Flash Dell H730P to LSI firmware?

ElCoyote_

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I jut got a nice H730P (2gb ram) off e-bay. I got that card instead of a genuine LSI for the following reasons:
- Comes with an integrated BBU (don't know what type, though).
- Comes with a much better/badder/larger heatsink (temp averages 65C in my TE410 instead of 90C with the previous LSI).
- was less expensive the equivalent LSI.

..but now I am stuck with Dell firmware (which updates fine, btw)

Does anyone know if there's a possibility to flash the card to LSI firmware?

Thanks,

Vincent
 

Boris

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Necro-bump.
I also noticed these controllers at a fairly attractive (for me) price on Ebay.
And I, too, was immediately puzzled by the question "can I reflash in LSI?".
But according to @klree comment, this is a problem.
But what inconvenience can be expected when using the original DELL firmware?
Are only DELL branded discs supported? Will there be a problem when switching to another controller model, from LSI?
 

Terry Kennedy

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But what inconvenience can be expected when using the original DELL firmware?
Here are a few things, which may or may not apply to any specific Dell card:
1) May not work with generic chassis enclosure services (sideband)
2) Sometimes (mostly older cards) limited queue depth compared to LSI cards with same controller chip
3) May need to be managed with Dell versions of the utilities
4) Support for things like NVMe drives will be different than on generic cards
5) LSI optionally licensed features are completely different on Dell cards
Are only DELL branded discs supported? Will there be a problem when switching to another controller model, from LSI?
Dell stopped doing that a while ago. Non-Dell drives (SAS, SATA OK, not sure about NVMe) will work but the controller will log an event about a non-Dell drive being detected. On older cards (H700 and older) newer firmware is needed to change the outright block into a warning.
 
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