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Yeah. Its only an issue is you are using it in a dell server or case with a dedicated bbu slot.

If you are looking for a 5i Battery:

Dell PN - DFJRV - Battery Service Kit
Dell PN - NU209 - Battery Itself.
Thanks. I did a 5e battery as I found those a little cheaper and higher availability for some reason. I thought I was doing even better because it came with the battery cable. Apparently the 5e and 5i have different connector sizes for batteries. Can anyone else confirm that is the case?

So last night I threw on the heat sink/cooling fan I purchased for this thing and the battery. Heat sink/fan are operating just fine. The battery still doesn't exist. Now I have to scramble to get another battery cable to see if that is the issue. Wish I had access to known working parts at this point. What are the chances the problem is with the card itself?
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anyone used the perc5 in freenas?
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Thanks. I did a 5e battery as I found those a little cheaper and higher availability for some reason. I thought I was doing even better because it came with the battery cable. Apparently the 5e and 5i have different connector sizes for batteries. Can anyone else confirm that is the case?

So last night I threw on the heat sink/cooling fan I purchased for this thing and the battery. Heat sink/fan are operating just fine. The battery still doesn't exist. Now I have to scramble to get another battery cable to see if that is the issue. Wish I had access to known working parts at this point. What are the chances the problem is with the card itself?

Yes. The cables are different, you need a 5i Battery Cable.. Have you pulled a TTY Log using Megaraid in regards to the battery issue?
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I've got a storage crisis with my 5/i. I recently got rid of all my 775 stuff and went with a FM2/A75 combo, specifically an A4-5300 with a MSI FM2-A75MA-E35. Before, I was running 2 x 36gb raptors in RAID0 using Ubuntu Server software raid (mdadm), and the perc had my RAID10 array mounted nicely. Everything was peachy.

Today, I formatted a new velociraptor 80gb with Ubuntu Server. Everything goes smoothly. Plug the PERC in. When I power on, everything goes just like before as far as initialization goes. However, since I put it in this setup, Ubuntu has a large delay when booting up, and eventually I get the error: "megasas: failed to init firmware". My array no longer shows up with fdisk -l, and doesn't show up when I try the "print" command in GNU parted.

When the server is booting, I see it load the card, and I see "megasas: FW now in Ready state", as it continues to load whatever it loads, it just gives the error right before the login screen. Any MegaCLI commands just return a blank line with error code 0x00. LSPCI lists the module, so what am I missing?

When I look in the raid manager on the card (ctrl+r), all the disk are showing up as online, and everything LOOKS good from that standpoint.

2 questions I have that I'm hoping will be a factor in this. First, when I took out the card to sell my 775 parts, the battery was unhooked for about a week. Could this lose any information stored on the card about my array? Would I need to re-initialize the disks?

Second, could this have anything to do with UEFI? I've only dealt with 1 other UEFI board (desktop in my sig), but I've never touched an AMD setup in my lifetime, let alone AMD/UEFI/Linux.

The biggest thing I'm worried about here is obviously my data across those 6 drives. I've got a fairly recent backup on a spare drive when I first got the PERC, but there was some stuff that wasn't added until later.

If it's something that is not going to work with Linux and FM2, I will have no problem going back to a Server 2008 R2 setup, I'd just prefer to keep it as it was.

Any suggestions? Sorry for the long post, but I'm really agitated after trying to get this thing to work.
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Don't worry, you data is still there. The raid configuration is stored on the disks as well as the controller. If it is showing online, you are golden. It is a most likely a mobo issue. Percs work fine in linux. Have you tried taping pins 5/6 and or disabling UEFI? Another option to check is the PCI-E Bus compatibility settings.
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Should I get a Perc card with a battery? I understand from OP's post what it does but is it really necessary? Do I have a 75% chance of something going bad without it if power fails? It doesn't seem like it but I rather be safe then sorry.
Edited by thenk83 - 2/7/13 at 8:09am
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How do you like this.

My card reported "F/W is in fault state" 2 nights ago. After that initial message the card was no longer identified by the system during POST. After maybe 25 restarts and pulling it in and out of the system it started identifying itself again and even then sporadically. When it did, it would report "F/W is in fault state". Dell's white papers mention the solution as "Please contact dell support". Somehow after another 20 restarts and trips into freedos bootdisk I was able to re-flash the firmware and while it finished successfully it still refused to work.

At this point I got another card because I didnt have a backup of the data and started to panic. Luckily the data was safe and I backed it all up.

Funny enough, before closing up the server I put the broken controller back in(after the system sat for 3 days) and windows booted up. After it booted may 3 times I decided i'll let it run and see what happens. I closed up the case and stuck it back into the stand. Soon as I fired it up, same problem as above. I could not get it to come back so I swapped back to the new card and the system has been running since last night.

I have been doing A LOT of reading and it seems ROC cards do not like to be put into sleep and can cause a myriad of problems. I have been putting my media server into sleep 4 - 5 times a day for two weeks. I also changed the heatsink, but I doubt that was the culprit.


Anyone ever get a "F/W is in fault state" message with a sporadically blinking heart beat on their Dell Perc 6i?

Off Topic:

Interesting discovery. Dell PERC 6 cards that come attached to a slot bracket(known as adapters) do not need pins 5+6 taped off. If it comes on a tray(known as integrated) it does.

Aside from the heartbeat light which blinks once a second, I also noticed the Dirty cache LED blinks in no preset pattern while the system is running. Would it be safe to assume that it illuminate to indicate the presence the of data in cache? The light goes out every time the drives click.
Edited by Saml01 - 2/7/13 at 9:41am
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Should I get a Perc card with a battery? I understand from OP's post what it does but is it really necessary? Do I have a 75% chance of something going bad without it if power fails? It doesn't seem like it but I rather be safe then sorry.

Its so easy to find a combo that their is no reason you shouldnt.
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Don't worry, you data is still there. The raid configuration is stored on the disks as well as the controller. If it is showing online, you are golden. It is a most likely a mobo issue. Percs work fine in linux. Have you tried taping pins 5/6 and or disabling UEFI? Another option to check is the PCI-E Bus compatibility settings.

The perc was running great with my old mobo/cpu/ram/hdds, running Ubuntu Server, so I know it works with Ubuntu. I tried taping the pins, but I think the tape might have slipped off once I put it in, because once I pulled it out again the tape was stuck in the pci slot. As for the UEFI and PCI-E Bus settings, I have no idea where those settings are with this new motherboard. I will have to look at it some more this afternoon.

I snapped some pics of the configuration utility on the card, just to be sure I'm seeing correctly, and to verify that the disks are online:





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