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Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A Port Timeout

By Susu ·
Running Windows Server 2003. Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A. 2 Mirrored 120 GB drives. One partition (C:). RAID controler BIOS is latest.

At seemingly random intervals, I recieve the following error in the system event log:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: hpt3xx
Event Category: None
Event I 117
Date: 3/8/2005
Time: 15:56:38
User: N/A
Computer: ESAU
Description:
The driver for device \Device\Scsi\hpt3xx1 detected a port timeout due to prolonged inactivity. All associated busses were reset in an effort to clear the condition.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 56 00 ......V.
0008: 00 00 00 00 75 00 04 c0 ....u..?
0010: 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........

This occurs 18 times, with 14 seconds between each occurence. While it is happening, the server becomes completely unresponsive and all network connections are lost.

I know that the 1200A is not certified for Windows 2003, but it does work on other systems (I and others have seen it). I am using the HighPoint RocketRAID 100 driver. (They have the same chipset.)

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by mikex In reply to Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A Po ...

The easy way is to add additional one like this:

http://www.isellsurplus.com/product.asp?ID=8033&C=9&S=171&P=PG

If you want you can research wich 1 is for 2k3 srv

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by RCOM In reply to Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A Po ...

In situations were solid performance is needed I would never use an unsupported device that needs to be tweaked or forced. Each time the server locks up you're risking data corruption. Hate to be harsh but, I would immediatetly fire a person if I found out they tried this on a production machine.

Your question is the solution. Unsupported controller, non-specific drivers and having problems.

HMMM!! What to do next?

1. Keep having problems
2. Get a compatible controller (as suggested)

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HMMM!! I wasn't looking for the obvious answer. I already know that one. I was looking for a solution that did not involve reloading the machine.

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by steve45king In reply to Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A Po ...

As i (should) already know, the 1200A isn't compatibly with win2003srv (officially =))
but i would say that normally there is no problem with this configuration.

turning to your problem:

I ASSUME that at least one of your HDD is defective (i also assume that you use IBM Deskstar drives *g*).
So I would check each of your HDD (with the appropiate tool of the manufacturer)

keep on RAIDing... =)

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