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    Default Re: LSI 9240-8i (IBM M1015) First time ever dealing with "real" raid controller, couple questions

    My old Gigabyte M68M-S2P AM2 board had no trouble flashing it at all. I had to get a newer version of sas2flsh though, as it seems there had been a sub-rev. change so the one included in the package mentioned in the previous post didn't work.

    Had it boot up into the old windows installation with new IT drivers without any trouble and runs perfectly as SATA controller now without any raid or bios to halt up boot times.
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    Default Re: LSI 9240-8i (IBM M1015) First time ever dealing with "real" raid controller, couple questions

    I think my m1015 is flaking out. the system is running ESXi and the controller is being passed to a VM and in the VM it was getting error 10 can not start device in device manager. Then I was getting a firmware error at one point. I tried to reflash card and that didnt help, I tried to pretend I crossed flashed but wanted to flash it back to original state and that almost looked promising. I grabbed a hdd that still had windows on it and booted off that still same problem. I tried booting with the drives disconnected, then I tried moving the drives from the other controller to this controller and then bam the controller started to work. I swapped back the drives and then the controller stopped working again. So I put the other drives back onto the M1015 along with its set of drives and bam the controller works and I can see both sets of arrays.

    I am in the process of backing up all my data while I can still see and access the stuff. Then probably brake the array and try to recreate it as it seems to be the arrays problem or hdd instead of the controller. I have a bid on another controller on ebay, if I do recover from this I may still try to get the controller and keep it as a spare. I can not afford to lose close to 1tb of movies pics and other data.
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    Default Re: LSI 9240-8i (IBM M1015) First time ever dealing with "real" raid controller, couple questions

    I'm prolly going to get me a spare controller as well, at that price it would almost be stupid not to. But sad yours is giving trouble. Hope you get your array fixed again.

    I'm very happy with my crossflashing. I got the 20mb/s transfer speed back I had lost from the native SATA to the Raid card. Up to 110 MB/s with windows on copy function disk to disk again.

    Lately I freed up 3 extra HDDs (1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB), so moving/copying files around to suit better atm. Good controller test anyway.
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    Default Re: LSI 9240-8i (IBM M1015) First time ever dealing with "real" raid controller, couple questions

    Hello, I've been researching a bit on the IBM M1015 myself and was set to buy one until someone mentioned that raid cards tend to be finicky with motherboards.

    Did you guys check compatibility or is this a non-issue?

    I would be using this on a Asus P5K. I wanted to setup a media server with 4x3TB drives in Raid5.

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    Default Re: LSI 9240-8i (IBM M1015) First time ever dealing with "real" raid controller, couple questions

    Only thing you gotta make sure is that it has drivers for the OS you want to use, that isn't always the case. Rest shouldn't be a problem. Only place it could become a problem is if/when you flash it, if your mainboard has enough optionROM to do so. An EFI shell also makes it easier for most cards (can safe yourself the hassle of making a DOS USB stick), but that's just a benefit.

    Personally I didn't do any research in that area .. except the aforementioned driver thing
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