Dell PERC controller

Simon Law sfllaw at engmail.uwaterloo.ca
Tue Oct 16 23:45:00 CDT 2001


On Tue, 16 Oct 2001, Michael E Brown wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Oct 2001, Simon Law wrote:
> 
> > On Mon, 15 Oct 2001 Matt_Domsch at Dell.com wrote:
> >
> > > > if you guys knew whether this driver works on Solaris 8.
> > >
> > > Nope, Solaris 7 only.
> >
> > 	Bah humbug!  It seems that Solaris 7 won't recognise my PERC 3/Di
> > on install.  I've got the percraid diskette, but when percraid.bef loads
> > up, it tells me that my device is not an AACRAID card.  Dell *JUST* shipped
> > me this PowerEdge 2550, and I can convince W2K and RH7.1 to work with it,
> > so would the Solaris driver be out-of-date?
> 
> Yes, the driver is probably out-of-date, but not how you think :-). The
> driver uses the PCI-ID of the card to tell whether it should load or not.
> The problem is that this is a static array compiled into the driver. Each
> new system that we put out that has ROMB (PERC 3Di, in your case) has a
> different PCI-ID for the ROMB, even though it uses the same driver. So,
> there you go, instant obsolescence, whenever we release a new platform.
> 
> We added a feature to the Linux driver, such that you can pass in the
> PCI-ID of the card on the command line to the driver. This gets around the
> obsolescence problem, but I'm not sure that the Solaris guys have that
> option.

	Yikes!  I spent two days trying to figure out why this didn't work.
*sigh*

	Would there be anyone at Dell that I could speak to about this?
Or is Solaris an unsupported platform?




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