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post #211 of 3344
AsI said in my previous post, I used an ASUS A8n-cm socket 939 MB to flash my M1015, avoiding the problems bomberjim is describing.

If I remember correctly, you need to disable all the obvious boot devices in the ASUS BIOS (usb isn't listed at first) but does work after this.
post #212 of 3344
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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

AsI said in my previous post, I used an ASUS A8n-cm socket 939 MB to flash my M1015, avoiding the problems bomberjim is describing.
If I remember correctly, you need to disable all the obvious boot devices in the ASUS BIOS (usb isn't listed at first) but does work after this.

I do have an Asus A8N-SLI deluxe 939 socket with an old 3800 X2 collecting dust. I also have a few modern LGA1155 boards I could use including the Asrock I will be using for the server. What do you think is the easiest and best ?
post #213 of 3344
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back to this post again:

So for a PSU now..
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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

I don't really think you need that much PSU unless you're adding a beefy graphics card
The 16x20W isn't really accurate, it's more like 16x10W. The 200W for an i7, z77, ddr3, optical, ssd, and fans is pretty high on the estimate as well. Were you doubling everything to shoot for 50%?
I think you're looking at a system that's never going to idle higher than 100W and only pull 200W at full load.
Lot's of people around the web say that startup current with HDDs is the determining factor for PSU sizing, but if you take a look at your UEFI settings in the Asrock extreme4 you will notice that "Staggered HDD Start" is one of the options.
I can understand you wanting to get the PSU now and keeping room for the future.
I say go with the current deal on the MKIII 600W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703036
Or go with the Corsair HX650 (little more expensive, but it's one of their Seasonic units) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012
Also for Sata power, just grab a few of these and you'll be set http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812162011


Thanks on this. I am in line with your thinking but basically just looking for a good deal on the right PSU now. I would like to spend under $100. The other option is to use my current Desktop PSU and use a smaller one on that. If someone knows a good 600+ watt PSU under a $100 with good amount of SATA power let me know please.


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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

NO, just look at the numbers.
http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/psu_reports/PC%20POWER%20&%20COOLING_PPCMK3S600_ECOS%202847_600W_Report.pdf
lets assume you idle at 20% (120 watts) you are going to consume 140 watts of electricity, so the power supply is consuming 20 watts.
20 watts X 720 hours a month = 14.4 Kilowatt hours.
For me that's $1.25 a month, so I might save 75 cents a month if I had a platinum certified power supply.


Thanks again for this intelligent post.

I'm still debating. I think this server will run 24/7 for years in my home. $.75 a month could add up to the difference of a good PSU and a mediocre PSU so I want to get it right the first time. I cut corners on it last time so this is the time to take my time and make a good choice.
I'd love to hear more opinions on the proper balance between gold, bronze, platinum or whatever... vs the price differences in PSU sales prices.
Keep in mind I might grow to 24 HDD's at some point in next couple years...





What do you guys think of the above chart. ??
http://support.asus.com/PowerSupply.aspx?SLanguage=en
I am thinking at some point my desktop CPU and board might become my server so I used a 2600K CPU even though I am using less now. I guess this was offset by only using 10 HDD's since I will really use more than that. Is this Chart over estimating power ?
I thought 650 watts would be enough for a server.

Now I am wondering if I should go with more ???
post #214 of 3344
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Here is the chart Tom's hardware is listing above.

It's making me second guess if I should upgrade the power on the PSU now thinking 6 months or 1-2 years in future when I might have 20-24 HDD's or a more powerful CPU.

Thoughts on bigger now vs replacing later?

If I had an 80+ GOLD 1000watt and only needed 550watts would that kill the efficiency?
post #215 of 3344
I don't follow the suggestions for processor or motherboard

Where is the link?

A 3770k is not going to use more than 77W, and it's probably going to use all 77W for about 0.001% of it's lifetime in a server

A 7 series mobo has a chipset power requirement of 7W, and the whole unit isn't going to be higher than 20W on average. It's up to 40W for some of the high end asus z77 boards. I had a good post on this, I'll have to go digging for it

20-24 HDDs would be 240W max.

