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post #331 of 3345
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I am about to go get a 5200X2 athlon HP with integrated video... and pop it into that motherboard slot and try it.

My Asus does not have integrated video and I think your right the specs say x16 and x1.
post #332 of 3345
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Lucky I have all these PC's laying around. I am sure this is not something for a "normal" person to do ...
post #333 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

ok..
I am seeing :

I NEED LEVEL 2 !!!!

Sorry I can't help. I've flashed twice and on two different boards and never needed level 2
post #334 of 3345
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Gonna try my 3rd mobo... wish me luck.


post #335 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

Sorry I can't help. I've flashed twice and on two different boards and never needed level 2

You help was much appreciated.

I'll figure it out.

Looks like this is a common problem.

I do have a board that might work better.

if not- I'll try my H61 Asrock in my server (that is being replaced)

If that does not work I'll grab my LGA775 Core2 Asus ROG from my office PC... Or the ECS H61.... from another office PC.

I refuse to fail.
post #336 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Gonna try my 3rd mobo... wish me luck.

I love it.

They thought I was crazy when I did this.
Yep, the server is in the cold air return.
post #337 of 3345
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Oh.. My server and Desktop are on the other side... not in the picture. Those are up and running.

I am typing this on my desktop. My server is next to it on floor. It's 20TB are streaming a movie. My wife is watching POLTERGIEST with her sister... in the living room from the Dedicated HTPC.

It's a sickness. These two old pigs are just laying around. I inherited this HP from my mom when I built and gave her my old HTPC for a daily driver. It was a G630 + Z68 Asrock 8GB DDR and SSD. It was light years faster than her HP with a spinner HDD.

But luckily.. and hopefully that old pig will save me tonight with this IBM card. It's got integrated graphics.. so i am hoping the x16 slot will work to flash.
post #338 of 3345
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It never ends...

Ok.. so I tried this third motherboard and I get this:




Is is an o and not a 0 ? As in a letter and not the number zero ???
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Originally Posted by kapone View Post

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!

I guess I will try the letter now...
post #339 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post


double check all of your typing before hitting enter. And watch the o's and 0's

You told me so... But I listen like poop
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sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address)

Do I put them with spaces ???

post #342 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

You told me so... But I listen like poop

I'm going to have to give this one to Bruce, If you used batch files, you wouldn't of had a typo
post #343 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

sas2flsh -o -sasadd 500605bxxxxxxxxx (x= numbers for SAS address)
Do I put them with spaces ???

no spaces and no dashes
post #344 of 3345
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post #345 of 3345
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Well.. That certainly was an adventure....

But in retrospect it was not hard. Just the compatibility of hardware was near non existent. I should have used this original motherboard the first time and it would have taken 10 minutes and 4 commands.

But- I guess that's just my luck
post #346 of 3345
Do you think Assassin has enough to write his guide or shall we do it again?
post #347 of 3345
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I think I could write the guide for him... haha.

Would be glad to do.

I am probably going to do a personal server guide. Just really a post about my server build... .

Tomorrow I am going to swap my desktop case. (COSMOS II) and start on the server. I want to get the new one up and running before I take down the old one. Then I will just add the drives.
I have a silverstone HTPC case that I am going to take the old server (Asrock + G630) and make a HTPC for my brother for an Xmas present.

I am looking forward to adding my 4 seagate 3TB drives sitting here.

I need storage bad. I got about 500GB left on my current server.
post #348 of 3345
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Very Big Thank you to everyone that provided help and input!
post #349 of 3345
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On side note: These things get very hot!!!

It was hot all three times I took it out of each PC. Including now after it was finished flashing.

They always run this hot ???

The heatsink almost burns you. Wondering if I need a PCI card fan to cool this puppy.
post #350 of 3345
Mine runs pretty warm. Not as hot as the Ceton in the HTPC

I've never had a problem with it. I think it burns around 17 watts. I would have to look it up.
Edited by Andy_Steb - 12/7/12 at 9:30pm
post #351 of 3345
Sorry Mfusick, I was busy with other things and didn't login into AVS till now. All sorted out?
post #352 of 3345
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Originally Posted by kapone View Post

Sorry Mfusick, I was busy with other things and didn't login into AVS till now. All sorted out?

