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Date:      Fri, 22 Dec 2006 08:51:43 -0700
From:      Thomas Kindig <>
Subject:   Dell PERC5 (SAS 5) controller boot flr
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Drive is detected and install is successful, however on reboot the 
drive drops out. Cannot boot in any mode.

This is a new Dell PowerEdge 1950 server with a single 160G ATA HD, 
but with a PERC 5/i controller. I have been to the Dell Support 
boards, but this OS is not supported so they are not obliged to answer.

boot -s fails at the same point. Safe mode gets me to a frozen login 
prompt. I see the DRAC 5 Virtual Media drives listed during the boot, 
but I am not sure how to get a trace of the boot sequence to supply 
here, given the fact that I never mount a file system.

Dell SAS 5 Host Bus Adaptor BIOS
MPTBIOS - 2006.04.05
LSI Logic Corp.

____ ___ ___ ___________ ___________ __________  ___________
0        0    0     ATA              ST3160812AS     J            152587 MB
0        0    0     DP                BACKPLANE      1.00
0                     LSILogic        SAS1860-IT

Dell Corp. MPT boot ROM successfully installed!

mpt0: <LSILogic SAS/SATA Adaptor> port 0xec00-0xecff msm 
0xfc000-0xfc4fffff,0xfc4effff irq 64 at device 0.0 on pc12
mpt0: MPI Version=
ums0: Dell DRAC5, rev 1.18/0,00 not supported
ums0: X report 0x0002 not supported
device_attach: ums0 attach returned 6
umass0: DELL  INC. DRAC5 VIRTUAL   MEDIA, rev 2.00/0.00, addr 4
umass1: DELL  INC. DRAC5 VIRTUAL   MEDIA, rev 2.00/0.00, addr 4
mpt0: mpt_cam_event: 0x16
mpt0: Unhandled Event Notify Frame. Event 0x16 (ACK not required).
unknown: timeout waiting for read DRQ
bce0: link state changed to DOWN
bce1: link state changed to DOWN
acd0: CDRW <HL-DT-STCD-RW/DVD-ROM GCC-4244N/B101> at ata0-master UDMA33

(Sorry for the truncated details, but I shot a video and typed in the 
parts that seem most relevant).

Dropping to boot prompt I list the loaded modules and see

[...] mpt_raid.1 mpt.1 mpt_cam.1 mpt_core.1 [...]

For grins, loaded mfi, boot -s, same result.

Thomas Kindig
Technology Support
White Sands Federal Credit Union

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