Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by Lars » Fri, 26 May 2006 00:51:41


Hi guys,

you are my last hope on this matter. I bought a Mylex RAID controller
(DAC960PG) off ebay. I downloaded the latest release of the flash images
from LSI's support page (SW Kit 4.04) and flashed the contained images
subsequently onto the controller. After the last reboot the controller
initialization is stuck at the BIOS prompt (Version 4.10-50).
Any ideas what I could do to revive this otherwise expensive paperweight??

Thanks a lot


Lars
 
 
 

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by Robert Hel » Fri, 26 May 2006 01:23:07


"Lars @ Home" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,
In a message on Wed, 24 May 2006 17:51:41 +0200, wrote :

"@H> Hi guys,
"@H>
"@H> you are my last hope on this matter. I bought a Mylex RAID controller
"@H> (DAC960PG) off ebay. I downloaded the latest release of the flash images
"@H> from LSI's support page (SW Kit 4.04) and flashed the contained images
"@H> subsequently onto the controller. After the last reboot the controller
"@H> initialization is stuck at the BIOS prompt (Version 4.10-50).
"@H> Any ideas what I could do to revive this otherwise expensive paperweight??

Are you sure you flashed the *correct* version of the flash? There are
*different* versions, depending on certain board options (eg size/type
of eeprom).

"@H>
"@H> Thanks a lot
"@H>
"@H>
"@H> Lars
"@H>

Robert Heller -- 978-544-6933
Deepwoods Software -- Linux Installation and Administration
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ , with CGI and Database
XXXX@XXXXX.COM -- Contract Programming: C/C++, Tcl/Tk

 
 
 

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by Lars Beben » Fri, 26 May 2006 19:24:49


As far as I saw on LSI's page they offer two versions of firmware one for
256K flash and the other one for 512K flash. The readme of the 256K
version says:

WARNING: This flash update is compatible only with the following
DACPG controllers:

D040389 (1 channel)
D040390 (2 channel)
D040391 (3 channel)
D040417 (1 channel)
D040418 (2 channel)
D040419 (3 channel)

DO NOT USE THIS UPDATE WITH ANY OTHER CONTROLLERS!!

My controller is version D040459-E. Anyway the version is only mentioned
for firmware images version 4.06-08. All other version later than that do
not have anything specific about the size of the flash ROM. My guess is
there is no version upgrade for the 256K controllers past 4.06-08.
Anyway, my controller is not in the list above, so I guessed it is one
with a 512K flash ROM. Am I right on this?

Thanks, Lars
 
 
 

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by Peter » Fri, 26 May 2006 22:28:16

On Thu, 25 May 2006 12:24:49 +0200, Lars Bebensee




Guess not. Was there a reason why you had to update it?
 
 
 

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by David A.Le » Sat, 27 May 2006 00:29:28

On Wed, 24 May 2006 17:51:41 +0200, "Lars @ Home" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >



For what it is worth, you can just get a replacement controller from
another source and attach it to the storage. As long as the firmware
on the replacement controller is >= the firmware on the one you had
then the controller will "learn" the config you have and you'll get
your data back.

(As long as you make sure the controller's configuration has been
cleared and auto-initialization is disabled before you plug in the
disks. Just do this from the BIOS once you plug in the RAID card)
 
 
 

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by Lars Beben » Sat, 27 May 2006 02:17:06

Never mind about the data. It is currently running on a software RAID5, and
my plan was actually going to a hardware RAID for the fun of it. But it
looks like I can forget about that one now :-(

Thanks anyway


"David A.Lethe" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > schrieb im Newsbeitrag
 
 
 

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by Lars Beben » Sat, 27 May 2006 02:21:28

Well, not really. I didn't think the Mylex controllers are that picky with
updating to the latest available release. How would I actually distinguish a
256K controller from one with 512K? I read somewhere on this list the 512K
controller actually runs with 2x256K chips? There's not much docmentation on
these kind of controllers on the net. Even LSI does not seem to have any
kind of documentation.


Thanks, Lars



"PeterD" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > schrieb im Newsbeitrag
 
 
 

Mylex DAC960PG locked up after Flashing SW Kit 4.04

Post by Robert Hel » Sat, 27 May 2006 03:07:46


"Lars Bebensee" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,
In a message on Thu, 25 May 2006 19:21:28 +0200, wrote :

"B> Well, not really. I didn't think the Mylex controllers are that picky with
"B> updating to the latest available release. How would I actually distinguish a

They appearently are...

"B> 256K controller from one with 512K? I read somewhere on this list the 512K
"B> controller actually runs with 2x256K chips? There's not much docmentation on

I would guess by looking at the eeprom chips. The number on the chip
will give its size and if it is the case that the 512K boards have two
chips, you can tell this sort of board by it having two eeprom chips
(Duh).

"B> these kind of controllers on the net. Even LSI does not seem to have any
"B> kind of documentation.

LSI wants the 'Mylex' name to go away, but it refuses to. People really
prefer the (old) Mylex RAID controllers over LSI's (new) controllers.

What you might *try* is to pop off the eeprom off the board (assuming
it is not soldered on and is in a socket) and use an eeprom programmer
to burn a proper (older) 256K BIOS into it. I don't know if LSI will
sell you a replacement eeprom, which is yet another option.

"B>
"B>
"B> Thanks, Lars
"B>
"B>
"B>
"B> "PeterD" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > schrieb im Newsbeitrag

"B> > On Thu, 25 May 2006 12:24:49 +0200, Lars Bebensee

"B> >
"B> >
"B> >>Anyway, my controller is not in the list above, so I guessed it is one
"B> >>with a 512K flash ROM. Am I right on this?
"B> >>
"B> >
"B> > Guess not. Was there a reason why you had to update it?
"B>
"B>
"B>

Robert Heller -- 978-544-6933
Deepwoods Software -- Linux Installation and Administration
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ , with CGI and Database
XXXX@XXXXX.COM -- Contract Programming: C/C++, Tcl/Tk