[CentOS] OCZ Vertex3 SSD and LSI 9211-8i (mpt2sas)

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Wed Oct 3 18:58:14 EDT 2012


On 10/03/12 2:35 PM, Tru Huynh wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 03, 2012 at 02:18:13PM -0700, John R Pierce wrote:
>> >On 10/03/12 12:59 PM, John R Pierce wrote:
>>> > >       # mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1
>>> > >
>>> > >and it hangs at 'Discarding device blocks: 0/58607505'   which I gather
>>> > >is related to 'trim' aka 'discard'.
>> >
>> >and exactly the same behavior with the latest kernel
>> >2.6.32-279.9.1.el6.x86_64 and e2fsprogs-1.41.12-12.el6.x86_64
>> >
> firmware issue?
>
> http://forums.servethehome.com/showthread.php?867-OCZ-vertex4-imcompatible-with-LSI-SAS-9211-8i


hmm, not sure thats this problem, as the drive seems to work fine as 
long as I don't use "Discard' aka "SSD trim"...

I've just updated the SAS2 card bios and firmware to the latest, so lets 
see what happens when I reboot...   AHHHH, that fixed it :-/

for future reference...

9211_8i_Package_P14_IR_IT_Firmware_BIOS_for_MSDOS_Windows\Firmware\HBA_9211_8i_IR\2118ir.bin
and
9211_8i_Package_P14_IR_IT_Firmware_BIOS_for_MSDOS_Windows\sasbios_rel\mptsas2.rom

flashed using
Installer_P14_for_Linux\sas2flash_linux_i686_x86-64_rel\sas2flash

(the linux package3 doesn't include the firmware, so you need to 
download the windows package too).  the IR firmware supports raid while 
the IT firmware is just a jbod HBA.  my cards were already "IR" even 
though I'm not using that feature, so I saw no reason to force the 
restricted firmware on them.

to flash it after you collect the files you need:

     # chmod +x sas2flash
     # ./sas2flash -b mptsas2.rom
     .....
     # ./sas2flash -fwall 2118ir.bin
     ....

resulting versions are...

# ./sas2flash -listall
LSI Corporation SAS2 Flash Utility
Version 10.00.00.00 (2011.05.13)
Copyright (c) 2008-2011 LSI Corporation. All rights reserved

         Adapter Selected is a LSI SAS: SAS2008(B2)

Num   Ctlr            FW Ver        NVDATA x86-BIOS         PCI Addr
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

0  SAS2008(B2)     14.00.01.00    0e.03.00.05 07.27.00.00     00:06:00:00

         Finished Processing Commands Successfully.
         Exiting SAS2Flash.



ok, now I can move forward.  this had be stymied for 24 hours... I've 
not run into any problems where I had to update HBA firmware for years 
and years and years.



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john r pierce                            N 37, W 122
santa cruz ca                         mid-left coast



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