Hi, I´m running 4.9-RELEASE on a pair of ML350 G3 with SA 641 controller. Haven´t had any problems so far..

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FreeBSD 4.9-RELEASE-p2 #0: Thu Jul 8 00:33:53 CEST 2004
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz
CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz (2392.25-MHz 686-class CPU)
Origin = "GenuineIntel" Id = 0xf29 Stepping = 9
Hyperthreading: 2 logical CPUs
real memory = 1073717248 (1048552K bytes)
config> di pcic0
No such device: pcic0
Invalid command or syntax. Type `?' for help.
config> di bt0
config> di aic0
config> di aha0
config> di adv0
config> q
avail memory = 1040523264 (1016136K bytes)
Preloaded elf kernel "kernel" at 0xc044e000.
Preloaded userconfig_script "/boot/kernel.conf" at 0xc044e09c.
Warning: Pentium 4 CPU: PSE disabled
Pentium Pro MTRR support enabled
md0: Malloc disk
npx0: <math processor> on motherboard
npx0: INT 16 interface
pcib0: <Host to PCI bridge> on motherboard
pci0: <PCI bus> on pcib0
ahc0: <Adaptec (Compaq OEM) 3960D Ultra160 SCSI adapter> port 0x2400-0x24ff mem
0xf7ef0000-0xf7ef0fff irq 3 at device 2.0 on pci0
aic7899: Ultra160 Wide Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 32/253 SCBs
ahc1: <Adaptec (Compaq OEM) 3960D Ultra160 SCSI adapter> port 0x2800-0x28ff mem
0xf7ee0000-0xf7ee0fff irq 3 at device 2.1 on pci0
aic7899: Ultra160 Wide Channel B, SCSI Id=7, 32/253 SCBs
pci0: <ATI Mach64-GR graphics accelerator> at 3.0
bge0: <Broadcom BCM5702 Gigabit Ethernet, ASIC rev. 0x1002> mem 0xf5fe0000-0xf5f
effff irq 5 at device 4.0 on pci0
bge0: Ethernet address: 00:0b:cd:c9:aa:32
miibus0: <MII bus> on bge0
brgphy0: <BCM5703 10/100/1000baseTX PHY> on miibus0
brgphy0: 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, 1000baseTX, 1000baseTX
-FDX, auto
pci0: <unknown card> (vendor=0x0e11, dev=0xa0f0) at 5.0 irq 10
isab0: <PCI to ISA bridge (vendor=1166 device=0201)> at device 15.0 on pci0
isa0: <ISA bus> on isab0
atapci0: <ServerWorks CSB5 ATA100 controller> port 0x2000-0x200f,0-0x3,0-0x7,0x3
f4-0x3f7,0x1f0-0x1f7 at device 15.1 on pci0
ata0: at 0x1f0 irq 14 on atapci0
ata1: at 0x170 irq 15 on atapci0
ohci0: <OHCI (generic) USB controller> mem 0xf5fc0000-0xf5fc0fff irq 11 at devic
e 15.2 on pci0
usb0: OHCI version 1.0, legacy support
usb0: SMM does not respond, resetting
usb0: <OHCI (generic) USB controller> on ohci0
usb0: USB revision 1.0
uhub0: (0x1166) OHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
uhub0: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
pcib1: <Host to PCI bridge> on motherboard
pci1: <PCI bus> on pcib1
pcib2: <Host to PCI bridge> on motherboard
pci2: <PCI bus> on pcib2
ciss0: <HP Smart Array 641> port 0x3000-0x30ff mem 0xf7f80000-0xf7fbffff,0xf7ff0
000-0xf7ff1fff irq 15 at device 1.0 on pci2
pcib3: <Host to PCI bridge> on motherboard
pci3: <PCI bus> on pcib3
pcib4: <ServerWorks host to PCI bridge(unknown chipset)> on motherboard
pci4: <PCI bus> on pcib4
pcib5: <ServerWorks host to PCI bridge(unknown chipset)> on motherboard
pci5: <PCI bus> on pcib5
eisa0: <EISA bus> on motherboard
mainboard0: <CPQ0729 (System Board)> on eisa0 slot 0
orm0: <Option ROMs> at iomem 0xc0000-0xc7fff,0xc8000-0xcbfff,0xee000-0xeffff on
pmtimer0 on isa0
fdc0: <NEC 72065B or clone> at port 0x3f0-0x3f5,0x3f7 irq 6 drq 2 on isa0
fdc0: FIFO enabled, 8 bytes threshold
fd0: <1440-KB 3.5" drive> on fdc0 drive 0
atkbdc0: <Keyboard controller (i8042)> at port 0x60,0x64 on isa0
atkbd0: <AT Keyboard> flags 0x1 irq 1 on atkbdc0
kbd0 at atkbd0
vga0: <Generic ISA VGA> at port 0x3c0-0x3df iomem 0xa0000-0xbffff on isa0
sc0: <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
sc0: VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
sio0 at port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10 on isa0
sio0: type 16550A
sio1: configured irq 3 not in bitmap of probed irqs 0
ppc0: <Parallel port> at port 0x378-0x37f irq 7 on isa0
ppc0: Generic chipset (NIBBLE-only) in COMPATIBLE mode
plip0: <PLIP network interface> on ppbus0
lpt0: <Printer> on ppbus0
lpt0: Interrupt-driven port
ppi0: <Parallel I/O> on ppbus0
IP Filter: v3.4.31 initialized. Default = block all, Logging = enabled
acd0: unknown transfer phase 1
acd0: CDROM <HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8480B> at ata0-master PIO4
Waiting 5 seconds for SCSI devices to settle
Mounting root from ufs:/dev/da0s1a
da0 at ciss0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <COMPAQ RAID 1 VOLUME OK> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device
da0: 135.168MB/s transfers
da0: 34727MB (71122560 512 byte sectors: 255H 32S/T 8716C)
da1 at ciss0 bus 0 target 1 lun 0
da1: <COMPAQ RAID 5 VOLUME OK> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device
da1: 135.168MB/s transfers
da1: 104183MB (213367680 512 byte sectors: 255H 32S/T 26148C)

