Can't get into the BIOS of a Dell Perc 740p RAID controller with ctrl + R

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Hi I have a Dell Perc 740p RAID card I just put in a computer, the computer recognizes it but I can't get in with ctrl + R.  I see the post message, but this one dosen't say press ctrl + R to get into Bios.  it says...

"PowerEdge Expandable RAID controller BIOS copyright AVAGO Technologies"

Then Initializing virtual drives, then goes on it's marry way.

Question: is there another way to get into Bios?  Am I dooing something wrong?

Thanks all
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PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Go into F2/Setup and find the RAID options there ...

Integrated into the BIOS Setup on 14G systems/controllers:
https://www.dell.com/support/article/ie/en/iebsdt1/sln307603/dell-poweredge-how-to-create-a-virtual-disk-through-the-system-setup-on-14g-servers?lang=en

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Ok great I'll try that.   This isn't in a powerspec, it's in a regular computer.  Does that matter?  I have used these in regular computers before.
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Top Expert 2010
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Dell server lineup is PowerEdge. These controllers were made specifically to go into the latest PowerEdge servers, SO MUCH SO, that they integrated the RAID management into the BIOS Setup of the server itself.

Historically, there have been two models: an adapter version and an integrated version. I SUSPECT that the integrated version (which likely "fits" into a standard x8 PCIe slot) is the one that integrates with the BIOS Setup, and POSSIBLY the adapter version has the traditional CTRL-R utility … I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE.

Given its tight integration with the 14G servers, there is a good chance it won't work, particularly if it is an "integrated" version of the controller - it will fit into the slot, but your BIOS won't know how to access it.

Yes, traditionally people have been able to use PERC's in other servers, or computers even, but with this development I'm not sure that will be possible. There really shouldn't be an expectation that they will work … I mean, why did you get a PERC? Why not buy the generic controller from LSI that the PERC is based on if putting it into a regular computer, instead of a card designed specifically for specific models of servers for a specific server manufacturer? That may be what you have to do anyway now. Dell doesn't "open" design/manufacture server hardware to be interchangeable with other makes/models, they build computing solutions. Sorry, just 2 cents of thoughts.
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Hi PowerEdgeTech, thanks a ton, last question, can you tell me what the LSI model that is close to the 740p?  I'm kinda new to using RAID and just picked that one off a recomendation here.
PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
You could look into the LSI/Avago/Broadcom MegaRAID 9460-8i.

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OK so it looks like the 740P used to be able to be used in non power edge systems, but now cannot, Thanks a ton PowerEdgeTech, you rock

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great, thanks a ton

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