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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 12:28:20 pm »
I just got my self a M1015 and I will flash it to LSI9211-IT mode, that is Straight pass-through, no RAID.

If I understand correctly that is not the same as JBOD (single) mode and therefore I should not loose any data already in the drives. Is that correct??


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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 01:12:51 pm »
Yes I bought mine flashed them to IT and the drives are seen as if I connected them to the motherboard sata ports. No drives are formatted and I have not had to enter the controller bios ones.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2012, 09:55:53 am »
b-earl,

I just got the m1015 installed and after a few problems with the firmware update I managed to get it working. I did not flash the bios, so the controller does not show any configuration during boot.
Can you tell me if you can access the controller bios and see if there is any configuration on drives staggered spin up. My drives are all spinning up at the same time during windows boot. (It does not spin up during post, but rather during windows booting).

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2012, 10:50:05 am »
Cassius,

I have mine in a Chenbro case where the backplane is responsible for the spin up (all at once or after each other) The Firmware version is 13
In the menu of the LSI SAS2008 Controller under Adapter Timing Properties
there are two Spinup options
-Direct Attached Spinup Delay (Sec) = 2
-Direct Attached Max Targets to Spinup = 2

I flashed mine to SAS9210-8i once with UEFI and the second time with the LSI MegaStorage Manager.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2012, 12:26:31 pm »
Thanks. I will flash it again and set those spinups options.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2012, 12:51:31 pm »
When I flashed with the LSI MSM Software I downloaded the Windows DOS File and extracted  the files. You will have to flash twice once the firmware and the next time the bios. Do not forget to set the radio button on the proper setting.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2012, 02:14:13 pm »
So did you flash the controller in Windows? I might try that, because I had to use another motherboard to properly flash the controller in DOS.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2012, 02:50:30 pm »
Yes I install the LSI MSM and from inside the Software I flashed the Controller.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2012, 03:44:35 pm »
I just installed MVPBios from a package I got from LSI. It is a text application (no radio buttons), but it worked.

I now can see the LSI bios loading, but when I hit ctrl-c to enter the bios I got:

Please wait, invoking SAS configuration utility...

LSI Corp Configuration Utility will load following initialization!

LSI Corporation MPT2 boot ROM sucessfully installed!

Then the computer simply boots!

Any idea of what's going on? Controller is working fine.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2012, 04:01:35 pm »
What Version number of the Firmware did you flash?
I had something of version 7-8 in the beginning then I could when booting see all the drives that where connected. I then flashed to version 11 and 12 and both did not show me the drives any more, but they functioned in Windows. When I a week ago updated to version 13 I can again see the drives at boot.
I am not sure if I could or couldn't enter the bios at version 11 and 12.

Does you motherboard allow the controler to enter the boot menu?
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2012, 04:25:36 pm »
I just installed MSM ( megaraid storage manager).

Current Firmware: 13.00.01.00
Load Bios: 07.25.00.00
EFI-BSD: N/A

Is that correct??

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2012, 06:13:45 pm »
Now I get it!

You have to hit F8 for boot menu, then ctrl-c and then from the list of available boot drives select the LSI controller.

b-earl, do your drives spin down. MSM shows controllerĀ“s power management properties as disabled. Is there any way to enable it?

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2012, 12:07:45 am »
Cassius,
I did the inf change from "timotl".
I downloaded the driver from the LSI homepage and edited the inf file. Under the [Shutdown_addreg] section
I added the following line
HKR, "StorPort", "EnableIdlePowerManagement", 0x00010001, 0x01
and then in the Windows Power Options set a spindown time for the hard disk I choose 15 minutes.
Now all the drives that are not used at the moment do spin down.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2012, 10:25:13 am »
All right, changed that and updated the driver. Not sure yet if drives are spinning down.

Which is the driver version you are using? Mine is 2.0.52.0.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2012, 11:48:34 am »
I do usually not notice when the drives spin down, but when they spin up I hear it
My driver Version is 2.00.52.00
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