LSI 1068 Controller not recognized during SLES 11 installation

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


An attempt to install SLES 11 on a system equipped with LSI 1068 Controller as RAID 1 (two disks) failed with the message:

" Error. Hard disk has not been detected for the installation. Verify your hardware."

With SLES 10, there was no such an issue and the output from `lspci -vv` does look like the following:

82:03.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS1068 PCI-X
Fusion-MPT SAS (rev 01)
Subsystem: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic Unknown device 1000
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV+ VGASnoop- ParErr-
Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort-
<TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
Latency: 72 (16000ns min, 2500ns max), Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 19
Region 0: I/O ports at d800 [disabled] [size=256]
Region 1: Memory at feafc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Region 3: Memory at feae0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Expansion ROM at fe400000 [disabled] [size=4M]
Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA
Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
Capabilities: [98] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0
Address: 0000000000000000 Data: 0000
Capabilities: [68] PCI-X non-bridge device
Command: DPERE- ERO- RBC=512 OST=16
Status: Dev=82:03.0 64bit+ 133MHz+ SCD- USC- DC=simple
DMMRBC=2048 DMOST=16 DMCRS=128 RSCEM- 266MHz- 533MHz-
Capabilities: [b0] MSI-X: Enable- Mask- TabSize=1
Vector table: BAR=1 offset=00002000
PBA: BAR=1 offset=00003000


Obviously the controller has not been correctly detected; this is due to the fact that, enabling the MSI which is the default setting, has not worked in this system.

To solve this issue, it is recommended to enter the following option at boot prompt:

Additional Information

This option does only disable MSI for the SAS controllers.


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  • Document ID:7003835
  • Creation Date: 09-Jul-2009
  • Modified Date:18-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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