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That's how I installed WHS

Your right I don't need it. I have two on my desktop. I was just thinking three at a time ripping would be cool. .

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Anyone use the SSD cache feature of Z77 or Z68 ???

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So I been trying to flash another IBM card and I get all sorts of odd errors. I am using the same machine I used for the previous.

I can not get step 1 to do anything.
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Once you have booted successfully to DOS using your bootable USB stick and are seeing C:\
Type: megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
Type: megarec -cleanflash 0 [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
REBOOT MANUALLY and boot back to USB stick
Type: sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin -b mptsas2.rom (sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin if OptionROM is not needed) [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
Type: sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address) [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
REBOOT MANUALLY and boot back to USB stick
Now you're Done!
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Convert LSI9240(IBM M1015) to a LSI9211-IT mode
Type in the following exactly:
megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin
megarec -cleanflash 0

sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin -b mptsas2.rom (sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin if OptionROM is not needed)
sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address)

Done!

It just sits there.

I originally did step 1 on another motherboard and then went to this one for later steps after error.

I wonder if this machine won't do step 1 or if I have done something wrong. I can boot to USB C command prompt (DOS) just fine. It appears all my files are on the USB stick.

But all it does is sit there.

hmmm.....

I might go try to find yet another PC. frown.gif

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I heard UEFI can cause problems with flashing. Try a PC with a non-UEFI BIOS.
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So I been trying to flash another IBM card and I get all sorts of odd errors. I am using the same machine I used for the previous.

I can not get step 1 to do anything.
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Once you have booted successfully to DOS using your bootable USB stick and are seeing C:\
Type: megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
Type: megarec -cleanflash 0 [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
REBOOT MANUALLY and boot back to USB stick
Type: sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin -b mptsas2.rom (sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin if OptionROM is not needed) [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
Type: sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address) [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
REBOOT MANUALLY and boot back to USB stick
Now you're Done!
Quote:
Convert LSI9240(IBM M1015) to a LSI9211-IT mode
Type in the following exactly:
megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin
megarec -cleanflash 0

sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin -b mptsas2.rom (sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin if OptionROM is not needed)
sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address)

Done!

It just sits there.

I originally did step 1 on another motherboard and then went to this one for later steps after error.

I wonder if this machine won't do step 1 or if I have done something wrong. I can boot to USB C command prompt (DOS) just fine. It appears all my files are on the USB stick.

But all it does is sit there.

hmmm.....

I might go try to find yet another PC. frown.gif




Any ideas?

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I heard UEFI can cause problems with flashing. Try a PC with a non-UEFI BIOS.

I know.

I am on this old pig HP Athlon 6000 X2 939. It's a slob... certainly not UEFI.

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What software did you use to make your flash drive DOS bootable?
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same one I used to make it last time. Link early in this thread:

I guess I could always try again.

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I am thinking it is the PC. I used another PC for the first two steps and this PC for the last step after failure. It makes no sense but .. no clue.

I might try to go to my office and grab another machine. Or bring the card there and try it out. I have a socket 775 core 2 that should work good.

This process seems highly dependent on compatible hardware.

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what type of motherboards have you guys used to flash the IBM?

Do you think an core2 duo will work? About to give it another try now.

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Your talking about this right ?

Yes, This is how mine is configured. If you flash without a boot rom. You wouldn't even be able to get to this screen
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If you will never boot off of the IBM card you really don't need it.
I went ahead and flashed it, but I have it disabled, Later on if I decide I want to boot off of it I can just turn it on.



Your talking about this right ?

So.. On this new IBM card I can not even get to this screen above^. I do not even remember how to get there.

CNTL H and CNTR Y work.. and bring me to these screens:

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I rebooted and into the card with CONTROL H

I get this :

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If I click on controller properties I get this:



So I am wondering.. perhaps this card does not have an option ROM?

Is there anything specific I should do before flashing this new card?

