3ware 9550SXU-8LP trouble

My home NAS, powered by a (used) 3ware 9550SXU-8LP, started behaving weird during the weekend. The box would boot one time, but if you’d reboot it again it wouldn’t come back up. Now, since I don’t have a monitor attached to it (I didn’t take the monitor with me when I moved), I needed to borrow one from work — I’m gonna buy a DVI-D to HDMI-adapter soon, since the 42″ LCD-TV is right besides the NAS.

After looking at it yesterday, the 3ware boots up the first time, but when I rebooted the system it would look like this:

After hitting the any key, the system would continue to boot just fine, but without the 2,6TB RAID5 array hosted on the 3ware.

I opened the box up, looked into the case but couldn’t find anything obvious … The controller card was sitting just fine in the PCI-X slot. After powering down the box, I removed the card out of suspicion, blew into the slot, and reseated the card again into that same slot .. guess what ?

It works … been running the system ever since that, without any troubles ❗

DawiControl SIL3114

Well, if you remember back to last December, I had some severe troubles with this fake ass RAID controller. At the time I posted my last problem (or rather, my conclusion) I already bought a 3WARE Escalade 9550SXU-8LP on EBay (used, since I didn’t want to spend ~400 EUR). Now after the controller arrived in mid-January, I ended up buying a new main-board, processor, memory, … in order to put the 3WARE card to use; initially I thought the 3WARE card would fit into my A7N8X-X, but apparently that only had a 16bit PCI-slot.

Now, after reinstalling the box, and a short while in the 3WARE controller BIOS, I ended up with a 2,9TiB RAID5 array. That’s it for this lovely DawiControl crap. If anyone needs one, I still have the one I bought at work (lying around in a shelf), holler me.