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Date:      Sat, 17 Jan 2009 07:48:55 -0800 (PST)
From:      ThinkDifferently <>
Subject:   Re: Help needed w/ HighPoint RocketRAID 3120 on FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE
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Michael Powell-6 wrote:
> Sorry to not be more helpful here, but the couple of times in the
> past that I've used old Highpoints it was just create array, reboot,
> install to ar0 (older PATA IDE array) and it was done.

Well, I've been on the phone with both Gigabyte's and Highpoint's technical
support staff.  Highpoint was very cavalier about the whole thing.  He
actually said, "well, when it comes to hardware, we're just guessing".  %-| 
DUH!  You're in the hardware business!

Gigabyte's tech support guy was a whole lot more helpful, but in the end he
couldn't get it to work either.  His working theory is that since the
motherboard has its own RAID controller (even if it's disabled), it may be
interfering with the RocketRAID's ability to intervene using the same
mechanism (called Interrupt 13).  I even upgraded the RocketRAID's firmware
in an attempt to get it working.  Nothing changed the situation.

So, my working theory is that this RocketRAID is not compatible with my
motherboard and vice versa.  In fact, I checked Highpoint's web site, and
they have a motherboard support list.  It is in fact an astonishingly tiny
list, mostly (w)Intel boards, and quite obscure.  A very small niche.

To summarize...
  Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H
  RAID Card:  Highpoint RocketRAID 3120
I could get the RAID card to function, but I couldn't boot from it.

Perhaps it's remotely possible that there's still something else to try, but
I have very little patience when there's a 15 day return policy.  %-O


So, now I'm trying to get software RAID to work.  See... 
I'm not having much luck with that either.
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