I just got an Areca 1220 hardware RAID 6 card to install in my nF4 SLI motherboard, but the BIOS won't detect it no matter what I try.
I have tested the card in a Dell PowerEdge 1800 and a Dell Dimension 9100 and it works perfectly.
Then I saw this on the Areca FAQ:
Our PCIe ARC-12xx series controller uses Intel IOP332/333 processor. The Intel high performance IOP (IOP331/332/333) has integrated the bridge chip in the controller. But the original NVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset BIOS has the problem after Bridge IRQ routing. All controllers use Intel new IOP 332/333, such as Areca, Intel, and LSI have the same IRQ routing problem. Those NVIDIA 939 M/Bs can be worked in the Windows environment. Due to the Windows system takes over the BIOS job, and Linux & FreeBSD need to use the M/B BIOS, so it has problem with our PCIe controller.
Currently, DFI, Ausu, MSI and Gigabyte have BIOS to solve the problem. If you have problem in this kind of mainboard, please try to manufacture latest BIOS.
We have tested DFI Lanparty NF4 SLI & ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, and Asus A8N-SLI Premium. It works very well with our firmware 1.38 and newest mainboard BIOS. Try to swap the graphic and our controller, if you find some warm boot problem in the Asus A8N-SLI Premium.
I have updated the motherboard BIOS to the latest beta (704), and also tried the latest offical BIOS (623) to no effect.
Upgrading the firmware on the Areca to the latest (1.38) also did not work.
I have seen some people running this combo just fine, but I'm not having much luck here.
Could anyone offer me any advice on how to get this working?
The Areca card beeps twice when I first switch the nF4 system on, but only beeps once when installed in the PowerEdge and Dimension 9100.
I have tried installing the card in the following slots:
PCIe Slot 1 (4x mode)
PCIe Slot 1 (2x mode)
PCIe Slot 2 (16x mode)
PCIe Slot 4 (16x mode)
PCIe Slot 2 (8x/8x mode)
PCIe Slot 4 (8x/8x mode)
Nothing worked! The BIOS doesn't even see the card. The only thing it lists on the PCIe bus is the display adapter.
Any help would be much appreciated.