[rescue] 3ware raid

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Wed Jul 27 00:13:23 CDT 2011

Ethan O'Toole wrote:
>> hopefully with the broad range of experience on the group someone 
>> will have seen
>> this before and can save this card from becoming gold scrap....
> While I haven't encountered that exact issue, I've dealt with their 
> cards. Lots of them.
> Is it a PCI, PCI-X, PCI 64, etc? Which card? Is it in the right type 
> of slot?
PCI-X 133
> Do you have another computer you can test the card in? To make sure 
> it's not some sort of 3ware+bios versus motherboard bios issue?
actually if I removed the battery backup board, I was able to get the 
system to post.
I'll try re-adding it tomorrow night.
> I assume the writing of the flash worked all the way?
> What if you disconnect all of the drives? Will it boot then?

> If so, downgrade firmware?
tough to do when the system wouldn't post to boot dos to run the flasher....

> Can you set the PC motherboard to boot from another drive first, and 
> not the SCSI/add in? If so, will that get you the ability to downgrade 
> firmware?
no... couldn't post into BIOS

I started flashing, as Linux is not seeing this raid controller.  I 
tried it on the same
hardware with Windows 7 and it had worked fine.  looks like the 3w-9xxx 
in Linux is not working with this card.

Going to work to get the array (which contained no data) back up with 
the card and
battery backup module.  If I get in, then I'm going to build a new .ko 
module with
source from LSI.

Maybe that will get this card seen.

I have to say I'm pretty shocked the drivers that come with CentOS 6.0 
doesn't see it.

oddly, I don't see the card in an lspci output... I'd think even w/o the 
driver loaded
shouldn't lspci see all cards ?

Hope this isn't getting too off the rescue topic (trying to rescue and 
make use of
the card, but it is not all that old :-) ).

-- Curt

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