esxi 5.5 issues w megaraid. hba isnt working on new mobo?


Jul 20, 2011
I had to replace the motherboard on my home server, the old one did not survive a hard power cut that happened.

It was an AMD 880 now its a 990(gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 to be exact)

so it boots up fine but I have lost my storage

I have a LSI Megaraid M1105

I have this in logs:
pci: driver megaraid_sas probe failed for device

all my datastores are on the megaraid so I got nothing!

any suggestions on sorting this out?
I'll also add that it spends a pretty long amount of time trying to work with it. 10+ minute boot time
Do you mean the iBM ServeRAID M1015 cross-flashed to LSI?

I have a M1015 on my 990FXA-UD5, have had ESXi 5.0/5.5/6.0 and no issues at all.

Did you test the M1015 to ensure it didn't get fried with your old motherboard?
it shows up in BIOS fine, and see the drives as they were configured.

yeah thats the card I have.

It almost looks like esxi doesnt know what to do with the card?
The M1115 is well supported in ESXi so it can't be a driver thing.

Which UD3 did you get? Rev. 3 is UEFI, maybe that's messing with ESXi - my UD5 is still legacy BIOS.
so I set it for passthrough and rebooted and it doesnt show up for passthrough, but is available to configure for it, of course.

Not promising...

~ # esxcfg-scsidevs -a
vmhba0 ahci link-n/a sata.vmhba0 (0:0:17.0) ATI Technologies Inc SB700 SATA Controller [AHCI Mode]
vmhba1 pata_atiixp link-n/a ide.vmhba1 (0:0:20.1) ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller
vmhba32 ahci link-n/a sata.vmhba32 (0:0:17.0) ATI Technologies Inc SB700 SATA Controller [AHCI Mode]
vmhba33 ahci link-n/a sata.vmhba33 (0:0:17.0) ATI Technologies Inc SB700 SATA Controller [AHCI Mode]
vmhba34 ahci link-n/a sata.vmhba34 (0:0:17.0) ATI Technologies Inc SB700 SATA Controller [AHCI Mode]
vmhba35 pata_atiixp link-n/a ide.vmhba35 (0:0:20.1) ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller

I moved the slot it was on from a PCIE x16 to a x4(its a x4 card and I put in a x16 gpu this morning while I had it open

esxi is booting from a USB drive

i have a PCI and a PCI dual port intel nic, a gtx460 now installed(since i was playing with it) and a PCI gpu I use for console access.

I set it to use legacy bios and hasnt seemed to fix the issue, it atleast was still booting slow and sticking on the sas probe.
Do you have another computer to plug in the M1115 card just for testing purposes in another OS?
yeah, I beleive I do. I can probably test that tomorrow night. I assume to just see if it shows up in the OS as if its working?

here are logs from boot about the megaraid:
2016-03-29T20:41:25.625Z cpu5:33433)Loading module megaraid_sas ...

2016-03-29T20:41:25.626Z cpu5:33433)Elf: 1861: module megaraid_sas has license GPL

2016-03-29T20:41:25.628Z cpu5:33433)module heap vmklnx_megaraid_sas: creation succeeded. id = 0x410a52a43000

2016-03-29T20:41:25.628Z cpu5:33433)<6>megasas: 6.605.00.00.1vmw

2016-03-29T20:41:25.628Z cpu5:33433)PCI: driver megaraid_sas is looking for devices

<6>megasas: 0x1000:0x73:0x1014:0x40d: 2016-03-29T20:41:25.628Z cpu5:33433)domain 0 bus 5:slot 0:func 0

megasas_init_mfi: Line 4363: skinny Template. instance->pdev->device = 0x732016-03-29T20:41:25.628Z cpu5:33433)megasas: FW now in Ready state

2016-03-29T21:03:13.457Z cpu0:33433)<3>megaraid_sas(1280): Could get controller info.Fail from megasas_init_adapter_mfi 4276

2016-03-29T21:03:13.457Z cpu0:33433)WARNING: vmklinux: pci_announce_device:1488: PCI: driver megaraid_sas probe failed for device 0000:05:00.0

2016-03-29T21:03:13.457Z cpu0:33433)PCI: driver megaraid_sas claimed 0 device

2016-03-29T21:03:13.457Z cpu0:33433)Mod: 4780: Initialization of megaraid_sas succeeded with module ID 4172.

2016-03-29T21:03:13.457Z cpu0:33433)megaraid_sas loaded successfully.