Inspur-branded LSI9300-8i for $50

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Serhan

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I followed instructions to update the firmware, I was unable to do this from UEFI shell, so did it from Windows environment. It flashed fine, no errors and I can see the drives, but when I try sas3flash -list from the same Windows enviroment, I get the message that there are no Avago controllers in the system. Device manager shows the card, and when I boot, I see Avago Bios screen without any issue. What should I do so that it shows up from sas3flash?
 
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I followed instructions to update the firmware, I was unable to do this from UEFI shell, so did it from Windows environment. It flashed fine, no errors and I can see the drives, but when I try sas3flash -list from the same Windows enviroment, I get the message that there are no Avago controllers in the system. Device manager shows the card, and when I boot, I see Avago Bios screen without any issue. What should I do so that it shows up from sas3flash?

So I recently purchased 2 of these (they were down to like $22? us) and flashed them both up, one from UEFI and one from inside Megaraid. They both came with fw version 12 and in IT mode.

On my ancient datto box I had to do the 'cover pin 3 thing' to ever see the card in UEFI. I noticed that the latest UEFI version of sas3flash stops finding the cards afterwards (have not looked into this yet) though, but MegaRaid in linux, and windows still sees the cards fine.


sas3flash-x64 works fine in windows10 *IF* I remember to give the command prompt administrative access. (I'm not using serverXX)
Otherwise... no Avago adapters found. Be sure to check your rights.


D:\raid>sas3flash.exe -list
Avago Technologies SAS3 Flash Utility
Version 17.00.00.00 (2018.04.02)
Copyright 2008-2018 Avago Technologies. All rights reserved.

Adapter Selected is a Avago SAS: SAS3008(C0)

Controller Number : 0
Controller : SAS3008(C0)
PCI Address : 00:84:00:00
SAS Address : 56c92bf-0-0050-1d02
NVDATA Version (Default) : 0e.01.00.07
NVDATA Version (Persistent) : 0e.01.00.07
Firmware Product ID : 0x2221 (IT)
Firmware Version : 16.00.12.00
NVDATA Vendor : LSI
NVDATA Product ID : SAS9300-8i
BIOS Version : 08.37.00.00
UEFI BSD Version : 18.00.00.00
FCODE Version : N/A
Board Name : INSPUR 3008IT
Board Assembly : INSPUR
Board Tracer Number : N/A

Finished Processing Commands Successfully.
Exiting SAS3Flash.



I mean to try and get one into -IR mode but I haven't started into that yet.
 
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Serhan

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D:\raid>sas3flash.exe -list
Avago Technologies SAS3 Flash Utility
Version 17.00.00.00 (2018.04.02)
Copyright 2008-2018 Avago Technologies. All rights reserved.

Adapter Selected is a Avago SAS: SAS3008(C0)

Controller Number : 0
Controller : SAS3008(C0)
PCI Address : 00:84:00:00
SAS Address : 56c92bf-0-0050-1d02
NVDATA Version (Default) : 0e.01.00.07
NVDATA Version (Persistent) : 0e.01.00.07
Firmware Product ID : 0x2221 (IT)
Firmware Version : 16.00.12.00
NVDATA Vendor : LSI
NVDATA Product ID : SAS9300-8i
BIOS Version : 08.37.00.00
UEFI BSD Version : 18.00.00.00
FCODE Version : N/A
Board Name : INSPUR 3008IT
Board Assembly : INSPUR
Board Tracer Number : N/A

Finished Processing Commands Successfully.
Exiting SAS3Flash.



I mean to try and get one into -IR mode but I haven't started into that yet.
Thank you for the above output. I realized that while my card works in Windows, I no longer see the board name and board assembly when I run the above from the UEFI mode. When you flashed the card, do you erase the flash region entirely like sas3flash.efi -o -e 7 ?
 
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$16.99 as of this morning
wow that's cheap. I don't see a listing, was that an accepted offer?

Also, does anyone have an angle on really cheap dual port SAS cables that woud work with this card? Trying to eke the most performance out of a SAS SSD but the cables are like $40 or $50 or more by themselves and hard to find.
 
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I mean to try and get one into -IR mode but I haven't started into that yet.
Did you already try it?
I am trying to crossflash one of this card IT to IR for the last two days. Found a huge guide with all you need to know about it here:
Long story short, to do it we need to go this steps: Flash 1) INPUR IT -> INPUR IR, 2) INPUR IR -> LSI IR P7, 3) LSI P7 -> LSI LATEST (P16).
But I can't find INPUR IR firmware anywhere to do first step (is it necessary or could be skipped?).

Could anyone confirm successful flash IT -> IR firmware for this particular Inspur LSI9300-8i yzca-00424-101 (ypcb-00424-1p2) card?
 
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Offers at $35 now getting rejected.

Anyone have a lead on cheap low-profile brackets?
Somewhere in this thread there's a link to low profile brackets. They're dirt cheap, I bought a lot of 5 of them.
 
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Samir

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Somewhere in this thread there's a link to low profile brackets. They're dirt cheap, I bought a lot of 5 of them.
I actually did a quick search and didn't seem to find a post in this thread about the source of the brackets. :(
 

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Interestingly, it looks like the one I ordered a few weeks ago was already cross-flashed to the Avago Firmware/BIOS. An older version, so I updated the BIOS/FW to the current.
 
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You guys are killing me, I could resist no longer...I'm in for 2 at $12.99 accepted offer :D
What is the link? It cannot go lower than that I assume

Are the any difference between these cards and hp h240 other than firmware? Speed should be same, I presume.

hp h240 is great card but it is a pain to manage them as they need custom hp software, they can be only used for HBA. Better buy 2 in case I ever want to use RAID.
 
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