Please help with Mac Pro (early 08) and Highpoint 4310

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by peterltralf, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. peterltralf macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a Mac Pro from early 2008, dual processor, dual core 2.8GHz, 10GB RAM, Snow Leopard (10.6.8). It came with the Mac Pro Raid card (late 2007) with a battery that never charges ("battery is precharging and can't be read") and refuses to do RAID because of it. I have two 300GB 15K SAS drives (st3300655ss).

    I got a Highpoint 4310 RAID card and the MaxUpgrades extension (MaxConnect SAS/SATA Link with Multilane MiniSAS- MiniSAS Cable #SZ-DCMSAS-R2MS) that allows the cable that goes to the drive backplane to reach the Highpoint card.

    I removed the Mac Pro RAID card and plugged the MiniSAS cable that used to go into it into the MacConnect extension and plugged the cable from that into the 4310.

    I powered it all up and all that happens is that the red LED's on the memory boards flash continuously and the fan goes to maximum. There's no chime. I disassembled it all, put the Mac Raid Pro back in, and it's all fine again except I still can't get RAID to work.

    I would be very very grateful for any help. Ideally, it would involve use of the 4310 but if you just tell me where to get a decent battery for the &^%$* Mac Pro RAID card (late 2007), that'd be helpful too.

    Thanks!

    Weary Peter in Toronto
     
  2. peterltralf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    4310 works but can't manage it to configure RAID

    Hi,

    I configured a USB drive to boot Snow Leopard and now my 4310 sees the SAS drives and makes them available to the Mac Pro (it appears to be functioning simply as a SCSI controller) but I can't connect via http://localhost:7402 to configure them for RAID.

    Any ideas?

    Peter, encouraged
     
  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    What are you doing for drivers?

    I ask, as the RR4310 isn't listed on hptmac.com, or have OS X drivers on their main site (closest is the 4321). Since the 4321 uses drivers already in SL, then it seems you've proven they won't work with the 4310. :(

    But if you can return the 4310, I'd recommend getting a different card. Either an Areca or ATTO (the Apple RAID Pro is a pile of junk, so it's best to just switch it for a better card). BTW, Areca and ATTO both work with OS X, and will also boot once the firmware has been flashed with EFI firmware that's available.
     

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