Need help with getting in RAID card firmware

October 16, 2010 at 12:59:23
Specs: FreeNAS i386 0.69.2.4700, Intel P4 2.0GHz/(3) 512MB PC133 SDRAM
I have a PC with a Gateway E-3600 Mobo. Attached to it I am running a LSI MegaRAID i4 raid card.

I am unable to get into the raid card's firmware. I've tried hundreds of times using the CTRL+H or the CTRL+M to get into either of the configuration utilities, with different BIOS settings. I've even tried unplugging my other HDD's to see if it would allow me to enter the utilities. None of which have helped at all.

I don't remember what BIOS settings I had used to be able to get into it. Any help would be appreciated.

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October 16, 2010 at 13:30:37

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#2
October 16, 2010 at 13:45:59
X86,

I have all of those documents. None of them are any help. The problem I am having is with the Mobo. It's not allowing me to boot into the RAID config utilities. It just bypasses it whenever I hit the CTRL+M or CTRL+H and goes on to loading the OS.

If I unplug the OS HDD, then it just sits there telling me that it couldn't find a drive to load from.

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#3
October 17, 2010 at 00:15:40
The card has a seperate BIOS, it is not a Motherboard Fault par-se, the menu should appear on screen for the raid card options, if you do not get the menu then the Motherboard BIOS is not recognizing you have a card installed.. By the way it is usually CTRL+S

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#4
October 17, 2010 at 08:18:07
X86,

Yes, the card does have a separate BIOS, and the screen to enter it does show during the boot sequence. At the appropriate time, it asks the user to hit the key sequence of either CTRL+M or CTRL+H to enter the card's utility software.

Every time I hit either key combination, at the correct time, the Mobo disregards it and decides to just go through the rest of the boot sequence.

I figured out a work around anyways. I replaced the Mobo with a different one (Asus) and was able to get into the RAID card utility without any hesitation.

The Gateway E-3600 is going in the garbage......what a piece of crap.

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