H700 that indicate can connect non-Dell HDDs, and working.

Dell PERC H700 6G SAS RAID

post #4453 of 7276
I am having an issue with my card, and I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on what's up.

I have a PERC 5/i, with flashed with 5.2.2-0072. I had the card installed in a JetWay 775GT1-LOGE board (3 x16 slots). The server is running Windows Storage Services 2008 - not sure which version of the driver it was running unfortunately.

Other than not being able to get into the card BIOS at boot up, it was working fine. I was able to use the LSI storage manager to create the array, Windows could see it, files could be stored. All was right with the world.

Unfortunately the CPU fan stopped, and the CPU toasted, so I decided to move everything into an EVGA 750i SLI FTW board that I had spare. I am now able to get into the card BIOS on boot up. However, Windows was unable to see the card. I did some digging in the log files, and it appears that Windows can see the card fine, but the driver refused to load for it, because it complains that the BIOS is out of date.

Now the 5.2.2-0072 is the latest BIOS for the card (as far as I can see). I've also tried using the stock Windows driver for the card, as well as 2.20.0.64 A00, 2.20.0.64 A01, 2.23.0.64 A02 and 2.24.0.64 A03, all of which I believe are the latest drivers for the card, and all complain that the BIOS is out of date.

Does anyone have any insight as to what is going on, and more importantly, have a solution for it?

Thanks.


Graham
post #4454 of 7276
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Originally Posted by gmitch64 View Post
I am having an issue with my card, and I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on what's up.

I have a PERC 5/i, with flashed with 5.2.2-0072. I had the card installed in a JetWay 775GT1-LOGE board (3 x16 slots). The server is running Windows Storage Services 2008 - not sure which version of the driver it was running unfortunately.

Other than not being able to get into the card BIOS at boot up, it was working fine. I was able to use the LSI storage manager to create the array, Windows could see it, files could be stored. All was right with the world.

Unfortunately the CPU fan stopped, and the CPU toasted, so I decided to move everything into an EVGA 750i SLI FTW board that I had spare. I am now able to get into the card BIOS on boot up. However, Windows was unable to see the card. I did some digging in the log files, and it appears that Windows can see the card fine, but the driver refused to load for it, because it complains that the BIOS is out of date.

Now the 5.2.2-0072 is the latest BIOS for the card (as far as I can see). I've also tried using the stock Windows driver for the card, as well as 2.20.0.64 A00, 2.20.0.64 A01, 2.23.0.64 A02 and 2.24.0.64 A03, all of which I believe are the latest drivers for the card, and all complain that the BIOS is out of date.

Does anyone have any insight as to what is going on, and more importantly, have a solution for it?

Thanks.


Graham
If you change the motherboard, review this....:

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SMBus Issue with Intel Chipsets

These cards are known to have some compatibility issues with Intel chipsets. However, they are known to work with NVIDIA motherboards fine. The issue stems from a System Management Bus (SMBus) conflicting with the motherboard's memory detection. SMBus is simple signal to provide the motherboad some basic device information and control. Symptoms of the conflict includes improperly reported RAM sizes and POST errors.

The trick is just to physically disable the SMBus signal. It is composed of just two pins B5 (SMCLK, SMBus clock) and B6 (SMDAT, SMBus data). These two pins need to be covered by tape or nail polish. On the top side of the card, they are the 5th and 6th PCIe pins from the left. You can see the pins covered as seen below:





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post #4455 of 7276
Is this a Perc 6/i or a SAS 6/iR?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dell-PERC-6-i-...item45f3f6384e

The spec suggests a 6/i, but the product code when Googled suggests a SAS 6/iR. Not sure how to tell from the pic (not that this is a foolproof way)

Also, there appears to be no way to attach the battery to the card - is that right?
post #4456 of 7276
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Originally Posted by PistolPete View Post
Is this a Perc 6/i or a SAS 6/iR?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dell-PERC-6-i-...item45f3f6384e

The spec suggests a 6/i, but the product code when Googled suggests a SAS 6/iR. Not sure how to tell from the pic (not that this is a foolproof way)

Also, there appears to be no way to attach the battery to the card - is that right?
It´s a Perc 6i, a have one.

Can you see this 2 offer ???

Dell-Perc-6i-PCI-E-8SAS-SCSI-RAID-Controller-Card-w-256-


DELL-PERC-6i-SAS-SATA-Raid-Controller-Card-With-Battery-


By.
post #4457 of 7276
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Originally Posted by Boirolosle View Post
If you change the motherboard, review this....:

================================================== ===========================
SMBus Issue with Intel Chipsets

These cards are known to have some compatibility issues with Intel chipsets. However, they are known to work with NVIDIA motherboards fine.
Thanks... I had already tried that (just in case). I even went and re did my tape today, just in case it wasn't covering properly - but it made no difference unfortunately. This new board is an nVidia based board (as was the last one), and shouldn't need to have the pin mod done.

I'm still confused as to why the driver is thinking that the firmware on the board is out of date, as it's the latest version.


G
post #4458 of 7276
Alright, received the batteries and magnets yesterday.

Hopefully I can get around to soldering everything up and testing it tonight. At the latest I'll update this weekend.
post #4459 of 7276
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Originally Posted by gmitch64 View Post
I'm still confused as to why the driver is thinking that the firmware on the board is out of date, as it's the latest version.
Have you tried to reflash the firmware, and are you using drivers and firmware that match?
post #4460 of 7276
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Originally Posted by the_beast View Post
Have you tried to reflash the firmware, and are you using drivers and firmware that match?
Will try the firmware tonight - I need to generate a DOS bootable USB key, as the flash from windows program won't work.

The flash that's on the card at the moment is from 5.2.2-0072, A09 and the drivers are from 2.24.0.64, A03 (tho I have tried the 2.23 and both the 2.20 drivers - all give the same error).


G
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