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try the disk directly to the cable first....
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Try 5.2.2-0072 firmware before doing pin mod. It allowed my server to run the card without the pin mod. Before updating I had to pin mod it. As far as Create Virtual Disk being greyed out, make sure you are using the latest driver preferable the LSI one.
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Try 5.2.2-0072 firmware before doing pin mod. It allowed my server to run the card without the pin mod. Before updating I had to pin mod it. As far as Create Virtual Disk being greyed out, make sure you are using the latest driver preferable the LSI one.

Could you be so kind as to enlighten me as to exactly which LSI model the PERC5/i is so that I know where to look on LSI's site for drivers?
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Try 5.2.2-0072 firmware before doing pin mod. It allowed my server to run the card without the pin mod. Before updating I had to pin mod it. As far as Create Virtual Disk being greyed out, make sure you are using the latest driver preferable the LSI one.

Could you be so kind as to enlighten me as to exactly which LSI model the PERC5/i is so that I know where to look on LSI's site for drivers?
link to driver from op

http://www.lsi.com/Pages/user/eula.aspx?file=http%3a%2f%2fwww.lsi.com%2fdownloads%2fPublic%2fMegaRAID%2520Common%2520Files%2f5.2.124_Signed_Windows7_Driver.zip&Source=http%3a%2f%2fwww.overclock.net%2ft%2f359025%2fperc-5-i-raid-card-tips-and-benchmarks
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Thank you very much, but I'm still trying to find out what LSI model # the PERC5/i is/used to be. I'll try and get this driver working.

Edit: That driver doesn't work for my PERC 5/i, with windows 7 x64, re-flashed to the latest LSI firmware.

I've tried automatic mode via windows driver update, it says the dell driver it already has is the latest. I've tried going back and it doesn't automatically select my card, it just lists all possible devices this driver supports and I have to pick one.

And not knowing which model LSI adapter this PERC5/i is or was, I don't know what to pick. And.. seeing as my OS is running on this controller card now, picking the wrong one would most likely make the system un-bootable.

I get great speeds on my dell drivers, so just probably stick with them for now unless I can get this LSI driver figured out. I'm averaging 300 - 325 MB/sec sustained with 4 x 7200 rpm SATA-II drives in raid-5 on this PERC5/i in my i7, which is about +75 more than I saw before, when I was using RAID-0 with the onboard Intel ICH10R, so I'm very happy with my PERC.

Also, I scanned the entire INF file with notepad for the hardware ID # of my PERC5/i card, and there's no corresponding entries in the inf file, so looks like it doesn't even support my card.
Edited by kithylin - 12/15/12 at 3:40am
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Thank you very much, but I'm still trying to find out what LSI model # the PERC5/i is/used to be. I'll try and get this driver working.

Edit: That driver doesn't work for my PERC 5/i, with windows 7 x64, re-flashed to the latest LSI firmware.

I've tried automatic mode via windows driver update, it says the dell driver it already has is the latest. I've tried going back and it doesn't automatically select my card, it just lists all possible devices this driver supports and I have to pick one.

And not knowing which model LSI adapter this PERC5/i is or was, I don't know what to pick. And.. seeing as my OS is running on this controller card now, picking the wrong one would most likely make the system un-bootable.

I get great speeds on my dell drivers, so just probably stick with them for now unless I can get this LSI driver figured out. I'm averaging 300 - 325 MB/sec sustained with 4 x 7200 rpm SATA-II drives in raid-5 on this PERC5/i in my i7, which is about +75 more than I saw before, when I was using RAID-0 with the onboard Intel ICH10R, so I'm very happy with my PERC.

Also, I scanned the entire INF file with notepad for the hardware ID # of my PERC5/i card, and there's no corresponding entries in the inf file, so looks like it doesn't even support my card.

LSI MegaRAID SAS 8480E

Weird, works fine for me. I have win 7 x64, however I have the newest Dell firmware, no point in the LSI firmware for me.
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Guys, what is the latest LSI-issued firmware that works for you, at least outwardly, without any hassles on PERC 5?
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...and one was running LSI firmware v. 7.01.0081. I was seeing some issues during warm reboots with the LSI card failing to be recognized
Same here. I can approve that for 7.0.1-0075. PERC stops initialize on my system, if i do a few reboots (on warm boot, for sure). I didn't have this issue when used an old fw package from LSI.
Edited by dukzcry - 12/15/12 at 11:24am
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LSI MegaRAID SAS 8480E
Weird, works fine for me. I have win 7 x64, however I have the newest Dell firmware, no point in the LSI firmware for me.

The point for me was the speed. I was getting a flat 160 MB/sec in raid5 with the dell firmware. I re-flashed to LSI firmware and speeds instantly doubled in all tests. And I was getting 265 - 275 MB/sec before with the onboard SATA so... anything less than that with this hardware card would of made it useless to me, so I had to use the LSI firmware. Unfortunately as I'm finding out, reflashing these PERC's to LSI firmware means neither the dell nor lsi drivers work for em for some odd reason, I had to modify the dell drivers to work for it. Now that I know what LSI model the PERC is, I might dig through the inf in a little while and try to make those LSI drivers work, thank you for that.

EDIT: Are you sure that's the right model number? I found some pictures of one and it doesn't look anything like our Dell PERC5 cards... see: HERE

Edit 2: I manually added an entry for my re-flashed PERC card's hardware ID into the LSI driver's inf file as the "LSI MegaRAID SAS 8480E" and forced it in with windows and it loaded and works now. Speed doesn't seem to be any better or worse yet though.

EDIT 3: Yay! Sleep works with the LSI drivers. Using my perc5 re-flashed LSI and using the dell drivers, my i7 never would respond when it came back from S3 sleep mode, but it does now with the LSI drivers.
Edited by kithylin - 12/15/12 at 1:29pm
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Hi all..

Thanks for all the great info - I've tried to locate my answer without polluting the thread, but I am at a dead end and would appreciate an opinion or 2.

So it's the old 'card won't come up with intel chipset' issue.

The motherboard is an AS Rock P55M Pro, i7 CPU..

The problem is not an overall post issue.. but that the card gets to 'Initializing devices' and hangs there. I know the card is good as I've put it in another system and it gets to the config screen.

I've tried the pin 5/6 mod. I've disabled practically everything in the BIOS, and still the card comes up and hangs. In fact, I can't get into the system BIOS when the card is in - the BIOS goes almost straight to the PERC BIOS and never lets me get to the board BIOS.

The mobo instructions say something about a video card being the preferred card in PCI-E slot 1, so I've tried a video card there, and the PERC in slot 2 & 3. For slot 2, the 1x, I cut the back out. Card came up, but still hung.

I've noticed that if I have a drive attached, the 'Initializing' goes to 100% (as opposed to zero when no cable/drives attached) so it seems to be 'alive'..

Gaah! Any thoughts? I'd love to get this sucker rolling..

Happy Chrismahanukwanzaka!
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The only problem I've had with the LSI flash was that I was unable to warm boot, only cold boot.
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