[PVE-User] Boot problem with PERC H310

Eneko Lacunza elacunza at binovo.es
Wed Oct 8 16:02:58 CEST 2014


This is for the record;

It seems Dell PERC H310 has a very bad/buggy/slow firmware, that sucks 
big time. I wasn't able to make use of the card as-is.

BUT

I installed on the card a LSI target-only firmware (no RAID options, no 
boot options) that makes the card faster and... it works OK with linux 
Drivers. It is currently working in our ceph storage cluster; server 
boots just OK.

Firmware change recipe (there are others, beaware some CLI command typos):
http://www.vladan.fr/flash-dell-perc-h310-with-it-firmware/

Beaware this procedure is not supported by Dell.

Cheers
Eneko



On 02/10/14 15:51, Eneko Lacunza wrote:
> Hi Michael,
>
> On 30/09/14 18:08, Michael Rasmussen wrote:
>> On Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:57:00 +0200
>> Eneko Lacunza <elacunza at binovo.es> wrote:
>>
>>> But it fails to boot correctly when I add the PERC H310 card; after 
>>> grub screen kernel loads and starts init. After a while, lots of 
>>> "udevd timeout: killing /sbin/modprobe ..." appear, and they seem to 
>>> last forever.
>>>
>>> This happens with latest Proxmox 3.3 community kernel and also with 
>>> latest debian wheezy kernel.
>>>
>> Maybe the BIOS tries to boot via the PERC card first which means your
>> old disks has changed "name" in BIOS. Try to disable its capability to
>> be used as boot device and see if that does not fixes your problem.
>>
> Just tried this but didn't help. Seems a megasas driver bug from some 
> reports found on the net. I'm trying some tweaks to udev and will try 
> kernel 3.10 also.
>
> I'll report back if I got any success.
>
> Thanks
> Eneko
>


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