I think your whole max usage won't be approaching 550W

Aim max usage at 80% and hope that your idle falls near 20% and you'll be set

Also, a more powerful processor in the future doesn't necessarily equate to a higher power requirement. P4 with hyperthreading at 3.4GHz was rated for 89W. The 3770k runs multiple circles around that for a upper rating of 77W.
post #216 of 3344
Found it http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2858/28/32-intel-z77-motherboards-tested-with-ivy-bridge-processors-energy-consumption

Keep note that the included charts displayed wattage for everything, not just the motherboard

Perfect for you, they used a 3770k
post #217 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

I don't follow the suggestions for processor or motherboard
Where is the link?


Here is the link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-review,2916-7.html

Both Asus and Toms seemed high so that's why I asked.

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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

I don't follow the suggestions for processor or motherboard
A 3770k is not going to use more than 77W, and it's probably going to use all 77W for about 0.001% of it's lifetime in a server
A 7 series mobo has a chipset power requirement of 7W, and the whole unit isn't going to be higher than 20W on average. It's up to 40W for some of the high end asus z77 boards. I had a good post on this, I'll have to go digging for it
20-24 HDDs would be 240W max.
I think your whole max usage won't be approaching 550W
Aim max usage at 80% and hope that your idle falls near 20% and you'll be set
Also, a more powerful processor in the future doesn't necessarily equate to a higher power requirement. P4 with hyperthreading at 3.4GHz was rated for 89W. The 3770k runs multiple circles around that for a upper rating of 77W.

I will probably use my 2600k next when I upgrade my desktop in future. I plan on a Norco 4224 case with 24 HDD's + Fans + Intel NIC card. Probably 2 x8 SATA server cards... plus the 7 SATA on the motherboard.

I would want to buy a PSU now for this intended future use. It does not seem much different than the G860 + 16HDD's I will run now. Perhaps a 100 watts more... to be safe.

You think 650 watts ? Or 750 ? I am thinking 500 is not enough.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264

Thoughts on this PSU? Cheaper than Seasonic and better energy profile than MKIII @ Bronze. Fully modular so less clutter with the video card power cables I do not need.
It's $119 but a little birdie told me Newegg is doing 20% off ROSEWILL PSU's soon...

Or- I use my current 1000watt ROSEWILL lightning (super flower golden green) which is also 80+ gold and modular but more expensive. I could put smaller in my desktop. I am going to remove a video card since I am not gaming as much these days. One video card is fine. I'll sell the other on ebay. I can remove some fans and also most of my HDD's have moved over to the server I did not own when I built and planned the desktop. I'm thinking a 650watt would be good for my desktop and cheaper than buying another 750watt for my server when my desktop is overpowered.

Anyone know how much efficiency is hurt when your over wattage needed? I'd like to match my needs to cut down on electricity. I just think it's a wash as my desktop with video cards propably uses about same power as Server with all those HDD's.

Last monkey wrench: My desktop next year won't be LGA1155. 2013 is time for something better. With that comes more wattage on hexacores.
post #218 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Ok.
Or I could use an H61 Motherboard- or even a socket939 AMD board... if it matters to not have UEFI. My Asrock H61 US3S I think has the newer bios but I am certain my dust collecting A8N-SLI deluxe Asus does not. lol.
I appreciate the insight. Thanks.

I think you misunderstood. As explained in the blog, perhaps 2/3 the way down, this is a procedure to USE UEFI on a motherboard that had failed to update by the other means suggested. UEFI is a good thing, and would quite possibly be an easier method.
post #219 of 3344
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Originally Posted by bomberjim View Post

I think you misunderstood. As explained in the blog, perhaps 2/3 the way down, this is a procedure to USE UEFI on a motherboard that had failed to update by the other means suggested. UEFI is a good thing, and would quite possibly be an easier method.

Ok thanks for the clarification. I thought I was reading that you needed a non UEFI motherboard to do it.
post #220 of 3344
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Originally Posted by bomberjim View Post

The1015 is probably the best deal out there by a long shot. Problem is, when you flash it to IT mode you can run into the “ERROR: Failed to initialize PAL. Exiting program.” problem. This is more likely to occur on newer motherboards as they have optionROM limitations which cause this error. Normally your alternative is to try to flash using another motherboard. Here is an alternative: http://brycv.com/blog/2012/flashing-it-firmware-to-lsi-sas9211-8i/, using the UEFI shell. Your Asrock motherboard has a bios option to exit to EFI shell. Might be a good option for you.

