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Re: firewire video

Unread postby nekonoko » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:11 am

strandedinnz wrote:Hmmm .. only problem is that is not an SAS3442X-R .. the "-R" is quite important, the none-R ones do not work .. I tried one :-(


Which chipset does that card use? I thought they all used the 1068; maybe the driver just needs a little kick. For what it's worth, Hamei has a $25 4-port version working just peachy :)
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Re: firewire video

Unread postby strandedinnz » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:21 am

nekonoko wrote:
strandedinnz wrote:Hmmm .. only problem is that is not an SAS3442X-R .. the "-R" is quite important, the none-R ones do not work .. I tried one :-(


Which chipset does that card use? I thought they all used the 1068; maybe the driver just needs a little kick. For what it's worth, Hamei has a $25 4-port version working just peachy :)


I should have thought to look before I gave it back .. it just put the Fuel into rolling reboots :-(

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Re: firewire video

Unread postby nekonoko » Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:37 am

Okay, I bought one of the $45 cards to test. If it works out, I can pass it on.
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Re: firewire video

Unread postby nekonoko » Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:11 am

eMGee wrote:So you haven't tried it yourself yet?


When I purchased my SAS3442X-R, I was simply looking for the lowest cost card with a 1068 chipset I could find, which wound up being that particular card - there was no other selection criteria involved ($200 BIN in May 2007 for a boxed card with cables). This is the first I'd heard of any difficulties with 1068 cards - I'll take a look at it and see what's up.
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Re: firewire video

Unread postby hamei » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:19 pm

^^ Same here .. well, similar but at a lower price point :) I just hunted for the best deal on an LSI 1064 card I could find. Bought one, it worked.

It's great. Only thing I use the firewire for now is maybe backup and the CF card reader. The SATA cf card reader I bought doesn't work but when I checked out the reviews, seems that it is not reliable under Windows either, so ..... someone else will come up with a working one to try later on, I am sure.

SATA card is the way to go for cheap large storage. Firewire does work but it's a pita. I'm using the scsi disks for system and executables the sata for large, less accessed storage. ( /usr/people/me ) Doesn't seem slower than the scsi disks in desktop use. Probably a different kettle of fish for a server.

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Re: firewire video

Unread postby nekonoko » Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:11 pm

Just an update - got the cheapie SAS3442X in today and installed it in place of the SAS3442X-R in my Tezro:

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Feb 19 14:00:52 5A:Kazehana unix: NOTICE: /hw/module/001c01/IXbrick/xtalk/15/pci-x/1/2/scsi_ctlr/0:  1068 SAS/SATA firmware version 1.6.0.0


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Integral SCSI controller 6: Version SAS/SATA LS1068
  Disk drive: unit 0 on SCSI controller 6 (unit 0)


My SATA drive mounted as expected on boot and everything is operating as on my old card. Looks good to go. The only difference I can see is that my SAS3442X-R reports firmware version 1.10.1.0 in SYSLOG.
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Re: firewire video

Unread postby nekonoko » Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:36 pm

Not a problem - didn't want to steer anyone down the wrong path on this. I can probably use the extra card in my O350 so it's all good either way :)

Here's a photo of the drive above the DVD-ROM; I also tucked the extra SATA cables (blue) up there so they aren't hanging around the card cage. If you wanted to spend some time with it I'm sure it could be made much prettier than this.

PICT1614.jpg


The 1068 cards also have an external InfiniBand (SFF-8470) port which can support 4 drives if you'd rather not mess with the internal connector - that's what I'd be using on my O350 if I go that route.
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