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Trying to install a LSI SAS3041E-R PCI-E 4x card into the 16x slot of my Intel dg985wh

I am trying to install a LSI SAS3041E-R 4x PCI-E HBA (raid controller) in to a Intel dg965wh motherboard which only has 1 - 16x slot and 2 1 1x slots. After post, where the hba bios should load, I just get a blinking cursor that does not respond to keyboard commands (but does allow to me to toggle numlock and reboot.)

The motherboard is running the most recent bios from Intel with a Quad Core Processor.

Any help would be greatly appreciated..


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8/22/2022 - Mon

16x slots are usually only for Grafic cards. If there are 2 16x slots, one of them can often be used for non grafic cards, and the other for grafic cards only. So yours probably won't take raid cards. Check the manual of your mainboard, it should be mentioned somewhere.

I have read over the manual and no where does it implicity say that the 16x slot is for graphics only.
I have just testing my LSI card in an asus P5KC mobo i both 16x slots and it recognizes just fine. I would like to avoid using the board as I will have to modify my 2U case to accepts a PCI-E half high video card where as the intel board has it on board.

Any other advise out there would be greatly appreciated as I will start modying the 2U case this week...

If you check the board layout, you'll see that the pci-e 16x connection is directly connected to the grafics controller of the chipset.
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I am building a cheap esx 3.5 box and it has the most limitations on supported storage systems. The lsi is supported while the on board is not.

The intel board had the benifit of on board video so I would not need to cut up my 2U rack mount chasis.

With that said I have gotten the system running on a asus board mentioned earlier. It took some modification to do it but it is done...

I will see if anyone else comes up with something.

>>  The lsi is supported while the on board is not.

The only thing I can think of is if the LSI card will let you change the "base address", so it won't fight with the onboard video.
Probably need to try this on the Asus, since the Intel won't boot with the card installed.


That is a great idea! Even though I am going to stick with the Asus I would like to try it out on the Intel Board. If all goes well this will be the start of cheap ESX servers.
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<crossing fingers>

I believe you were correct with your advise regarding the address segment; however due to time and resources I worked arround it by using a different motherboard.

Also changing the Address segment, which requires the ability to boot in to the card bios, was not possible.


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