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PCI-E Bus Errors Reported Against QLogic 8 Gigabit/Second PCI-E Dual Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) Part Number 371-4325-02 (Doc ID 1614962.1)

Last updated on JULY 25, 2018

Applies to:

SPARC T5-8 - Version All Versions and later
SPARC T5-4 - Version All Versions and later
SPARC T5-2 - Version All Versions and later
SPARC T4-1 - Version All Versions and later
SPARC T3-1 - Version All Versions and later
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)

Goal

PCI-E bus errors were encountered during testing of the QLogic 8 Gigabit/Second PCI-E Dual Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) Part Number 371-4325-02 with SPARC T5-4 / SPARC T5-8 servers. Firmware preload table version 2.5.4 was created to force the HBA to negotiate to PCI-E generation 1 speed 2.5GT versus the PCI-E generation 2 speed 5.0GT in order to work around the compatibility issue.

Rather than make firmware preload table version 2.5.4 available as download, which was how similar issues were handled with prior platforms, the SPARC T5 platform team chose to only have the firmware preload table updated on the HBA in the factory under a new part number 7076907. This decision unnecessarily prevents any part number 371-4325-02 HBAs in customer stock for use in SPARC T5-4 / SPARC T5-8 servers.

The procedure below can be used to update the QLogic 8 Gigabit/Second PCI-E Dual Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) Part Number 371-4325-02 firmware preload table to version 2.5.4 in order to force the HBA to negotiate to PCI-E generation 1 speed 2.5GT and make the HBA compatible with SPARC T5-4 / SPARC T5-8 servers.

Preload table version 2.5.4 can be applied to QLogic 8 Gigabit/Second PCI-E Dual Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) Part Number 371-4325-02 installed in any server platform which has negotiated to PCI-E generation 2 speed 5.0GT and encounters PCI-E bus related errors similar to the following:

fault.io.pciex.device-pcie-ce
fault.io.pciex.bus-linkerr-corr

Solution

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