Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

LSI MegaRAID hangs during reboot

Posted on 2013-01-09
6
Medium Priority
?
1,978 Views
Last Modified: 2013-01-29
Hello Experts,
I have an old Gateway server with an LSI MegaRAID SATA 150-6D controller that will not boot.  All of the BIOS screens go by and the system hangs at the MegaRAID BIOS screen.  The system would normally launch Windows from there.  I can enter and modify the MegaRAID BIOS, but if I don't do that (i.e. I let the BIOS screen stay there), that is where the reboot process stops.  Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance for any help!
Cameron
0
Comment
Question by:dcdeheer
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
6 Comments
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:lancecurwensville
ID: 38760823
It sounds as tho the battery on the card has failed, and it is loosing its config during the reboot.
0
 

Author Comment

by:dcdeheer
ID: 38761200
hello,
thanks for the reply.  unfortunately there is no battery on the megaraid card.  when i am able to enter the MegaRaid BIOS, i do see my one logical drive and the 5 physical drives, and everything looks fine.  when i exit the BIOS and reboot, the system hangs at the MegaRAID BIOS screen.
cameron
0
 
LVL 47

Expert Comment

by:David
ID: 38761202
Try a windows recovery CD. If the CD sees the windows C:\ drive, then you know it is NOT the RAID controller .. the problem is a munged up windows distribution.   Conversely, if it doesn't see the RAID, then do the ALT-3 or whatever it is, and go to the 3ware BIOS and look for whatever is wrong.

But I do not think it lost the config. If it did, then the system would complain about no bootable disk.

The other alternative (gulp) is catastrophic drive failure.
0
Simple, centralized multimedia control

Watch and learn to see how ATEN provided an easy and effective way for three jointly-owned pubs to control the 60 televisions located across their three venues utilizing the ATEN Control System, Modular Matrix Switch and HDBaseT extenders.

 

Accepted Solution

by:
dcdeheer earned 0 total points
ID: 38761294
hi dlethe,
it was actually hanging at the point where the bios stuff is finished but before it tries to boot anything from cd or hard drive.  what ended up getting me further is temporarily disabling the megaraid bios (there is an option to do this within the megaraid bios configuration).  the option at the end of the megaraid bios setup now says 'press ctrl<m> to enable bios' (or something like that) rather than 'press ctrl<m> to enter bios', and if i don't do anything there it does proceed to boot from cd.  it still seems to recognize the raid array with the existing partitions that i had, so i am re-installing windows on c: (which is what i was trying to do in the first place).  i will keep you posted on what happens, thanks for your suggestions...
cameron
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:pgm554
ID: 38761605
Sounds like you got an irq issue.
Try moving the controller to a different slot.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:dcdeheer
ID: 38830333
through my own trial and error, i found that disabling the raid card bios allowed me to boot to a cd.  from this point i was able to reinstall the operating system, re-enable the raid card bios, and boot normally thereafter.
0

Featured Post

Hire Technology Freelancers with Gigs

Work with freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely, and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Hyper-convergence systems have taken the IT world by storm and have quickly started to change our point of view of how the data center should and could be architected. In this article, I’ll explain the benefits of employing a hyper-converged system …
Backups and Disaster RecoveryIn this post, we’ll look at strategies for backups and disaster recovery.
In this video, Percona Director of Solution Engineering Jon Tobin discusses the function and features of Percona Server for MongoDB. How Percona can help Percona can help you determine if Percona Server for MongoDB is the right solution for …
In this video, Percona Solutions Engineer Barrett Chambers discusses some of the basic syntax differences between MySQL and MongoDB. To learn more check out our webinar on MongoDB administration for MySQL DBA: https://www.percona.com/resources/we…

722 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question