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Question about Adaptec 1430SA controller detection

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I have purchased and installed this controller, but have not hooked up any drives to it yet. Nor do I have any lying around I can test with at the time unfortunately. Is there a way via command line or GUI to see if just the controller has been detected and working without drives attached? I have previously attached this device to another computer, and disabled all types of RAID so it should only be using JBOD format.

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Some controllers will show you a BIOS boot up message.  Many controllers will announce themselves in the syslog, and possibly reserve 'slots' too.  But I believe some won't do anything if there isn't a single drive connected.

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I don't think I've ever connected a monitor to this server except when I first built it  :o OK. I was just curious. I'll be adding a drive to it sooner or later. As it's on the supported OOTB list on the forums I assume I'll have no issues. Thanks for the quick response.

 

 

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You should also be able to see it with the lspci command.

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do you have any idea what is would be listed as? I don't see anything resembling it...

this the output of that command :

00:00.0 Host bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1                                                                                        fh) Processor Root Complex

00:00.2 IOMMU: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1fh) I/                                                                                        O Memory Management Unit

00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: AMD/ATI [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Trinit                                                                                        y [Radeon HD 7540D]

00:01.1 Audio device: AMD/ATI [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Trinity HDMI Audio                                                                                        Controller

00:04.0 PCI bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1f                                                                                        h) Processor Root Port

00:10.0 USB controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH USB XHCI Controll                                                                                        er (rev 09)

00:10.1 USB controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH USB XHCI Controll                                                                                        er (rev 09)

00:11.0 SATA controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH SATA Controller                                                                                        [AHCI mode] (rev 40)

00:12.0 USB controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH USB OHCI Controll                                                                                        er (rev 11)

00:12.2 USB controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH USB EHCI Controll                                                                                        er (rev 11)

00:13.0 USB controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH USB OHCI Controll                                                                                        er (rev 11)

00:13.2 USB controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH USB EHCI Controll                                                                                        er (rev 11)

00:14.0 SMBus: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH SMBus Controller (rev 16)

00:14.2 Audio device: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH Azalia Controller (                                                                                        rev 01)

00:14.3 ISA bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH LPC Bridge (rev 11)

00:14.4 PCI bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH PCI Bridge (rev 40)

00:14.5 USB controller: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] FCH USB OHCI Controll                                                                                        er (rev 11)

00:18.0 Host bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1                                                                                        fh) Processor Function 0

00:18.1 Host bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1                                                                                        fh) Processor Function 1

00:18.2 Host bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1                                                                                        fh) Processor Function 2

00:18.3 Host bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1                                                                                        fh) Processor Function 3

00:18.4 Host bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1                                                                                        fh) Processor Function 4

00:18.5 Host bridge: AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] Family 15h (Models 10h-1                                                                                        fh) Processor Function 5

01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168 PCI Ex                                                                                        press Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)

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It's not there.  As an addon card, it would show up with a non-zero leading byte, and the only one like that is the Realtek NIC.  I would expect it to be 02:00.0 or similar.  It should say 'SATA RAID bus controller', and the name would either be Adaptec or the maker of the controller chipset on it.

 

Edit: corrected PCI type from SATA to RAID bus, see this

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Well that's not promising.... it showed up on another motherboard and I was able to access the BIOS to turn off RAID so I know it works. Would it possibly be that there is no drive plugged into it yet?

 

 

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If you're watching the boot screen (I know you don't have a monitor to do this with) you'll see it enter the 1430's BIOS and scan for drives.    If none are found, I don't believe it remains enabled, but I'm not certain.    The easiest way to check is to just hook up a monitor .. but if that's not feasible then I'd just connect a drive to it and confirm it shows up.

 

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You should also be able to see it with the lspci command.

 

lspci

01:00.0 RAID bus controller: Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 1430SA (rev 02)

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Being are there are lit LED's on the controller board itself I know it has power. I shall have to borrow a monitor and report back if I see a BIOS screen for it or or not.

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I have two of these. You may need a BIOS upgrade to support large drives (2TB+).

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... it is, however, much easier to do that (and a bunch of other things) if you have a monitor on your server  :)

 

Not sure where your server is relative to your other PC's, but I have long VGA cables from my servers run to a VGA switch by one of my PCs, and when I need to do anything that I need a display for I simply plug in a USB keyboard and switch the display to that server.

