1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 4, 2011 10:36 PM by retheoff

    S3420GPV reboots to wrong disk


      Anyone out there run into this?  I have the S3420GPV loaded with 6 sata disks using onboard connections, only setup using Linux software raid/lvm.  But I also have a Highpoint SATA Rocketraid card installed with a single disk.  I have the current bios v49 loaded, and in the bios boot order I have the correct first 3 disks I use as one of the RAID mirror to boot from.  Any of these disks will boot without error.


      On occasion, if I do a reboot, the server will decide to boot into a different disk than the first 3 specified in the boot order. And consequently, it fails to boot up and leaves at a busybox prompt.  Its like the bios decides it needs to use a different disk order?  Not a big deal for normal operation,but I can't reboot this thing remotely, which is really annoying!  It is a problem if the power is out for a long enough time period, like overnight.  Because it may not come up with the correct disk and fail to load.  So I will get a call first thing in the morning from people in the office.


      If during reboot this happens, I can cut the power and plug it back in.  It will then boot up correclty.  Just not during a reboot process.


      I see this on two servers, of 4. All same basic config, except the two with the issue have an addon controller installed.  The other two only have 3 disks , no extra controller, so they never get the oportunity to load alternate disks.  Note also, that I've seen this issue with different brand and model addon controllers.


      Any suggestions are appreciated.



        • 1. Re: S3420GPV reboots to wrong disk

          Ok, I may have answered my own question. I just went into boot drives and set all but the 3 I want to "disabled".  rebooted just fine!  I did a few reboots, no more issue, but time will tell.  I'll repost if otherwise, but I think its fixed.   (Duh!, why I didn't think of that before.... I don't know.)