1 x 2 Backplane for our Pe2600

Paul paul at kbs.net.au
Sun Aug 31 23:29:51 CDT 2003

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "jason andrade" <jason at rtfmconsult.com>
To: "Paul" <paul at kbs.net.au>
Cc: <linux-poweredge at dell.com>
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2003 2:18 PM
Subject: Re: 1 x 2 Backplane for our Pe2600

> On Mon, 1 Sep 2003, Paul wrote:
> > Hit Control-M when its starting the PERC. goto Configure, Hit enter on
> > disk and choose "Format". That took about 17minutes to format a 36gb 15k
> > u320
> i have no idea why he did this.  i've never heard of anyone needing to
> 'format' a drive except under diagnostic conditions.  odd (and not
> a great deal of confidence but perhaps someone else can explain why this
> might be needed and educate me..)

I think this was rather normally. I supposed they would be factory formatted

> > They are on the second channel (Channel-B or Channel-1) and are listed
> > the right hand side on the main window. On the left hand side is
> > or Channel-0 in RAID mode with its 6 disks
> hmm, IIRC the pe2600 has a perc3/di ? or maybe a perc4/di which has a dual
> channel raid controller.  this means it can have multiple raid channels
> (hence the A and B).  you can also 'convert' the channels into 'generic'
> scsi channels using an onboard adaptec chipset.

Perc4di U320 RAID Controller. Dual Channel. Channel0 is in RAID mode and
Channel1 is in SCSI mode
As far as I knew and with confirmation from dell both channels cannot be in
RAID mode. The manual also confirms this.
This is OK as I just want the second channel in normal SCSI mode, if it wont
do raid on the second channel thats fine.

> > drives get power. Bios boots OK no errors at POST. Bios lists 1 Logical
> > Drive and 2 Physical drives handled by the BIOS. Used to be "1 Logical
> > handled by BIOS".
> ok, so it's seeing drives somewhere.


> > > then check that the bios does indeed have the second channel as SCSI
> > > not raid).
> >
> > I cant confirm this at the moment as the server is in production and
> > We tried to create a RAID0 array using the two new disks on the second
> > channel. it accepted it all and worked but got an error when i went to
> > the configuration.
> > "Error writing configuration. Press any key ton continue" and then array
> > disappears after that. Will the PERC bios always let u make an arrray
> > regardless of channel mode and then throw an error when u save it?
> > I would of thought that I would not even let u choose half of the menu
> > options to configure array etc when its in standard scsi mode
> i haven't done a huge amount of testing but in my limited testing the
> controller will often 'let' you do certain things but fail at the last
> step.  so you can get the impression you can do stuff but it actually
> fails.  this is of course sometimes hard to test on a production machine..

Yeah I thought this might have been the case but wasn't expecting those

> > OK this could be problem here. As far as I know that kernel (included or
> > moduled) doesnt have aic7xxx or any adaptec stuff loaded. It only has
> > Megaraid 1.18f (or h) loaded.
> > So in theory I need to load aic7xxx to be able to see the "SCSI mode or
> > part" of this? Does this make logical sense? I sort-of does to me now
that I
> > think about it
> well, it's worth a shot and shouldn't break anything.
> just run modprobe aic7xxx

# modprobe aic7xxx
init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including
invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
      You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
/lib/modules/2.4.19-64GB-SMP/kernel/drivers/scsi/aic7xxx/aic7xxx.o: insmod
/lib/modules/2.4.19-64GB-SMP/kernel/drivers/scsi/aic7xxx/aic7xxx.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.19-64GB-SMP/kernel/drivers/scsi/aic7xxx/aic7xxx.o: insmod
aic7xxx failed

> if it loads and comes up with the drives then you have verified that the d
> are on a 'scsi' channel and just add the appropriate line to your
> to see them on startup.

According to that it cant find the device. Bizzare...

The guy from dell is going to call me back soon regarding it but they are
confused and cant seem to understand how its configured.
They get even more confused when they find out its running SuSe Enterprise
Server 8 and not red hat.

> if it doesn't.. then i am guessing the drives are on a 'raid' configured
> channel but haven't been configured enough to use by the OS.. e.g they
> may need to be initialized as 'volume' or bound in a raid array.
> but you seem quite certain they aren't so this is unlikely.
> regards,
> -jason

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