YEAH I DID I THINK.


I need to test it today. But it appeared to finish all the flash steps and confirm success on the screen.

I have not booted into the card. Yet. But I think it's ok. I first try my Asus A8N- but it appears to run x16 and x1 or x8 and x8. My card was running x16 so I believe the IBM card was getting x1. This caused problems. My board did not have integrated graphics so I could not remove the card.


Then--- I hooked up my Rosewill PSU, installed a CPU, slapped in some DDR3 ram and tried my Asrock Z77. Unlike the two previous Asrocks- This motherboard did not have any power on buttons on the motherboard so I very easily opened the Silverstone HTPC case I had- and just ran the power LED header switches so I could turn it on and off easily. I never bothered installing the motherboard- I just let it hang open on the counter.

That worked to fix my original issue- that failed (Step 2) I basically started all over and got to step 3. Then I got the FAILED PAL thing. of coarse it was new mobo with new bios.

So --- then I went and got an old HP Athlon X2 5000 machine that actually had integrated graphics. I popped the IBM card into that.. and it did not fail the PAL thing. I completed the flashing. It looks good.


In retrospect- It would have been smarter and easier to just use that machine the first time. Would have taken me only ten minutes.
post #353 of 3345
WHS should find the card and has drivers for it.

If you want the latest drivers they are on your usb stick
post #354 of 3345
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Awesome !! So just slap it into the x8 or x16 slot and go right ???

I plan on building the new server with OS only... installing WHS2011 (gotta go find my disc) and flexraid. Getting that up and running with no HDD's. Once everything is installed and updated and stable I plan to add in the HDDs on motherboard sata ports and the IBM card. Should I install the card then plug in the HDD's to it ?? Or does it not matter ?
post #355 of 3345
Congrats, sounds like it was successful. I can confirm what Andy said, WHS finds the card and already has functioning drivers.
post #356 of 3345
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Thanks!

I swapped my desktop case yesterday so I should be able to post some early pics is server build soon
post #357 of 3345
In my server, I put the M1015 HBA in my AsRock H77 Pro4-M MB's video card PCIe slot , the PCIe 3.0x16 slot.

If I end up putting a video card in the PCIe 3.0x16 slot, how well will the HBA work in PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4) slot ?

Currently running ESXi, WHS2011, win7 with Media Center (i5-3550 CPU with HD-2500), and will have an HD Homerun Prime next week to connect.

My MB's expansion slots:

PCI Express 3.0 x16
qty = 1

PCI Express 2.0 x16
qty = 2 (x1, x4)

PCI Express x1
qty = 1
post #358 of 3345
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I would think any x16 slot would allow perfect x8 for the IBM card. So it comes down to your motherboard and what it does.

Sounds like a ReneTHX question...
post #359 of 3345
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Originally Posted by BruceD View Post

In my server, I put the M1015 HBA in my AsRock H77 Pro4-M MB's video card PCIe slot , the PCIe 3.0x16 slot.
If I end up putting a video card in the PCIe 3.0x16 slot, how well will the HBA work in PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4) slot ?
Currently running ESXi, WHS2011, win7 with Media Center (i5-3550 CPU with HD-2500), and will have an HD Homerun Prime next week to connect.
My MB's expansion slots:
PCI Express 3.0 x16
qty = 1
PCI Express 2.0 x16
qty = 2 (x1, x4)
PCI Express x1
qty = 1

You will cut the bandwidth in half. Down to 2000MB/s I believe. You shouldn't get close to bottle-necking in IT mode with a bunch of green drives.
post #360 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb View Post

You will cut the bandwidth in half. Down to 2000MB/s I believe. You shouldn't get close to bottle-necking in IT mode with a bunch of green drives.

Probably not a big deal for me yet, as I'm starting with only 3*2TB drives for whs storage with the ability to expand to 8 on the current HBA. I do understand the M1015 should work OK on x4 lane, and I don't expect to ever have more than 2 streams going simultaneously.
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