Good point.
post #221 of 3344
Bruce I have no doubts that you flashed the card. All I am saying is your not a SAS9211-8i IT mode using that file.

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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

Andy, look again and you will find that exact zip file in the link I originally provided.
Just as a hint, booting into ESXi 5.1 is done from a USB flash card not the on-board SATA.

OK here it is.
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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

Below is a link to the re-flashing of the IBM M1015 card, thanks to user madburg at lime-technology's unraid forum:
I followed his instructions and used the bat files in the listed downloaded zip file "LSI MegaRAID SAS2008 Controller.zip - 5.32 MB (Windows)"
I used an older ASUS 8n-CM AMD based MB with a usb stick following the instructions in the zip file to flash mine successfully.
Flashing M1015
Lots of good info there for unraid and ESXi installs as well.

"LSI MegaRAID SAS2008 Controller.zip - 5.32 MB (Windows)"

OK lets open it up.



Step 3 -" 3_Flash_to_latest_IR_mode_x64.bat"
Notice how it doesn't say IT mode.
It also doesn't have sas2flsh .exe which is needed to convert from IR mode to IT mode.
post #222 of 3344
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I'm confused now... Lol
post #223 of 3344
Bruce either flashed with a different file or he is in IR mode.
post #224 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Bruce either flashed with a different file or he is in IR mode.

I corrected the info in a later link to identify the P10 zip file
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1) IBM ServeRAID M1015 (tested successfully)

2) Intel RS2WC080 (tested successfully)

Please let me know (PM or post here) what Card you have successfully flashed with the LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008 with the provided zip.

LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P10).zip - 6.38 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)
LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P11).zip - 5.87 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)

Please read the __READMEFIRST.txt file so you are clear as to all the steps and why it is important not to skip any steps.


Converting it follows all details in the post above for the LSI SAS2008 chipset (firmware release, support, etc.)

Some of the contents of that link follow, please note the 2118it.bin file I used
NOTE!! it is not an IR file

The link I pointed to in my previous post

LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P10).zip - 6.38 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)

contains the following files among others (including instructions in pdf files READ THEM!!)

LSIMega.zip
Original _Readme_files
sas2flsh.exe
SBRs
1.bat
2.bat
2118ir.bin
2118it.bin
3.bat
4SHUTDOWN
5IR.bat
5IT.bat
DOS4GW.EXE
empty.bin
MegaCLI.exe
MegaCLI_HELP.log
MegaOem.exe
MegaRec.exe
mptsas2.lbf
mptsas2.rom
Edited by BruceD - 12/4/12 at 8:33am
post #225 of 3344
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So which link should I be using? I believe there was a couple posted previously.
post #226 of 3344
Bruce cleared it up that he didn't use the windows file that he originally stated.

You want to use one of these

LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P10).zip - 6.38 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)
LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P11).zip - 5.87 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)

The one I gave you earlier has the latest P14 firmware, but has no batch files to install it. All commands have to be typed in manually, but it is the same procedure.

I really don't know all the differences or fixes between all the firmwares. You just need P10 or above to support 3TB drives.
Once your in IT mode it is easy to reflash to a different version. It is just going from IR to IT mode that you need to boot to DOS to erase your firmware and the extra step to rewrite your sas address.
post #227 of 3344
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Thanks!

My IBM card arrived tonight. WIsh me luck! I will probably do it tomorrow.

Anyone have idea on a good PSU ? I can use my current one for now.. but it's on the to do list.. for sure.

I have a 750watt OCZ that's crappy and I don't trust. I have a 460 watt coolermaster Elite that's a cheapo too. Both are free.

I have a Rosewill lightning in my desktop I could swap out- or an Antec Neo in my HTPC.

I really need a 80+ Gold 600-750 watt modular under $100.
post #228 of 3344
I flash lots of different cards on an IBM laptop, it has an UEFI bios and it works fine, just have to boot in legacy mode. (used with expresscard to pci-e extender board)

Probably one of the weirdest methods, but it works, portable, quick to set up, both run off a 19V brick and a lot less hassle than pulling something out of the rack just to boot to a DOS prompt.

