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RAID driver unloads - HELP!

NW65SP6, HP Proliant350 G4, SA642+BBCM, 5*72GB HDDs, iSCSI target.

Recently added BBCM + 2 new 72GB HDDs. Been having trouble with node
abending every night during backup.

One of the new disks now failed. Server will no longer boot completely.
During boot, seems to hang for ~2 minutes (I haven't timed it) then
the SYS pool deactivates and the RAID controller driver unloads with
message like "driver unloaded due to device failure/error".

If I boot without autoexec.ncf (server -na) then the server boots to the
: prompt. I tried to do a poolverify on sys: at this point but during
the verify the raid controller unloaded again.

I have ordered a replacement disk for the failed one.

I would appreciate any input at all here:

1. I suppose it is possible that the recently added BBCM module is
causing the apparent RAID card failure and driver unload - it it safe to
remove it? I only ask because of the battery-backed memory part - is it
possible to tell if it holds any data not written to disk?

2. Is it possible that corruption on the sys volume could cause the RAID
driver to unload?

Any other ideas appreciated.

Thanks
p
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Marcel_Cox Absent Member.
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Re: RAID driver unloads - HELP!

The driver unload is purely based on hardware issues and is not related to
your pool health.

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Marcel Cox
http://support.novell.com/forums
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: RAID driver unloads - HELP!

Paul Cowper wrote:

> NW65SP6, HP Proliant350 G4, SA642+BBCM, 5*72GB HDDs, iSCSI target.


> Recently added BBCM + 2 new 72GB HDDs. Been having trouble with node
> abending every night during backup.


> One of the new disks now failed. Server will no longer boot completely.
> During boot, seems to hang for ~2 minutes (I haven't timed it) then
> the SYS pool deactivates and the RAID controller driver unloads with
> message like "driver unloaded due to device failure/error".


> If I boot without autoexec.ncf (server -na) then the server boots to the
> : prompt. I tried to do a poolverify on sys: at this point but during
> the verify the raid controller unloaded again.


> I have ordered a replacement disk for the failed one.


> I would appreciate any input at all here:


> 1. I suppose it is possible that the recently added BBCM module is
> causing the apparent RAID card failure and driver unload - it it safe to
> remove it? I only ask because of the battery-backed memory part - is it
> possible to tell if it holds any data not written to disk?


> 2. Is it possible that corruption on the sys volume could cause the RAID
> driver to unload?


> Any other ideas appreciated.


> Thanks
> p


We have about 35 HP Prolaint 350 G4's.
Some servers are in a cluster, and the rest are stand alone. Some time ago
we had some strange problems, servers that where part of the clsuter went
into abend during backup time, and the stand alone server, deactivated
there raid controllers. I updated the firmware of the 350 G4's, that
solved all the problems.

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