Problem with IBM xSeries 226 with ServeRAID 6i+ using FreeBSD 5.3

J. Buck Caldwell freebsd at
Tue Mar 29 10:45:30 PST 2005

I'm having a serious problem with my IBM xSeries servers. I have several 
in the field working properly, using ServeRAID 6i controllers with 
firmware v7.00.14. However, I just recently ordered two new ones, and 
now I can't get them to work. The controller is a 6i+, with firmware 

Using stock 5.3 Boot CD or floppy, I get as far as the IPS driver 
resetting the controller, which appears to work (the drive lights flash 
as though the controller is resetting). Then nothing. The system hangs, 
the fans slow down, nothing ever happens.

If I boot in Non-ACPI mode, it's the same thing. However, if I boot in 
Safe Mode, it works perfectly. I've even managed to install the OS onto 
the system. However, in Safe Mode, I have no network adapters, so the 
server becomes instantly useless.

Any help would be appreciated. Requests for more detail will be answered 

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