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Old 11-17-2013, 03:55 AM   #1
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Unhappy SYBA SI-PEX40057 (Marvell 88SE9230-based) SATA card, times three = fail


I've built a storage server using:
  • SUPERMICRO X9SCM-F
  • SYBA SI-PEX40057 (x3)
  • Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS
All twelve ports on the cards are populated with storage drives, as are three of the ones on the motherboard, plus the boot drive, also on the motherboard. If I put load on the storage drives by copying a large file to them, the ones on the motherboard work fine, but the ones on the cards slowly start getting errors and eventually the system gives up and disables the controllers entirely, necessitating a reboot to get them back. Clearly not good.

For the record, if I have only one of the three cards in the system, things seem to work fine. It's only when I have multiples in that everything becomes brittle. How can I make these things behave and play nice together?

For the logs below, I did

tee /srv/storage/c1d2/randombytes /srv/storage/c1d3/randombytes /srv/storage/c1d4/randombytes /srv/storage/c1d5/randombytes > /dev/null < randombytes

where randombytes is a 60GiB file of random bytes.

Logs ahoy…

Output of lspci -vv

Output of uname -a:
Quote:
Linux cave-storage 3.8.0-33-generic #48~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Oct 24 16:28:06 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Output of dmesg

Contents of syslog starting at boot (part 1, part 2)

Output of lshw

Just for good measure, output of lsusb -v

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Old 11-19-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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No one? Nothing? Not a peep?
 
Old 04-08-2014, 09:15 AM   #3
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A casual computer user here.

Any time I've had cards disappear it's usually because they've exceeded the expansion slots' power budget.
 
Old 06-04-2014, 12:26 PM   #4
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I'm interested in purchasing this card to use in my server. It seems to be one of very few relatively cheap cards that has an x2 interface (allowing it to actually hit SATA3 speed).

Given that others have suggested that the issue is power related, have you tested with just two cards? Does the issue persist with two cards? Is it less pronounced?

When you have just a single card in, would you say the device performs flawlessly? Are you still using / troubleshooting this setup?

I've read a lot of conflicting information regarding the Marvell controller on these boards. Some claim it works without a problem, and others scream bloody murder that it drops drives or doesn't work with Linux. Any advice you can offer is appreciated.

The system it would be going into is running Ubuntu 14.04. Additionally, if you've given up, I'd be interested in taking a single working card off your hands -- PM me if so.

Thanks

Last edited by adayforgotten; 06-04-2014 at 12:30 PM. Reason: forgot some details
 
Old 06-05-2014, 06:29 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by adayforgotten View Post
I'm interested in purchasing this card to use in my server. It seems to be one of very few relatively cheap cards that has an x2 interface (allowing it to actually hit SATA3 speed).
Exactly why I bought them in the first place, yep.

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Given that others have suggested that the issue is power related, have you tested with just two cards? Does the issue persist with two cards? Is it less pronounced?
It seemed to be the same with two or three. I doubt it's power-related, since the card I replaced them all with ($$$) has a huge heat sink but still gets burning hot, and it works fine.

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When you have just a single card in, would you say the device performs flawlessly?
It did each time I tried, yeah. Seemed fine with only one card in.

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Are you still using / troubleshooting this setup?
Nope, I eventually got tired of trying and, as I say, I took them all out and replaced them with a pricey (used, off eBay) single-card, 8, four-SAS-port beast intended for real honest-to-goodness pro servers. I hated to have to do it, but at least it works solidly.

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I've read a lot of conflicting information regarding the Marvell controller on these boards. Some claim it works without a problem, and others scream bloody murder that it drops drives or doesn't work with Linux. Any advice you can offer is appreciated.
When I asked Syba's tech support board, they told me they only supported Windows on the board and, essentially, hey sorry. As far as I can tell, it works fine under Ubuntu 12.04LTS as long as you only have one in at a time.

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Additionally, if you've given up, I'd be interested in taking a single working card off your hands -- PM me if so.
I tried mightily, but it turns out LQ has a stupid system whereby you only get to PM if you've posted a slew of messages or else you pay them. Boo.

Tell you what, here's my junk-mail address. Send me an email and I'll reply with a passphrase you can post here so I know it was really you, then I'll give you my real one and we can talk. redacted

Last edited by Atario; 06-07-2014 at 05:48 AM.
 
Old 06-05-2014, 11:55 AM   #6
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Sent you an email. Thanks.
 
Old 06-06-2014, 08:05 AM   #7
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