Considering Apple RAID card? Read this first!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kittiyut, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. kittiyut macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2007
    If you have it, your computer won't properly "sleep". When I put my computer to sleep, the monitor turns off but the case fan doesn't. The light above the power switch does not "slowly blink" indicating the computer is sleeping. I tried everything (including post questions on this forum), in the end I brought it in to an Apple store. They did every test and end up calling the engineers at HQ and was told that the RAID card is not "energy star" compliant and since it was meant for servers - it won't let the computer go to sleep. I brought the machine in the morning and got it back in the afternoon. They also tested my 3rd party RAM and HDs - so there you go, they won't refuse to touch your machine if you have 3rd party parts inside. Here's a quick summary of drawbacks:

    1. Prevents MP from sleeping properly
    2. You can not do BOOT CAMP! (no drivers as of yet)
    3. No eSATA ports
    4. Will block eSATA cables from going behind HD brackets (if you're thinking of utilizing the ODD to hook up external SATA devices)
    5. Pricy!

    If anyone has an APPLE RAID card installed and can properly sleep their MP, please let me know!!!

  2. Virtuoso macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2008
    6. Reconditions the battery every so often, fully discharging it and then recharging it which can take up to 15 hours, during which time the performance of the RAID is compromised.

    I sent mine back.
  3. kittiyut thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2007
    Thanks for #6 totally forgot about that one!
    Unfortunately, I can't send mine back as it was part of BTO :mad:
  4. bankshot macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2003
    Southern California
    Sounds very similar to the third-party SATA card I have in my old Power Mac G4. Won't allow the machine to sleep -- or more accurately, won't allow the machine to wake up from sleep. But that's ok with me, as I pretty much run it 24/7 as a server.
  5. PowerMike G5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    New York, NY
    I suppose you can sell it here.

    I have the RAID card myself,, and I have the sleeping problem as well.

    But otherwise from that, I love it.
  6. mgsarch macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    So many of us have the sleeping problem without the RAID card too. (me included ...)

    Other than being a broken feature, I really don't care that much. I've turned off sleep on every computer anyway. It's never caused me problems.

    Does it really have tangible benefits?

    The biggest issue for me is the ODD eSATA issue. So lame that Apple makes those interfaces so disagreeable when the ports should really be built in to the case.

    .... back to my drawing board
  7. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    What issue?
  8. rtrt, Mar 23, 2008
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