Bonus points for being able to see all the status/fault LEDs on cards, and read the SAS addresses etc smile.gif

I would follow the guides mobilenvidia wrote.

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I really need a 80+ Gold 600-750 watt modular under $100.

You probably have to give up getting a gold or go lower wattage (500~550) to stay in that price range, unless you get lucky. Seasonic X750 was $100 shipped from newegg during BF week, I jumped on that fast.
post #229 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Aluminum View Post

You probably have to give up getting a gold or go lower wattage (500~550) to stay in that price range, unless you get lucky. Seasonic X750 was $100 shipped from newegg during BF week, I jumped on that fast.

I passed and prob should not have. I was seeing the Rosewill Corsair and the MKIII cheaper with better modular cables. But now everything is more expensive.

I might just end up using my 1000 watt Rosewill Lightning. I might replace that with something smaller.

I am leaning to a Rosewill. Then newegg runs the 25% off they are just the best value period. All are high end OEM made (Superflower/ Seasonic etc)
post #230 of 3344
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Anyone have an opinion on the best server case under $400 ????
post #231 of 3344
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

All cards I mentioned are PCIe 2.0 x8, that works in any PCIe 2.0/3.0 x8/x16 slot that is electrically x8/x16.
These cards use 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS connector (wiki), each of which supports 4 SATA hard disk drives. The other end connector depends on your case/back plate/cage. For example, Norco RPC-4224/RPC-4220 uses 6/5 x SFF-8087 (= 24/20 SATA drives). Or you connect to individual HDDs. Choose:
- SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cable in the first case, e.g. 3ware CBL-SFF8087-05M or Norco C-SFF8087-D
- SFF-8087 to four SATA "forward" breakout cable in the latter case, e.g. 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M (there is also a "reverse" cable, that connects 4 SATA connectors on a HBA to a mni-SAS connector, e.g. connect AOC-SAT-MV8 to RPC-4224; choose "forward" here)

You think the Norco 4220 or 4224 is the best choice? What's the difference? Anything major.

I took a look and have my eye on one- but I am not sure I am quite ready to pull the trigger. I might squeeze a little more out of my full tower ATX case.

But- other side of me says just do it right now and not worry about another rebuild later. Swapping a case is basically building two PC's or servers. It's a lot of work with screw driver.

It appears the 4220 has a 2.5" bay and optical drive bay- while the 4224 gives this up for 4 more HDD's ???

Is that basically the only difference??

I only own 4 2TB drives. The rest are all 3TB. By my math 16 x 3TB is 48 TB. Even if I drop off 3 drive for parity thats near 50 TB of storage in a 20 bay case. I am not sure I need the extra 4 bays of the 4224 at the expense of giving up optical or SSD mounting.

But then again I probably won't use optical- and I could always use a HDD bay for SSD with 2.5" adapter.

Thoughts?
post #232 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Aluminum View Post

I would follow the guides mobilenvidia wrote..

I like mobilenvidia also, That is why I gave the alternative download to unraid one.

his download has the latest firmware. The directions are clearly written.

I really never understood why the unraid batch files have you writing the sas address to the usb, then taking the usb out and reading it on another computer. when the sas address is written right on the card.
post #233 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

I like mobilenvidia also, That is why I gave the alternative download to unraid one.
his download has the latest firmware. The directions are clearly written.
I really never understood why the unraid batch files have you writing the sas address to the usb, then taking the usb out and reading it on another computer. when the sas address is written right on the card.

Ok I am going back through all this about flashing. My card just arrived:




smile.gif


So... I am going to have some questions. I guess I will start with this most recent post and go backwards.

reading the quote above I have a question about the guide you are talking about. You say you like mobilevidia guide... Can you give me a specific link ?

Also you keep mentioning "unraid batch files" and I just want to make sure this is not specific for unraid software- but the unraid of the card as in conversion from RAID to just a SATA port card. Am I correct on that?
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Anyone have an opinion on the best server case under $400 ????

