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I hope you're still planning to put a fan on that?

I don't see the need to right now because it is actually running pretty cool. It feels similar to a vid card under load. I have good air flow in the case and a 120cfm fan is blowing directly at my cards.

Iirc, BLinux stated somewhere in this thread that OCNers are unnecessarily modding these cards to run overly cool and that the servers that these are being pulled from have inadequate airflow.

I'll try running it with a small fan screwed onto the heatsink. I'm curious because I'm planning on taking out my xfire and running another perc5 in an adjacent slot.
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ahh ok, i didn't realise you have a 120cm fan blowing on it.

If it was my rig, i would also put a 40mm fan running at either 12v or 7v just in case. no point risking your data on something as simple as a 40mm fan smile.gif.
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Thought I'd post my attempt at cooling this card. The small heatsinks are attached with thermal tape and are only there because I had extras. As for the large one, I cut the wire holder off of the original heatsink and pushed it down between the pins of its replacement.
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and I have a 120mm blowing on it.
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no point risking your data on something as simple as a 40mm fan smile.gif.

True. I'll get on that. Thanks.

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Nice. How are the small heat sinks set on there?
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Hopefully someone here can help me out:

I cannot for the life of me get Windows 7 to recognize a driver for the perc.

I'm trying desperately to get a RAID10 for storage up and running so that I can access it from two OSs: Windows 7 Enterprise x64 and Ubuntu 10.04LTS

I'm running an EVGA X58 SLI LE mobo flashed to the latest fw (E757_83)
I have a Perc5/i w bbu and 512k flashed to the latest LSI fw (7.0.1-0083)

The OSs are on separate partitions on a 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 running off the mobo SATA (Although I have successfully booted off the Perc)

I have tried every driver I can think of (Windows 7 on-disk, and after windows update, LSI x64 versions for XP, 2k3, 2k8, vista, and 7) but I still get that horrifically useless Code 10.

I have board posts no prob w/ or w/out the pin mod.

Ubuntu boots fine (even off the perc itself)

I have read that it could be a mobo bios issue in reference to some other EVGA boards, but they were pre-X58.

Does anybody have any ideas? Is this issue specific to Win 7? Will switching to XP, or 2K8 resolve it?

If there is no way to make this work can someone recommend a different branded card model that I can pick up on Ebay? (Or Possibly, less expensively at this point, a different Core i7 mobo :-P )

I'm a total HW RAID noob, I've been at this for about a month now, and I'm at my wits end. I'm open to any suggestions. Please help!

TIA
The answer is no, it's not a Win 7 specific issue. I'm pretty sure you would have the same problem on 2008 Server R2, but not under Ubuntu wink.gif
In addition not a driver issue as well: the default driver loaded under Windows 7 will manage the PERC pretty nicely.
See below...
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I had the same problem. My EVGA x58 SLI would not recognize the perc 5i. It tried to install the drivers but always gave me an error. I tried all the LSI firmware and Dell firmware. II also tried on the EVGA X85 micro and I had the same problems. I tried 4 different BIOS on each of the boards and nothing. It was a real pain and I spent lots of hours working on this. I tried pin mod, no pin mod, and I never got it to work on the motherboards mentioned. I also tried installing different drivers and it never worked. On one particular driver, it installed! I was on happy, but it made me restart. Once I did that, I got the same issue. If I were you, I'd get different motherboard or different raid card. If anyone, can say they got a perc 5i to work on an EVGA x58 mobo, please let me know!

Hello guys,

Especially haphun and Carlitos714,
Hope the following will help you...

