Apple Fibre Channel Card vs. LSI Technologies Cards (PCI-E)?
Hi all, am new here, so please be kind.
I have searched this site, Apple's support forums, and good old Google, etc., however, I am still in the dark...
- The question that I have is wether or not the LSI Technologies cards (in particular a [b]LSI7404EP/b) are identical (hardware/firmware) to the Apple "branded" fibre channel cards?
If not, will a LSI card slot straight in work without firmware upgrades (boot not required, but knowledge is always welcomed)?
If not, can it be flashed/firmware upgraded to work?
If so, how do you do it, etc./list
- 1. Had a pair of G4 Xserves and Xraid connected by an Apple dual fibre channel 2gb PCI-X card that were on their way out...
2. Updated the two G4's with the 2006 Intel Xserves, checked Apple support & forums where it was claimed that this same card worked with a PCI-X riser instead of the supplied PCI-E riser.
3. Well it did not work, at least with OSX Lion Server that was installed. The system prefs pane sees the fibre channel card, however, no LUNs or drives, etc. appear in Disc Utility, Xsan, or anywhere else, so...
4. I presume I need a new FC card to work in these boxes.
5. An LSI7404EP-LC can be picked up on fleabay for ~100 each, and the cheapest Apple "branded" ones are over $250./list
Any help would be greatly appreciated, it just seems that this is an area that Apple has just dropped dead cold, and that there are few in the community who know/care/share... Cheers