IBM 46M0997 Expander - Problems

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  1. TrevInCarlton

    TrevInCarlton New Member

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    I brought 2 of these off ebay from the same company. One of the expanders works without any problems but if I swap out the first one with the second one it does not work. I tried the board with just power, a green and an orange LED light up then the orange one goes out leaving just the green lit. By contrast the one that works clearly goes through a full POST with much LED activity. Being convinced that this board was faulty I obtained another through another supplier and this too only powers up with the green and orange LED's ,the same as the other "faulty?" board. I have read online that some of these boards are locked to IBM servers. Any help in getting to the bottom of this would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to buy another as I am not convinced I have 2 out of 3 faulty boards.
     
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    TrevInCarlton New Member

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    Hi, thanks for the input. Already read the thread you sent me which also talks about firmware updates but despite all my efforts I can't find any firmware online. Also the only way to do the firmware update is through the expander being connected to the HBA and at this moment my IBM LSI ServeRAID-M1015 46M0861 SAS9220-8I and LSI9207 can't even see the expander. Have checked the cards in great detail and physically they are all identical
     
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  4. Stefan75

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    The M1015 would be perfect... here's the windows flasher: IBM Support
     
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    Don't have any problem with the M1015 and have already found and tested flashing the M1015 to IT mode. The problem is with the Expander, no issues with my 2 HBAs
     
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    Sorry, I meant that the M1015 would be perfect for flashing, it being IBM.
    When I flashed using my plain LSI 9201-16e I got all sorts of warnings and errors, etc.
    But in the end I could see firmware 634a in MegaRAID Storage Manager.
     
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    The problem remains, if the M1015 can't see the expander would it still be possible to update the firmware over DOS. If so what packages would I need and more to the point where would I get the firmware from ?
     
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    got a few of these cards on the way, anybody have the link for the latest firmware for this for linux? have no windows machines around to flash this in.
     
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  9. RedX1

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    Hi

    I posted this video tutorial in the STH thread mentioned above.


    How to update the IBM 46M0997 Expander to 634a

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw4TTI_HYqM


    It worked well for me, you might find this very useful too.





    RedX1
     
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    Thank you for this. should make it easier. ive done lots of reading but seeing it sometimes makes it easier.
     
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