I believe at least some cards will not power up if they detect no drives attached. I hope the utility is smart enough to work with cards that are in this state.Is the utility meant to be used on a card with no drives attached?
Another question, according to this article sas2flash cannot convert between IR and IT mode, only sas2flsh can. Do you know if this is actually the case?Sure. Doesn't matter.
Let us know how it goes. It seems a lot easier than having to deal with creating a DOS bootup disk.That's an interesting question and oddly timed, as I've never used the UNIX tool to do that, and I've actually got a machine on the bench right now where I'm aiming to convert IT to IR. Haven't done it yet. Holiday weekend and all. I had been planning to try the FreeNAS tool anyways.
It's not too bad. You can use FreeDOS (be sure to get a LiveCD/USB with as little as possible, or else this kind of low-level stuff might not work), you just have to include DOS4GW (like you would on real MS-DOS), because LSI couldn't be bothered to write a flashing tool that fit within 640K of RAM.Let us know how it goes. It seems a lot easier than having to deal with creating a DOS bootup disk.
I can confirm this. I flashed both my M1015s in UEFI mode.This is from some notes I found way back when I flashed my card, thought it might help...
The DOS version of sas2flsh requires that the motherboard support the BIOS32 service directory feature. If the BIOS32 service directory feature isn't supported, when DOS is booted and sas2flsh.exe is run, an error message "ERROR: Failed to initialize PAL. Exiting program." will be displayed. You can also use the UEFI version of sas2flsh (sas2flash.efi) if your board supports UEFI.
The BIOS32 service directory support might be available with a BIOS update.
When changing to IR from IT or to IT from IR, a firmware erase must first take place.
It's there. Gotta look at the archived downloads though.I have an LSI 9200-8e installed and working on FreeNAS-9.3-STABLE-201504152200 but the firmware is
seriously out of date. I am getting an alert:
WARNING: Firmware version 7 does not match driver version 16 for /dev/mps0
Does anyone have version 16 firmware for the 9200-8e? The earliest that I can find on the LSI site is version
19. Version 20 is current.
Awwww Geeeeezzzzz...It's there. Gotta look at the archived downloads though.
The signals themselves are carried by SFF-8078 to SFF-8087 cables. What's missing is software support.I have 3 of these IBM 1015 cards, each dual linked to a Supermicro SAS2 backplane in 846 chassis. I know the 1015s have a J3 connector labeled Ext LED. According to the LSI manual, this is for connecting activity and fault LEDs. But it does not appear to be an I2C connector that I can wire to the PRI_I2C connector on the Supermicro backplane, or is it? The silk screen on the 1015 by the J3 connector appears to show that this is nothing more than 2 +/- connectors to wire directly to LEDs and not a I2C outofband data bus.
My blue activity LEDs are working fine, but the red fault LEDs only lit up briefly when powering up the 846 chassis and not when a drive fails.
Is there a way to get the 1015 talking to the red fault LEDs on the Supermicro backplane?