IBM x3500 ATB-200 RAID adapter replacement

Hi,

I have an IBM server x3500 and I have problem at boot with it. When it boot , at the RAID controller init, it Write 'Controller manager initializing...' for 15 minutes and after it write 'Controller manager failed'.

As I saw the controller look like a RAM dimm. The controller is an ATB-200 from Adaptec (FRU:25R8076). As the description from IBM and other sites,  it is the whole controller but many told me that is only cache memory.

I already order a new one but I'm not sure it is the problem. When I take it off, the computer does nothing and the diagnostic LED stuck at CPU.

My question is, if the new controller failed, is there any other SAS adapter that I can buy, used or new, to replace my ATB-200 that I can install without delete and reconfigure my existing array? I have a RAID 1 array and a RAID 5 array. Motherboard has pci-e X8 and pci-x connector.

Thank you!

Dany
zacker69Asked:
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
You need the original RAID controller to have your RAID-1 and RAID-5 arrays recognized.
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zacker69Author Commented:
But there's no equivalent model in pci-e or pci-x available that could work?
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
It's a very old board. Your best bet of recovery is obtaining the exact missing component.
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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
It is a whole controller and not a DIMM, there's RAM on one side of it and the controller chip on the other side. There are several ServeRAID 8K on eBay, alt part no 25r8088.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Have you reached out to IBM?
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zacker69Author Commented:
Yes I call them. It's longer to get it than via some ebay sellers. It take 3-4 days. I wait the one arriving today but I hope it will work.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
That would be the best approach. The deal with RAIDs they sometimes store information on drives and sometimes on a controller itself. So if you are to plug in something foreign you might loose valuable metadata. This will cause you to seek professional RAID recovery services.
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zacker69Author Commented:
The problem is not data. We backup everyday so we will loose 1 day of work. The problem is to get up and running fast.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
I understand.
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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
If you're in a hurry to get it back up best order a motherboard on sale or return too, but you'll need the Model number of the server and serial no and type no to be guarantte dt's the right one.
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zacker69Author Commented:
So now I change the adapter and it work.

Thank you!
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