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Perc 6/e firmware issue

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Hi everybody,

I bought Perc 6/e adapter on Ebay. It works fine with exception that I cannot get into configuration during the boot. I tried Crtl+R, Ctrl+H and Ctrl+C combinations, but no luck. I can manage it with megacli no problem. Still I am concerned that it might happen that I cannot boot OS and I need to manage RAID. I tried to update firmware with the latest Perc6/e firmware when I got the message that the package version installed is higher than the one in the update package. I diced not to proceed unless I get better understanding of the issue. It appears to me that somebody upgraded controller with LSI firmware and therefore there is a package version discrepancy. The output of controller configuration is below.

I have few questions regarding my issue:

  1. Is Perc 6/e LSI rebranded RAID card? If so, what is LSI equivalent model?
  2. Can be the LSI firmware used on Perc 6 cards?
  3. Is there any other keyboard combination to get into configuration utility during BIOS boot?
  4. Are there functionality differences between LSI firmware and DELL Perc firmware?

Thank you in advance for your help and info.

# /opt/MegaRAID/CLI/MegaCli -AdpAllInfo -aALL

Adapter #0

Product Name : PERC 6/E Adapter
Serial No : 1122334455667788
FW Package Build: 9.0.1-0037

Mfg. Data
Mfg. Date : 06/24/08
Rework Date : 06/24/08
Revision No :
Battery FRU : N/A

Image Versions in Flash:
FW Version : 1.20.42-0525
BIOS Version : 2.01.00
WebBIOS Version : 1.1-50-e_16-Rel
Ctrl-R Version : 1.02-012B
Preboot CLI Version: 01.00-022:#%00005
Boot Block Version :

Pending Images in Flash

PCI Info
Controller Id : 0000
Vendor Id : 1000
Device Id : 0060
SubVendorId : 1028
SubDeviceId : 1f0a

Host Interface : PCIE

Link Speed : 0
Number of Frontend Port: 0
Device Interface : PCIE

Number of Backend Port: 8
Port : Address
0 0000000000000000
1 0000000000000000
2 0000000000000000
3 0000000000000000
4 5001c232c9191000
5 0000000000000000
6 0000000000000000
7 0000000000000000

HW Configuration
SAS Address : 5a4badb035d16200
BBU : Present
Alarm : Absent
NVRAM : Present
Serial Debugger : Present
Memory : Present
Flash : Present
Memory Size : 512MB
TPM : Absent
On board Expander: Absent
Upgrade Key : Absent
Temperature sensor for ROC : Absent
Temperature sensor for controller : Absent

Current Time : 16:17:50 10/4, 2015
Predictive Fail Poll Interval : 300sec
Interrupt Throttle Active Count : 16
Interrupt Throttle Completion : 50us
Rebuild Rate : 30%
PR Rate : 30%
BGI Rate : 30%
Check Consistency Rate : 30%
Reconstruction Rate : 30%
Cache Flush Interval : 4s
Max Drives to Spinup at One Time : 2
Delay Among Spinup Groups : 12s
Physical Drive Coercion Mode : 128MB
Cluster Mode : Disabled
Alarm : Disabled
Auto Rebuild : Enabled
Battery Warning : Enabled
Ecc Bucket Size : 15
Ecc Bucket Leak Rate : 1440 Minutes
Restore HotSpare on Insertion : Disabled
Expose Enclosure Devices : Disabled
Maintain PD Fail History : Disabled
Host Request Reordering : Enabled
Auto Detect BackPlane Enabled : SGPIO/i2c SEP
Load Balance Mode : Auto
Use FDE Only : No
Security Key Assigned : No
Security Key Failed : No
Security Key Not Backedup : No
Default LD PowerSave Policy : Controller Defined
Maximum number of direct attached drives to spin up in 1 min : 0
Auto Enhanced Import : No
Any Offline VD Cache Preserved : No
Allow Boot with Preserved Cache : No
Disable Online Controller Reset : No
Use disk activity for locate : No
POST delay : 90 seconds
BIOS Error Handling : Pause on Errors
Current Boot Mode :Normal
RAID Level Supported : RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, RAID00, RAID10, RAID50, RAID60, PRL 11, PRL 11 with spanning, SRL 3 supported, PRL11-RLQ0 DDF layout with no span, PRL11-RLQ0 DDF layout with span
Supported Drives : SAS, SATA

Allowed Mixing:

Mix in Enclosure Allowed

ECC Bucket Count : 0

Max Arms Per VD : 32
Max Spans Per VD : 8
Max Arrays : 128
Max Number of VDs : 64
Max Parallel Commands : 1008
Max SGE Count : 80
Max Data Transfer Size : 8192 sectors
Max Strips PerIO : 42
Max LD per array : 16
Min Strip Size : 8 KB
Max Strip Size : 1.0 MB
Max Configurable CacheCade Size: 0 GB
Current Size of CacheCade : 0 GB
Current Size of FW Cache : 0 MB

Device Present
Virtual Drives : 4
Degraded : 0
Offline : 0
Physical Devices : 16
Disks : 15
Critical Disks : 0
Failed Disks : 0

Supported Adapter Operations
Rebuild Rate : Yes
CC Rate : Yes
BGI Rate : Yes
Reconstruct Rate : Yes
Patrol Read Rate : Yes
Alarm Control : Yes
Cluster Support : No
BBU : Yes
Spanning : Yes
Dedicated Hot Spare : Yes
Revertible Hot Spares : Yes
Foreign Config Import : Yes
Self Diagnostic : Yes
Allow Mixed Redundancy on Array : No
Global Hot Spares : Yes
Deny SCSI Passthrough : No
Deny SMP Passthrough : No
Deny STP Passthrough : No
Support Security : No
Snapshot Enabled : No
Support the OCE without adding drives : No
Support PFK : No
Support PI : No
Support Boot Time PFK Change : No
Disable Online PFK Change : No
Support Shield State : No
Block SSD Write Disk Cache Change: No

Supported VD Operations
Read Policy : Yes
Write Policy : Yes
IO Policy : Yes
Access Policy : Yes
Disk Cache Policy : Yes
Reconstruction : Yes
Deny Locate : No
Deny CC : No
Allow Ctrl Encryption: No
Enable LDBBM : No
Support Breakmirror : No
Power Savings : No

Supported PD Operations
Force Online : Yes
Force Offline : Yes
Force Rebuild : Yes
Deny Force Failed : No
Deny Force Good/Bad : No
Deny Missing Replace : No
Deny Clear : No
Deny Locate : No
Support Temperature : No
Disable Copyback : No
Enable JBOD : No
Enable Copyback on SMART : No
Enable Copyback to SSD on SMART Error : No
Enable SSD Patrol Read : No
PR Correct Unconfigured Areas : Yes
Error Counters
Memory Correctable Errors : 0
Memory Uncorrectable Errors : 0

Cluster Information
Cluster Permitted : No
Cluster Active : No

Exit Code: 0x00

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Are you located in the US? Kind of wondering if the best way I can help you out is to just ship you a new modern card. That Perc6 is olllld. LSI MegaRAID SAS 8888ELP era.

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That I'm not sure about. Even with current-generation cards that can be a gamble. The safest bet is always backing up the data, moving the disks over, and creating it new.

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