M1015 to 9211-IT ...no disks detected - please help

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  1. NLS

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    OK I (think I) successfully flashed my newly acquired IBM M1015 to LSI9211-8i in IT mode.
    It was a bit difficult as I needed to find a motherboard that could see the card AND flash it.
    The first I tried saw the card, but froze when trying to query the card before flashing.
    Next motherboard was fine.
    Anyway I flashed it as seen here:
    http://www.servethehome.com/ibm-serveraid-m1015-part-4/
    and here:
    SAS2008 (LSI9240/9211) Firmware files - Page 4 - Projects, Tools, Utilities & Customized INFs - LaptopVideo2Go Forums

    I used P16 release firmware.

    Note #1: None of the two was the actual motherboard I would use the card on. The card that I want the card on is ECS P45T-A (V1.0).
    ECS Web Site > P45T-A (V1.0)
    On the first PCIe x16 slot I have the VGA card and on the second PCIe x16 slot I have the controller.

    Note #2: I NEVER tried it as IBM M1015 with disks (my SFF-8087 to 2xSATA cables were on order).

    Anyway I installed everything on my server, put the cables in, connected 8 of my drives (note that the drives where previously working already in that system, using two smaller "stupid" controllers). So, nothing wrong with the drives, or PSU etc.

    Anyway long story short: Doesn't seem to see ANY of my drives. It shows 0 drives. Also I installed MSM in Windows, it does indeed see the card, but shows 0 drives.

    What could be wrong?

    Extra info. When booting, BIOS screen reports:

    LSI MPT SAS2 BIOS
    MPT2BIOS 7.31.00.00 (2013.02.28)

    And, in the ctrl-c prompt if I PRESS ctrl-c it shows:
    LSI Corporation MPT2 boot ROM successfully installed.
    (briefly)
    ...then boots and actuallyu does NOT go to configuration.

    If I do NOT press ctrl-c, instead it shows a table with this info:
    PCI slot FF
    Vendor LSI
    SAS2008-IT
    revision 16.00.00.00
    size/nvdata 10:00:00:00:06
    ...and boots

    Windows (SBS2011 which is 2008R2 kernel), does see the card, I even installed newest drivers, but again, no drives.

    Give me some feedback please.

    Could it be the cables?
    These are the cables:
    Digitus DK-127011 SAS,SFF-8087,36PIN ΣΕ 4 SATA 7 P... - Easy Buy World
    (bought two)

    Please help me, I don't know what to do.
     
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    Nobody?

    I searched around and found there are issues about a "forward" and a "reverse" version of the cable?
    Correct cable for M1015 and sata drives? - [H]ard|Forum
    The cable I bought above, I don't see any clear indication... Could that be the issue?

    Here I found the only proper description of the cable by Digitus that I bought (page 35)...
    http://www.services.assmann.com/dow...essional2009-2010/02_copper components_en.pdf

    I am not sure what to try next.
    Should I order different cables? (will take days)

    Maybe something wrong with the card?
    (sent from HK... will be tough to send back...)

    I plan to flash back to M1015 original and check what happens.
     
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    Nobody bothered to give an idea (unlike other fora, I have to say).

    Anyway an update...

    I flashed the card back to stock M1015 firmware (latest version).
    NO disks detected again.

    One thing I noticed is that (like in 9211-8i IT mode WITH mptsas2 bios installed), I cannot invoke configuration screen (ctrl-h for M1015, ctrl-c for 9211-8i), without failure, but doesn't start, just boots normally.

    This means one of the following:

    1) Something is wrong with the card. HOPE NOT.

    2) Something cannot connect with invoking the card BIOS from my motherboard BIOS (seen that before with different unrelated hardware). I don't care as in IT mode I don't ever need the configuration screen

    3) This card (in M1015 or 9211-8i IT mode) does not allow invoking the configuration screen if there is no disk detected/connected. (anybody care to try that?)

    So... hoping it is not #1 above, I flashed back LSI 9211-8i IT mode and wait for LSI "forward" cables I ordered from Italy (CBL-SFF8087OCF-06M)... Hope this solves it (will post update).

    WIll also contact the seller of the card today, that I plan to do one more test, else I will have to return it.
     
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    Is the option ROM enabled?

    mobilenvidia here is the firmware guru
     
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    Yeah, as far as I know...
     
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    I might suggest using the search feature as these issues have been covered before.

    Get the card in a board that is known working BEFORE attempting to flash. NOT all boards are equal or designed for enterprise devices to be added, especially P45's.
     
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    Not easy...
     
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    OK I have the final update and case close for this:

    It was the cables.
    I just received LSI's own "forward" cables and yes, the controller detects the drives AND my motherboard BIOS also does (if I needed to boot from them - which I don't).
    (quick to dismiss my motherboard and chipset eh?)

    Thank you all for your support.

    Ah... moral of the story: Do NOT get the Digitus cables for this controller.
     
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    LOL, reverse cables are usually the harder ones to find. Hang on to them and mark them accordingly.
     
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    No thanks. Useless to me. The 32 euros I got back were more important.
    Read: I am Greek.
    Read #2: Wtf would I need a cable that goes from 4 SATA controller ports to a single SFF-8087 (that most backplanes do NOT use)?
     
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    Most boards have 4-14 SATA ports onboard, backplanes usually take SF8087, not SATA, you figure it out.
     
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    Most backplanes I've seen have SFF-8484 but anyway.
    Also if I had a system with a backplane I would probably NOT use my on-board SATA controller.

    In any case still useless to me. If it was useful to you, you should tell me earlier to send it over.
     
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