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what type of motherboards have you guys used to flash the IBM?

Do you think an core2 duo will work? About to give it another try now.

I flashed mine with a old dell optiplex C2D system and it worked fine.
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Any ideas?

I've never flashed one and I'm not sure if it matters, but the instructions read
Code:
megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin

The screenshot you posted looks like you're typing
Code:
megarec writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin
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Lol.. yeah I had tried a couple times and caught that myself^

Nice catch!!

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Ok so after trying 4 different machines I finally and successfully flashed the card!



I will try to put together a full guide since this is the third time I have done it and each time I've ran into a different issue that is a total PITA.
It's mostly hardware related it appears though. I thought I bricked this thing twice eek.gif but in the end I won. biggrin.gif

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I'm glad mine went through without a hitch with my C2D machine.

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Guide to Flash IBM 1015 to IT mode [Converting an LSI9240(IBM M1015) to a LSI9211-IT mode]


First make a USB bootable stick so you can boot into DOS command prompt.
You can do so easily here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/46707-ms-dos-bootable-flash-drive-create.html


Once you have that you need to copy the files onto the USB stick so you can reflash your IBM card with them.
First download from here:

http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/29059-sas2008-lsi92409211-firmware-files/

first do this:



Inside the folder looks like this:



then inside that looks like this:



This ^ above is what you want on your USB stick. It is really all you should see since the OS files for DOS are hidden and do not show.

Hardware matters: (make sure you have x8 slot and speed)
Find an older motherboard without modern graphical BIOS for best results, and make sure the board your using can run x8 in the slot the card is installed into. If you have a choice install the IBM 1015 into the top or first slot for best results. Many motherboards have multiple x8 or x16 slots (I used x16 just like a video card would) since x8 cards fit perfectly into x16 video card slots with simply extra room unused in the x16 slot. Caution: Many motherboards with video cards will not run x8 speed when a x16 video card is also installed. You’ll need a fairly high end motherboard to have such features if your boards are older. Otherwise a motherboard without a video card is preferable IMO. I used an Asus LGA775 ROG Deluxe with a Core2duo E8500 in it. Being a ROG board it could run x8 speed on the second slot and I flashed the card successfully from beginning to end using this board after failing on several others.


The next step is to boot up into DOS (command prompt)

Once you have booted successfully to DOS using your bootable USB stick and are seeing C:\
Type: megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]





Type: megarec -cleanflash 0 [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
REBOOT MANUALLY and boot back to USB stick







Type: sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin -b mptsas2.rom (sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin if OptionROM is not needed) [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
*note it is a o and not a 0 (it is not a zero)
** You probably do not want an OPTION ROM unless your going to boot from it. It is safer and smarter to not use OPTION ROM and to use your OS drive from a motherboard SATA port IMO. Having no option ROM also allows you to just quickly boot up when restarting and there is not screen in boot up for your IBM card. I like it this way.






Type: sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address) [hit enter]
[The system will do a bunch of things and come back to C:\]
*There is a green (almost white) Sticker on your card with this address.
**it is a o and not an 0 (not a zero but a letter)
***There should be no spaces and no dashes when entering in the sasadd number even though they are on the sticker and card.



REBOOT MANUALLY and boot back to USB stick
Now you're Done!







I have expanded this:
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Convert LSI9240(IBM M1015) to a LSI9211-IT mode
Type in the following exactly:
megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin
megarec -cleanflash 0

sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin -b mptsas2.rom (sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin if OptionROM is not needed)
sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address)

Done!

I thought this^ above was a little less clear so I provided the extra in the steps above for basic help so a newbie will know what to do without making the mistakes that are common.

That is basically all it takes. It takes about 10 minutes total assuming you have compatible hardware. If you do not have compatible hardware your will see errors or not the screens above with "success" after each step.