 

VGA cables can be run up to 100' (although I only needed a couple 25' and one 35' cable [~ $10 at Monoprice].    A little 4-port monitor switch is all I had to add:  http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10106&cs_id=1010601&p_id=55&seq=1&format=2

 

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I believe I already flashed the card to this newest BIOS right after I received it. At the time I had another system and I just threw it in, and flashed the newer BIOS, and made sure it was in JBOD mode, and no RAID was enabled in the card's BIOS itself. I'll be getting a monitor over here in the next few days and I'll report back. I really hope this card works as it was reported working through the forums. I spent a good deal of time trying to find the best card for my situation. I'll report back after I have a monitor and am able to see if the card is recognized during boot. There are several LED's on the card itself lit, and like I said previously at one point I was in the BIOS so I know the card was working. I have my fingers crossed anyway  ???

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The 1430SA is an "old reliable" SATA adapter that's worked perfectly with UnRAID for years.

 

I confess, however, that my cards (2 in one system, one in another) are all running on either v4.7 (old, original media server) or v5.0.6 (my "Aux" server) => NOT on v6.  SURELY v6 includes support for this card ... but I haven't personally confirmed that.

 

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Well, I will find out soon enough and let you know  :)  that's kind of why I bought it, because that's what everyone's opinion in the forums was. General opinion was that it worked well. As I don't need any type of crazy read write speeds I was happy getting a sata 2 card, which should be more than adequate for all my media server and general storage purposes. I'll report back when I know. If it's for some reason no longer supported in 6 how difficult is it to add the driver myself? Or is this possibly something that was overlooked and could be re-added if it's indeed confirmed missing from the newer versions ?

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I don't know for SURE, but if I recall correctly Joel's configuration includes a 1430SA ... and I know he just updated to v6 with no problem.    If he noticed this, perhaps he'll confirm that he's using a 1430SA.  [i'll send him a PM and a link to this comment.]

 

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The 1430SA is an "old reliable" SATA adapter that's worked perfectly with UnRAID for years.

 

I confess, however, that my cards (2 in one system, one in another) are all running on either v4.7 (old, original media server) or v5.0.6 (my "Aux" server) => NOT on v6.  SURELY v6 includes support for this card ... but I haven't personally confirmed that.

 

I am running V6 with this card - no issues - make sure it is upgraded to the latest firmware to allow disks >2.2T.

 

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Thanks for the confirmation ... I was about 99+% sure it wouldn't be an issue, but it's always nice to see confirmation.  If nobody responded today I was going to simply boot one of my servers with a v6 flash drive (with nothing assigned of course) and confirm that it "saw" the drives on the controller okay.

 

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I've been running this card with 6 for a long time.  I think I have one in both servers. Can't remember.

 

It's an odd choice as a new purchase, unless you got it cheap?

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I don't know for SURE, but if I recall correctly Joel's configuration includes a 1430SA ... and I know he just updated to v6 with no problem.    If he noticed this, perhaps he'll confirm that he's using a 1430SA.  [i'll send him a PM and a link to this comment.]

That board is not in the server I just upgraded, so therefore, I cannot answer if it works, or not.

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I don't know for SURE, but if I recall correctly Joel's configuration includes a 1430SA ... and I know he just updated to v6 with no problem.    If he noticed this, perhaps he'll confirm that he's using a 1430SA.  [i'll send him a PM and a link to this comment.]

That board is not in the server I just upgraded, so therefore, I cannot answer if it works, or not.

 

Thanks for responding.  Wasn't sure if you still had an active 1430SA or not, but I knew you'd just upgraded to v6, so if you had the board you'd have certainly known the answer  :)

 

Fortunately bonienl confirmed that it works fine with v6 a few posts above.

 

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Have 2 of them running with the latest BIOS 2507 in my Server under v6.1.2 - no issues so far.

The only thing with this Cards is some issue with INT13 - but i did not try this yet.

http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=3877.msg151434#msg151434

 

EDIT: Deactivate the BIOS "on both" Controllers will fix the INT13-issue because its only related to the Boot-Option, which is not needed für unRAID  ;)

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