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Offline Cassius

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2012, 12:11:41 pm »
Ok, thanks. Looks like everything is fine.


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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2012, 04:56:11 pm »
I did the inf change from "timotl".
I downloaded the driver from the LSI homepage and edited the inf file. Under the [Shutdown_addreg] section
I added the following line
HKR, "StorPort", "EnableIdlePowerManagement", 0x00010001, 0x01
b-earl,
Curious, what prompted you to put that in that section?  According to the page timotl linked to, that has to be added to a [DDInstall.HW] section.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2012, 06:38:46 am by dscline »
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2012, 03:35:50 am »
dscline. I pm timotl and in his answer her wrote me to add the line under [Shutdown_addreg]. And since it works.

In my inf file I  can not find any [DDInstall.HW] section.
Your link is broken it only consist of http:///
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #33 on: April 15, 2012, 06:40:10 am »
Ooops, sorry, fixed the link.  If it works, that's the important thing, I just wondered if there was a specific reason to vary from the MS instructions.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2012, 07:08:35 am »
Did the same with my 1015 flashed to 9211 and i can confirm it working.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #35 on: April 15, 2012, 08:34:27 am »
I just got my m1015 installed last night too.  For anyone else contemplating this, FYI, I did run into a speed bump that could be an issue for others... following the instructions here to flash it to a 9211-8i in IT mode, I got through the first two steps to empty and clean the firmware, but then couldn't do the next two steps to flash the 9211 firmware onto it, as I was getting "failed to initialize pal" errors.  After some searching, come to find out that's fairly common when flashing LSI firmwares, and unfortunately the only solution is:  flash it with another motherboard.  Apparently it will flash on some, but not others.  Panic set in, but fortunately I had another system that it would flash in.

So I swapped out my previous SiI3124 card and the two port multipliers attached to it (in a separate case), with the m1015/9211-8i connected to an HP SAS expander in the remote case.  Booted into WHS, then installed the 9211-8i driver.  It seemed to automatically pick up the two drives I had attached directly to the 9211, but didn't pick up the drives connected to the expander.  So I did a reboot, then WHS hung during the boot process.  I simply could not get back into WHS.  So I took the "last known good configuration" option, got into Windows, installed the driver again, rebooted, and this time it worked.

Last night successfully went through the update/partial verify/partial validate process, so it appears all is well, despite a few concerning moments.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2012, 08:35:58 am by dscline »
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #36 on: April 15, 2012, 08:41:39 am »
Thanks for the Info dscline. In that case I could flash mine one the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 mainboard.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2012, 11:30:12 pm »
I'm finding al lot are selling without the PCI bracket.. does anyone know if i can just use a bracket of a old card?

also is there a compatibility list for what motherboards can reflash it? I'm planing on buying a new board so it be helpful on making my choices :P
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #38 on: April 25, 2012, 08:42:23 am »
I specifically bought one that came with a bracket.  But since these don't have any ports on the back, I expect you could just take a bracket off some other old card and re-use it on this.  I'm not aware of any list of motherboards (or even chipsets) that do or don't support flashing the LSI cards, but a search like this may turn up some clues.  I initially tried to flash it with a cheap Foxconn G41MXE, which would't flash it.  After getting the error, I did some googling and found a post at the unRAID forums of someone who couldn't flash it on a Supermicro C2SEE, which is closely related to my C2SEA, so I assumed that my server also couldn't flash it.  I then tried my main desktop PC, which is fairly old, and it worked.  I'm not home now, but my rather poor memory seems to want to think that system has an Abit A8n-e MB in it.  Whatever it has, it's an old AMD based board.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #39 on: April 25, 2012, 12:51:07 pm »

Might be covered elsewhere because I know many SAS/RAID controllers don't play well with UEFI BIOS machines...... I could not flash my IBM M1015 into IT mode on an ASUS Maximum IV Gene-Z/Gen 3.  The mobo wouldn't even see the card, thought the card was dead.  Tried it in an old Asus P5B-VM SE and all went perfectly at first attempt.

I am assuming that it is to do with the issue that the BIOS on the M1015 didn't play well with UEFI BIOS in the Maximus IV Gene Mobo.  I didn't then try the card back in the UEFI mobo once I had flashed into IT mode without the card's bios option, i.e. a dumb controller..... but that would only be useful if I then wanted to flash the card back from IT mode into original RAID mode.....

.... as for brackets - most indeed come without a bracket, you can just screw on another bracket from another low profile card, BUT remember that most low profile cards have some form of socket connector at the rear, and it is usually to these sockets that the bracket attaches (e.g. a USB card, serial, etc).  You need a bracket with two 'lugs/prongs' that allow screw attachment to the card itself.  Just look at a picture carefully on EBAY and you will see what I mean.  Brackets are therefore not very common.  Good use of strong cable ties on the SAS cables should help keep the card seated firmly and thereby allow safe(r) use of a non-bracket card.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2012, 03:01:41 am »
Used Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 to flash my card.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2012, 04:10:08 am »
As written above I IT flashed the controller on the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3.
To flash/update the firmware is also possible on the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX.
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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #42 on: April 27, 2012, 07:35:01 am »
Trying to flash on the ASUS P5WD2-E will not work, but the controller works fine.

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Re: Best 4-port 6Gbps 4x PCI Express SATA controller for the $$$
« Reply #43 on: May 01, 2012, 01:34:07 am »
Hey guys, any specific recommended sellers on ebay to buy the IBM M1015 from?

Having played around with a supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8, I'm debating between the AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 and the M1015.  Anyone with experience with both have a recommendation to sway me one way or the other?

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« Reply #44 on: May 01, 2012, 04:06:00 am »
@naeonline
I just searched eBay at the Time. I bought it From a Guy in France
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