If you see these screens or anything other than the ones I put above each step it probably means your motherboard your using is not a good choice. I'd suggest finding another one and trying again from the first step. I messed up a bunch of times everytime I have flashed one of these and it always turned out great in the end. I'm not sure you can even brick a card. I think you could wipe it clean and flash it even if you did. But YMMV so be careful and follow the steps exactly.





good luck!
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Bookmarked the post. Excellent guide. It'll come in handy when I get my M1015. One question however. For the last step after the flashing is done, is it necessary to boot into the USB? I can just boot into Windows right?
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Bookmarked the post. Excellent guide. It'll come in handy when I get my M1015. One question however. For the last step after the flashing is done, is it necessary to boot into the USB? I can just boot into Windows right?

I guess so. I don't see why not. I skipped it myself wink.gif
That was just a copy paste from the original and common instructions on how to do it.
My goal was just expanding the simple instructions for clarity.

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The funny thing to me was I first tried using the same machine I used last time to flash mine. And it would not work. I think the hardware might be bad though.
Last time I used a socket 939 Athlon A8N-SLI Deluxe.. for steps 1 and 2 but when it failed I switched to an HP machine with integrated graphics and finally finishes steps 3 and 4.

The entire process with screen shots was earlier in this thread.

This time I went to that machine that worked to finish my card last time and I could not get step 1 to work. So I brought the card to work today with me and did it in my office. I choose a crappy HP slimline pig that is thinking it would work.
I chose this PC because it seems like a good choice, and I could take it apart and it would not disrupt the office much. It's only used by a girl that works part time once a week so I could mess it all up and not have to fix it right away tongue.gif


















So finally I ended up using another office PC that actually used to be my main gaming machine back in the day. It's a socket 775 CORE2 DUO E8500 @ 3.16ghz on Asus MAXIMUS FORMULA ROG motherboard. It was good stuff back in the day I bought it when it first came out and cost more than an i7 today. I use if for excel and MS word today biggrin.gif You can see below I ripped out the stock sound card when I did it. It was in an x1 slot and came with the motherboard. I also unplugged my SSD drive from the mobo, and disabled the LAN and everything else I could disable in BIOS before I flashed. That's smart advice. After I was done I just clicked load defaults and plugged the SSD back in and also back in the sound card. I had to leave my video card in because I don't have integrated graphics on this machine. I think it has a 5770 Radeon in it. I run dual monitors but don't really do any gaming at my office.

Shown below:






It ended up working perfectly from step 1 to step 4 even though I tried on 3 other machines first and got different errors on each one.

I would use a socket 775 machine first choice next time for sure. I've seen tons of reports of them working.

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Looks like you left out the Paypal button rolleyes.gif

lol.

I am actually going to do a full "HOW TO BUILD A HIGH VALUE MEDIA SERVER" thread from this build. I am almost done with it.


Working on it as we speak:





Ignore the video card... that is for something else biggrin.gif


I needed to get the card flashed to finish it up and I have been failing hard @ that. I tried flashing it at home with 2 different machines and failed. Then failed on the first 3 machines I used in my office. I hate failing.




well... perhaps not that bad^


lol.

But my 4th try was easy as pie biggrin.gif

I should have this server build done this weekend. Once done I'll find some time to make a real guide based on what I have learned here on AVS. It's my way of giving back to AVS community that has taught me so much.
I am undecided on if I should edit this thread and just make it the first post- and then link to the end for supplements or just start a whole new thread. This one is already rolling and has tons of info I feel might get left out, but at the same time it's nice to have a nice neat neat new thread.

What you guys think ? (both ? end of this and a whole new let them fight it out? )


BTW: you were lucky yours worked so well flashing. I am sure you experience as just like mine on my 4th machine. lol. really easy once I got the machine that worked.
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Is it just me or have there been more server posts than HTPC posts here lately? Or maybe I just only click on the server related ones... There just isn't as much to play with hardware-wise on a HTPC since the iGPUs started to play HD audio and the video was good enough for 3D 1080p. With a server you can just keep upgrading and adding things.