I used to have an opinion about this, not anymore. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

I agree. I paid $79.95 and it came with full size slot adapter backplate.
The Supermicro was actually my first choice but was $144 and back ordered. I was brave. Decided to try flashing it. Hope it's worth the cost savings. If so- I am going to buy another biggrin.gif
As far as the above:
I would run into “ERROR: Failed to initialize PAL. Exiting program.” problem on only a newer motherboard like my Z77 Asrock ??
So should I use an old socket 939 Asus ROG board I have? Or should I just exit to EFI on my Z77 ???
I probably have 10 different motherboards available to me if it mattered- 939, LGA775, H61, Z68, Z77 etc... so I would do whatever is the easiest and best. Advice?

Not necessarily, the error is more likely to occur on newer boards. But, there's no way to tell in advance, even some server boards have had problems at least according to the original thread in the unraid forums. If it were me, I'd use EFI. However this requires additional reading, and downloading different files from the LSI website.
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Ok so- Should I be flashing from WINDOWS or DOS? Advice?
Your going to use DOS. A command prompt in windows won't work. Start by making a DOS USB boot disk.
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I am not good with DOS. Do I need to be good with it to do this ?
NO
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P11 older and p14 newest- Which should I use? I assume the newest?
I always like to have the newest. But I don't think it really matters, for WHS(Windows). I really dont know about other operating systems.
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I am not going to do ESXi yet. I don't know enough about it yet. I might want to do later, especially when I get the 2600K CPU moved into the server and understand what I am doing.
Is there anything I should do now to make it easier later? Does it matter?
I really don't know

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I will write down the SAS address. I do not have a green sticker. The board is green with white stickers.
I think that is the right one. Does it start with 500605b?

Here is the other link.

http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/29059-sas2008-lsi92409211-firmware-files/
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Sooo... I can open the p10zip for 6.38MB and read the PDF file which has the instructions. Just follow those?
And- Should I be using a newer version like the p14 mentioned earlier instead?

You can always upgrade to p14 later if you need to.
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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Did you flash from Windows or DOS?
I could be wrong, It been I while since I flashed. But I remember flashing from DOS from USB stick and using the SAS address on a sticker on the card.
So basically the same link you provided but a couple of lines down. LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P11).rar
P11 is older firmware I believe P14 is the newest.
Here is another link. It doesn't have batch files, you'll have to type the commands in yourself.
http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/29059-sas2008-lsi92409211-firmware-files/



Ok so- Should I be flashing from WINDOWS or DOS? Advice?
I am not good with DOS. Do I need to be good with it to do this ?
P11 older and p14 newest- Which should I use? I assume the newest?


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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

All I can say is that I used the DOS .bat files in the link I provided to Flash my ebay acquired IBM M1015 (with the P10 firmware version on an older ASUS MB) and have subsequently confirmed that a 500GB Seagate drive connected to that card in my ASRock H77 Pro4-M motherboard is now visible in my ESXi 5.1 installation under the Config/Storage section.
Note: The method I used above allows you to flash just the LSI firmware for IT mode and not flash the BIOS, which makes the ESXi boot process a bit quicker.



I am not going to do ESXi yet. I don't know enough about it yet. I might want to do later, especially when I get the 2600K CPU moved into the server and understand what I am doing.
Is there anything I should do now to make it easier later? Does it matter?


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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Looks like you used this one "LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P10).zip - 6.38MB" not the one you stated earlier.
Mfusick
Before you install the card, before you even install the card write the SAS address down, it is on a green sticker.
You might want to disable your on board SATA and NIc before you begin.
You can flash the card with or without a boot rom. If you plan on booting the server with the on board sata, then you don't need it. Or you can flash it and just disable it.
I will write down the SAS address. I do not have a green sticker. The board is green with white stickers.
take a look:






there is one sticker that is sorta green.. well not green but most green of all the not green stickers... lol...


this one?



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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

I believe that is the wrong file to cross flash into a SAS9211-8i IT mode.



A clarification before I do it would be appreciated. My card arrives monday or tuesday... and I will build the server late in the week.


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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

FLASHING IBM M1015 ?????
OK... Another update.
After buying the SAS2LP twice- with it being back ordered I have cancelled both orders and purchased the IBM card on ebay for $80 with the full slot bracket.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=121024400570
I'll flash it to a pure HBA non RAID card. It was about $70 more to get the SAS2LP that was in stock. For that price it's worth the hassle to me.
Anyone ever flashed an IBM M1015 BEFORE ???



