Help with PCI-e SAS controller on an IBM x236 system not being recognised
Posted on 2009-07-13
I'm having some trouble trying to get this IBM SAS HBA controller (25R8060) to work with my IBM x236 server. I'm getting an NMI error on the led panel of the server.
First of all, I just recently confirmed that this setup is not supported by IBM, but IBM won't comment on whether its compatible. I landed in this predicament because IBM gave me some wrong advice in the start (lesson learned... use email so there's something written).
Anyway, long story short, whether or not its supported I still don't see why its not compatible. This is what I've got so far... The SAS controller is an (IBM rebranded) LSI Logic card that has PCI-e 8x connection. According to the x236 documentation, the x236 has PCI-e 4x slots... BUT... the SAS controller fits perfectly into the slots. So I'm assuming these are actually 8x slots...
On boot up, I get past post, but once its about to start the OS, I get a blank screen and the NMI error lights up on the led panel. Within 30 secs, the server reboots itself. I don't believe its an OS issue as I've tried to boot it up with WinPE and same issue happens.
I've updated all BIOS and BMC firmware and I've disabled all PCI rom execution in BIOS. I'm using the onboard raid for my hdds.
Anyone have any suggestions or similar issues? Anyone got SAS working on a x236 even if its a 3rd party product?
Can anyone confirm the PCI-e ports on the x236 are actually 4x or 8x?