I just received my new CPU + MB + RAM last saturday, to upgrade my quite old S775 platform rolleyes.gif
My new config is the following (the MB part is what will interest you the most I guess) :

CPU : Core i7 970
MB : X58 EVGA Classified 3 E770
RAM : Corsair 3 x 4 Go DDR3 2000Mhz CAS10 (CMZ12GX3M3A2000C10)

Mounting it went quite smoothly, but the problem began when I first tried to install Windows 7 (x64 SP1) on my RAID array.
In fact, the PERC's volumes didn't show on the HDD selection screen of the Win 7 installer.
I have 4 x 73 GB Seagate Savvio 15k1 connected to my PERC 5/i.
On my old rig, I had 2 RAID0 array configured, each with two disks.
On the first was installed Win 7 and on the second some VM and games.

What was bothering/misleading me, was being able to see/access/read/write my old volumes and partitions of the PERC from a Ubuntu live CD.

So I concluded that it was definitely not a compatibility problem with my new hardware.

Later, I understood that the problem was only existing with Windows 7 and Windows Vista installers/OS (probably due to their way to manage shared IRQ).

I managed to install Windows 7 SP1 x64 on another (SATA) HDD, to then discover the card under Contrôleur RAID intégré DELL PERC 5/i (yes I'm french biggrin.gif) in device manager with a nice :
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This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Long story short, after a big amount of hours spent in tests and web searches, I finally found a topic on the EVGA forum where a guy (many thanks to him) had an issue of the same kind but nothing relative to the PERC 5/i...

Briefly, a BIOS parameter has to be enabled: in BIOS, under "PnP/PCI Configurations" is "Reserved RC for Bridge".
When you load default settings for your BIOS, this parameter is set to "Disabled".
I had to enable it to make my PERC 5/i functioning again under Win 7 on my X58 EVGA Classified 3 E770 drum.gif


Quite happy when finally got my PERC running under this Win 7 tongue.gif
Then I directly launched a new Win 7 installation just to confirm that the disks of the PERC were well recognized this time. They were! thumb.gif

So I stopped the installation and I boot back on my SATA Win 7 installation to run:
  • a flash of the PERC to the last LSI package: 7.0.1-0083 (APP-1.12.330-1300)
  • some benchs of my disks (didn't do it for a long time) biggrin.gif

Though, I still have a problem to install Win 7 on disks managed by the card.
I rearranged my disks (1 alone for system, RAID0 with the 3 others for test VM + games), and launched a new Win 7 SP1 x64 installation.
I was able to select my alone disk from the PERC from the HDD selection screen, then the installation began, but when the computer reboots, it is not able to boot back to continue the installation, I have a nice
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DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

Yes my PERC is the first one HDD in BIOS selected to boot from and all my other HDD are unplugged...

Any idea what this might be from?

Maybe I have to flash back to a dell firmware?

Hope the solution that helped me will help some others wink.gif
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post #5726 of 7172
xx123j:

Please tell me, what are the model name for the heatsinks that you use and how did you manage to get that 40x40mm fan on top of the heatsink?

one more thing:

Is it possible to start out with a Raid-0 and convert this to raid-5 when adding the third drive without any loss of data?
Edited by svortevik - 11/30/11 at 2:18pm
post #5727 of 7172
If you have an old Nforce2 motherboard, just steal the heatsink from it. a 40mm fan should just screw on the top.

I don't think you can go from Raid0 to Raid5 without losing data. But if you are using a RAID0 you should be backing you data up anyhow.
post #5728 of 7172
I am not using raid-0. The problem is that I only have two spare hard drives and I need to get all of my data from my software raid-5 over to perc-5 raid-5.

So if I could start out with raid-0 then i could copy all of my data to my raid-0 and then add one disk at the time and convert it to raid-5.

Guess I have to buy an exstra disk to get this done:(
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I have 1x perc 5i in my system and was just wondering if there are any restrictions regarding adding a 2nd card to the same system? (possible complications, will it work, etc)


Also, I've noticed that are different perc 5i models? Didn't find anything in here talking about it...

"WX072, XF582, MX961", etc... is there a difference between them?
Edited by DSee - 12/2/11 at 4:39pm
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Do i need to cover the pins if I have a Intel G35 Intel ICH9R chipset?
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