Ok- Let's go through all this stuff shall we.



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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

I believe that is the wrong file to cross flash into a SAS9211-8i IT mode.




I have IBM card I linked above. If someone can clarify the appropriate link first again it would be much appreciated. I think two different links were provided. I want to know which one is the right one. We should probably start there.




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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Bruce cleared it up that he didn't use the windows file that he originally stated.
You want to use one of these
LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P10).zip - 6.38 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)
LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P11).zip - 5.87 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)
The one I gave you earlier has the latest P14 firmware, but has no batch files to install it. All commands have to be typed in manually, but it is the same procedure.
I really don't know all the differences or fixes between all the firmwares. You just need P10 or above to support 3TB drives.
Once your in IT mode it is easy to reflash to a different version. It is just going from IR to IT mode that you need to boot to DOS to erase your firmware and the extra step to rewrite your sas address.



I think this answers my previous question. Right?



I do not want p14 firmware because it has no batch files to install it ? I don't want to do it manually.
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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

Below is a link to the re-flashing of the IBM M1015 card, thanks to user madburg at lime-technology's unraid forum:
I followed his instructions and used the bat files in the listed downloaded zip file "LSI MegaRAID SAS2008 Controller.zip - 5.32 MB (Windows)"
I used an older ASUS 8n-CM AMD based MB with a usb stick following the instructions in the zip file to flash mine successfully.
Flashing M1015
Lots of good info there for unraid and ESXi installs as well.



I have been searching around and reading all your links. Keep them coming. I plan to learn as much as I can in next 24 hours before I flash it.



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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

I corrected the info in a later link to identify the P10 zip file
Some of the contents of that link follow, please note the 2118it.bin file I used
NOTE!! it is not an IR file
The link I pointed to in my previous post
LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P10).zip - 6.38 MB (DOS, via bootable usb key)
contains the following files among others (including instructions in pdf files READ THEM!!)
LSIMega.zip
Original _Readme_files
sas2flsh.exe
SBRs
1.bat
2.bat
2118ir.bin
2118it.bin
3.bat
4SHUTDOWN
5IR.bat
5IT.bat
DOS4GW.EXE
empty.bin
MegaCLI.exe
MegaCLI_HELP.log
MegaOem.exe
MegaRec.exe
mptsas2.lbf
mptsas2.rom


Sooo... I can open the p10zip for 6.38MB and read the PDF file which has the instructions. Just follow those?

And- Should I be using a newer version like the p14 mentioned earlier instead?


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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Bruce either flashed with a different file or he is in IR mode.




What is the difference between IR mode and IT mode ?




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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Bruce I have no doubts that you flashed the card. All I am saying is your not a SAS9211-8i IT mode using that file.
OK here it is.
"LSI MegaRAID SAS2008 Controller.zip - 5.32 MB (Windows)"
OK lets open it up.

Step 3 -" 3_Flash_to_latest_IR_mode_x64.bat"
Notice how it doesn't say IT mode.
It also doesn't have sas2flsh .exe which is needed to convert from IR mode to IT mode.



So then... Is that not the right way to do it ?



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I think you misunderstood. As explained in the blog, perhaps 2/3 the way down, this is a procedure to USE UEFI on a motherboard that had failed to update by the other means suggested. UEFI is a good thing, and would quite possibly be an easier method.




So then I should use UEFI as my first choice? Or default to it if it fails the other first ?


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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

AsI said in my previous post, I used an ASUS A8n-cm socket 939 MB to flash my M1015, avoiding the problems bomberjim is describing.
If I remember correctly, you need to disable all the obvious boot devices in the ASUS BIOS (usb isn't listed at first) but does work after this.




So I disable all the boot devices in bios ? Like optical, HDD, LAN and USB ???
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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Your going to use DOS. A command prompt in windows won't work. Start by making a DOS USB boot disk.


I think that is the right one. Does it start with 500605b?
Here is the other link.
http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/29059-sas2008-lsi92409211-firmware-files/

Big thanks !!!

Yes it starts with 500605B.

Thank you for the link.

Last- How should I make a DOS boot USB stick ?
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