I understand that you are experiencing problems using a RAID controller card on the Intel(R) Desktop Board
DH77KC with the latest BIOS.
The Intel(R) Desktop Boards will usually not support RAID controller cards as there might be conflicts. The PCI Express* 16X is intended to be used with video cards but not limited to them. The fact that the card initializes means that the motherboard and card are working.
At this point you should try a rollback to a previous BIOS.
Try disabling the Adaptec runtime BIOS in the ctrl+A controller config and see if that lets you boot. You won't be able to boot from the controller with the runtime BIOS disabled, but you should be able to see the arrays you've configured as logical volumes in your OS once it boots.
Please open a case directly with Adaptec Support by going to http://ask.adaptec.com and clicking on the "Ask a question" link on the right-hand side of the page.
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Many thanks for both of your replies. I will try the runtime BIOS disable first and if that proves unsucessful I will roll back to the original motherboard BIOS. I will report back within a few days.
I'm having the same issue as the topic starter. Same motherboard and bios version, but in my case with an Areca 1220 controller in place in the pci-e x16 slot. The previous bios works fine.
This controller does not has the option to disable it's bios, so I am unable to test that option.
I will now revert to the older bios, but it would be very nice to see the issue fixed. I know this board is just a desktop board, but this is just my home server, so no need for expensive server boards.
I'm willing to test beta bios releases if that may help resolving this issue.
Thanks in advance.
Sorry for the late follow up on this post. I tested both Adaptec Support's and Victor_Intel's suggestions.
Disabling the runtime BIOS on the RAID card did allow the system to start to boot into the OS, however the OS loading stopped at the RAID card driver. This was booting into ESXi 5 and it hung on aacraid. This same install of ESXi 5 starts without issue with this RAID card on my previous Intel motherboard.
Rolling back the BIOS to the first release (069) allowed me to starting to boot the OS as well but still hung on aacraid. I have tried the latest provided aacraid driver on both Intel BIOS with no difference. On the first release Intel BIOS I was able to start booting OS with either the Adaptec runtime BIOS enabled or disabled.
I have since tried an IBM M5014 (LSI9260-8i) and that boots to ESXi and is all accessible on both old and new BIOS.
I am in the same boat as Hugo in that this is my home server but still expected to be able to run the same PCIe RAID card as I did on my previous Intel board without issue.