Tim Pushor wrote:


Its an ML350. I know they are real cheap, however the alternative is clone based servers, so I'm real happy there is a budget line. Now there is no excuse not to have server class machines.

I should have checked the source myself. I see that 4.9-RELEASE uses an older version of ciss.c ( that doesn't mention the 641 driver, but it is in STABLE.

BUT I have gotten bitten in the past with 'supported' equipment not being very well supported. On Compaq servers. So I was hoping for a testimonial.

I have used the old Smart Array controllers with good success. As for performance, the 641 should be much faster than the 532.

Thanks Olaf!

Olaf Hoyer wrote:

On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, Tim Pushor wrote:

Hi all,

We are going to be replacing one of our older systems here with a new
HP/Compaq server and want to buy a (cheap) supported hardware raid
adapter. Compaq/HP used to be so easy.

The system we are looking at has either a Compaq 532 or 641 depending on
the processor speed (!). I see the 532 is supported, any word on the 641?


BTW:Which server model do you plan to buy?

In  $FreeBSD: src/sys/dev/ciss/ciss.c,v 2003/12/13 07:56:28 ps
Exp $

both models appear:
ciss_vendor_data[] = {
   { 0x0e11, 0x4070, CISS_BOARD_SA5,   "Compaq Smart Array 5300" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x4080, CISS_BOARD_SA5B,  "Compaq Smart Array 5i" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x4082, CISS_BOARD_SA5B,  "Compaq Smart Array 532" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x4083, CISS_BOARD_SA5B,  "HP Smart Array 5312" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x4091, CISS_BOARD_SA5,   "HP Smart Array 6i" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x409A, CISS_BOARD_SA5,   "HP Smart Array 641" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x409B, CISS_BOARD_SA5,   "HP Smart Array 642" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x409C, CISS_BOARD_SA5,   "HP Smart Array 6400" },
   { 0x0e11, 0x409D, CISS_BOARD_SA5,   "HP Smart Array 6400 EM" },

But I cannot comment on stability fo the models mentioned above...

I have some boxes here, that use the smartarry 5 and 5iplus with 2003
Server, and I had some old 360 g1 and g2, the g2 having the SA5 onboard,
and those were rock-solid.

But with the PCI ones I have no hands-on-experience, but it should be
the same like the onboard ones. Regarding terms of data security, they
are not the fastest, but reliable.

(OK, could be that 5.2 and GEOM still have some rough edges, I had mine
running 4.8-stable)


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