Dell PERC controller

Steve_Boley@Dell.com Steve_Boley at Dell.com
Thu Oct 18 11:16:01 CDT 2001


Driver should be fixed by Friday.  Adaptec missed the pci id's of the
Perc3/DI.  Who knows when Adaptec will get a driver to us for Solaris 8?
That ball is in their court and if any complaints find an email link on
their site and submit, Dell can't do anything about it.  I should have a
copy of the driver sent to me and if you want it email me personally and
I'll get it out to you as soon as I get it.

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Law [mailto:sfllaw at engmail.uwaterloo.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2001 11:42 PM
To: Michael E Brown
Cc: Matt_Domsch at exchange.dell.com; Linux-PowerEdge at exchange.dell.com
Subject: RE: Dell PERC controller


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 so would the Solaris driver be out-of-date?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 Yes, the driver is probably out-of-date, but not how you think :-).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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