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post #6051 of 7150
I just started using my perc 5i, this is coming up in megaraid storage manager:

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Anything to be worried about ?


MSI H61M-P31
Sandy bridge Celeron
2x4gb G.Skill
Perc 5I with the smbus pin mod (covering the 2 pins), the ram it came with, and a battery
1x wd blue boot drive
3x Hitachi 7k3000 2tb in raid 5

Under the second tab, Physical, there's a green checkmark next to BBU:
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Edited by bbbbqq - 10/6/12 at 8:34pm
post #6052 of 7150
There is something wrong with your BBU.

Full Capacity = -1mAh?
Remaining Capacity =-1314 mAh?
Temp = 539.0 C?

I brought a Perc battery online that did the same thing, it looks like this battery is not compatible with your PERC 5/i. I replaced my faulty one with a battery i brought from Dell and the problem was fixed.
post #6053 of 7150
Quote:
That fan seems a little overkill?

What you should do is change the heatsink to a southbridge heatsink from an old motherboard. When i had the stock heatsink on my PERC5/i i found that it would easily get clogged with fluff because the fins were soo close. After switching it over to a southbridge heatsink it has never clogged and even with a normal 40mm fan @~4,000-5,000 RPM, it only gets slightly warm.

Well everything I read on here and other forums warned about how hot these things run so I figured you couldn't have enough air moving across the heatsink. I didn't have any old boards laying around with the right size heatsinks on them so I just went with this fan instead.

I've got everything up and running on my FreeNAS box but the performance is terrible. Transferring video files takes forever. So now it's time to start figuring out what's causing it and fine tuning things.

What do you guys use to test these things in a NAS? I've got HD Tune but I can't see where it test NAS over a LAN.
Edited by hidperf - 10/15/12 at 9:27pm
post #6054 of 7150
I am trying to flash my PERC 6/i to the LSI firmware. When I use the sasflash utility, I get the following error:

No LSI SAS adapters found! Limited Command Set Available!

I have tried this on 4 different computers with the same result. The PERC currently has the latest DELL firmware on it. Is there anything I need to do to the card first to "trick" it into thinking its a SAS3081ER?
post #6055 of 7150
just don't, use the dell firmware, as lsi one has a couple of know bugs with this card...
post #6056 of 7150
Hi all, I have been following this thread for quite some time in the background and it spurred me on to getting a Dell Perc6/i so I could move my server into running VMware!
My setup has been running without major issues for the last 3 months and could not be happier with it!

The setup is a Asus p6t se with latest mobo BIOS and 24Gb RAM and Intel Core i7. have a total of 6 hard drives (3x RAID1 mirrors) and a twin port 1Gb PCI-X network card (running in a PCI slot, I am aware of the bandwith limitations but only using them for dev networks so not an issue!)

I found that I had to do the pin mod, I simply just used a bit of electrical insulation tape.
I also decided to stick with the Dell firmware only, but made sure it was up to date.
I do not have a BBU unit yet, but still move forward with using it regardless until such a time I can get one. Due to the discs I was using (non enterprise level drives), I decided against using RAID5 and stayed with RAID1 sets so should not see too much of a performance hit.

Heatsink mod:
I ordered a Akasa AK-VCX-01 of ebay - this is a 3pack heatsink and single fan, but I was only interested in one of them as the HS size was perfect for attaching a 40mm fan, increased surface area and already applied thermal pad. The fan later turned out to be garbage but I will go on to discuss that later.
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Although it uses a thermal sticky pad, I managed to re-attach the HS hoop clip from the Dell HS for a bit more security and to take the weight of any fan I add.
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I found that 40mm fans kept killing themselves for some reason after a couple of months. The server is on 24/7, and probably not in the best of environments. I also found that most 40mm fans air throughput was a bit lame so I bought a 60>40mm fan adapter (hard to track down!!) and a 60mm fan.
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I underestimated the 60mm fan height, but it just fits within the case. It does take up 2x expansion bays but still allows be to use the PCI slot on the motherboard
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Hard drives:
I learnt a while ago about TLER and newer consumer level HDD's not having the function. However the discs I am using were already running on the onboard Intel RAID set with limited problems so thought I would move forward anyway.
I can’t remember the exact models now, but I had 4x 1Tb drives and 2x 1.5WD drives. All WD Blacks and RAID1's with matched pairs.

I soon suffered a single disc failure of a 1.5Tb drive. I thought at the time it was due to TLER but decided to replace them with 1Tb WD RE4's. I later found out that one of the 1.5Tb did actually have a fault so glad I didn’t try and rebuild (I think it was a controller fault as a surface scan using HDDregen reported no fault, but when trying to re-use it in another machine resulted in very odd errors)!!

I found that you can't hotswap these drives without doing some damage to arrays! The raid card had a fit and killed power to a number of the other drives. I eventually managed to get them all back online without loss of data.

Vmware:
This is the main reason why I added the RAID card, onboard software raid is not supported in VMWare ESXi/ESX. I did notice that with ESXi5.0 it didn’t find the control drivers for the card (have the same issue at work when I upgraded out PowerEdge 2950’s with Perc5 and 6’s to ESXi 5 from 4). It worked, but would not display the controller stats so I was flying blind. I found this blog which assited with fixing the problem
http://blog.rebelit.net/?p=283 some details here, however I think I had to shuffle around the LSI website to get the correct drivers


Hope this info helps and please feel free to re-use the pictures posted.
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and the BBU...
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post #6060 of 7150
"Enable Alarm" is not available on the PERC 5/i, only on 5/E

How does one enable an alarm to be notified when a disk fails.

I'm using it with openfiler, linux distro.

Thanks
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