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lol.

I am actually going to do a full "HOW TO BUILD A HIGH VALUE MEDIA SERVER" thread from this build. I am almost done with it.


Working on it as we speak

It will be free btw.... biggrin.gif

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Is it just me or have there been more server posts than HTPC posts here lately? Or maybe I just only click on the server related ones... There just isn't as much to play with hardware-wise on a HTPC since the iGPUs started to play HD audio and the video was good enough for 3D 1080p. With a server you can just keep upgrading and adding things.

No it is not you.

This is an exploding market. Almost anyone with an HTPC gets into the issue and question "what do to about storage"

It's unrealistic to expect a single HDD to do it all like in the past days. And there is just so much advantage to having a home server that extends beyond simple storage.

Last,

Moving the storage outside your HTPC allows you to have content everywhere, and also build smaller, cheaper HTPC's that run cooler and quieter.

HTPC + Media server is really the ultimate solution. I think the HTPC is getting pretty simple and many of the current HTPC owners are now looking to build a media server which can be more complicated and trickier to set up when you start talking about software RAID, drive pooling, flashing SATA cards and such crazy things.

It's not really harder in hindsight, but hindsight is always 20/20. I started this thread with much less knowledge than I have now building my 4th media server. It's fun to me. I must be crazy but I guess this is my new hobby.
It used to be home theater but that got boring when I wised up to the fact what I want is $250k+ (new construction, ground up- sound treated and optimized from the start. 30feet long... stadium seating- bar in the back. 4k display, 11.2 etc..)
I just simply can not afford to build a new house and theater (even though it is my dream). Perhaps someday. You need to dream. biggrin.gif It is good for you.

I just turned 35 this month so I am getting to old for my old hobby motocross, and for some reason I slowed down playing guitar. I have always been a PC enthusiast, and a home theater enthusiast so home theater + PC = natural fit for me.
I might be weird but I like building this crap, and organizing my media. Of coarse picking out a movie for movie night last night and showing off my server and HTPC to guests was pretty fun too wink.gif My friend and family are just blow away; but the problem is few are smart enough or willing to take the road I have taken to make it all happen at the level I have. There is certainly a learning curve in this hobby, that is far beyond the cost of entry. It's cheaper for the hardware than the software + learning how to set it up IMO. Hardware is easiest part.

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Hardware is easiest part.

For sure.
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Its one of those things if you know how to do it then it is very easy.... but if you don't then it is very frustrating with many areas for mistakes.

I could build a server in my sleep or set up an HTPC- but when I started out that is not so much true. I've got countless hours into learning though. Not everyone has the hours to spare.
You certainly have to enjoy it at a basic hobby level to get anywhere and I am not sure that is very common. Perhaps you and I do... but your average joe- no way.

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This thread should really get stickied.
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Its one of those things if you know how to do it then it is very easy.... but if you don't then it is very frustrating with many areas for mistakes.

I could build a server in my sleep or set up an HTPC- but when I started out that is not so much true. I've got countless hours into learning though. Not everyone has the hours to spare.
You certainly have to enjoy it at a basic hobby level to get anywhere and I am not sure that is very common. Perhaps you and I do... but your average joe- no way.

Yes, I remember fondly when you first started out here and our first *ahem* interaction. wink.gif
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This thread should really get stickied.

I am not sure how that happens. If I transform it into a guide perhaps.

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I am not sure how that happens. If I transform it into a guide perhaps.

I'm not sure how this happens or *if* it will ever happen anymore according to a discussion in this post from a while back LINK (Also, I thought the preference for wikis to stickies was a great idea that would be nice to see as an option sometime later on)

While guides are time consuming, the end result is much easier for others to digest. If I hadn't followed this thread all along I'd be completely unaware of it's contents and I'd also be unlikely to glean anything from the content being scattered among 15 pages out of laziness (I'd just keep going back to google, seek and destroy style until I pinpointed the info I was looking for)
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