sun stk raid int / adaptec 5805 firmware flashing

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by yee379, May 30, 2012.

  1. yee379

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    i have a sun "Cougar" raid card that is on an old firmware level. i would like to upgrade it to support 3tb drives etc. however, i do not have sun hardware/software to do it from; only my lowly intel asus mobo.

    i tried flashing with the adaptec 5805 firmware but i get:

    Target controller type (9005:0285:108E:0286) does not match file data controller type (9005:0285:9005:02B6).
    Flash Update Skipped

    does anyone have an idea on how i could proceed?

    thanks,
     
  2. yee379

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    just a quick update: i remember reading that intel also sell the same card; so i found a firmware image on their webpage. however, it's only rev 17757. according to the adaptec site i need rev 17911+ :(
     
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    Hi yee379,

    I know this is a bit of a long-shot as your post was over a year ago, but I am in the same situation as you were with a Sun RAID card and I'm wondering if you ever found a way to upgrade the firmware on it? There is very little on the net about this!

    Any info you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

    Sam.
     
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    Yeah, I found some info on this as well. I'm not quite sure if I'm prepared to take the risk however :/ Do you happen to know if the latest Sun firmware allows you to run >2TB drives?
     
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    so the only firmware that i believe is officially supported by the card is at the intel website which seems to be at version 17757.

    http://ask.adaptec.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17242/~/are-4tb-drives-supported-on-adaptec-controllers%3F claims that:

    so i would say 'no' for sun firmware.

    however, the latest firmware on the adpatec site is 18948... so assuming it's possible to 'mode 0' the sun card and load up the adaptec firmware, then we should be golden.
     
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    Yeah, I read that also, but later on I realised that the version numbers / dates don't correlate between the Adaptec firmware and the Intel / Sun firmware so it's hard to tell. The only way to tell for sure is for someone to actually try it.
     
  8. XMBomb

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    Hi there,
    Sorry for resurrecting this thread, but I've got the same problem.
    I installed the linked Intel BIOS with a bootable FreeDOS USB stick.
    This BIOS works, but as mentioned before, doesn't support 3TB hard drives,
    like I want it to do.
    I actually tried the "Mode 0" method, but I get an error Message,
    when flashing the official adaptec (not SUN) BIOS firmware:
    "Flash file's OEM Type(0x10) does not match Controller's OEM Type (0xa0)"
    Does anyone know, what I can try next?
     
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    Hmm, I think may be the first on the net who's actually tried this! I'm wondering if there's any way to either modify the OEM type of either the firmware update or the card?

    Either that or wipe the firmware that's on it now to remove the OEM identifier?
     
  10. XMBomb

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    Hmm it identifies the card with a hex-code (0x10 is the original and 0xa0 is the SUN one)
    Maybe someone could change those values somehow?
    I'm not skilled enough to know what value I have to change.
     
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    So, I'm home I tried it, and you won't believe me it worked !!!
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  14. vivithemage

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    Super glad I found this thread ...

    I balls of steeled it ... on my SUN adapter 5805...worked now on 18948 from adaptec's site! It also doesn't say it's a SUN card in the bios anymore, says it's a Adaptec card, for what that is worth :)

    booted into DOS and ran: afu update /SkIp

    capital S and capital I were required.
     
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    yeah, mine shows 256MB ... but I didn't care, it performs raid functions properly.It performs pretty darn well for my 7x 2TB RE4's in raid 5 as well.

    I didn't want to move my server while it was rebuilding ... but didn't want to leave you hanging, pulled the side off, it is indeed a 375-3536 SUN SKU. SO yours will be 256MB, and that's a bit better price then I got a few months ago with BBU, I ended up paying $140 for mine.

    Good news is you can flash her and update her via that thread :)
     
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    I do have to ask, does anyone know the largest drives this newest firmware supports?
     
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    I have 2TB's attached, no 3TB or 4TB to test though, sorry.
     
  20. dexvx

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    The latest adaptec firmware should support 4TB drives.
     
  21. metuckness

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    Fantastic.

    Do you know if I can run 4 SAS 10k 400GB (Cheetah) drives as one array and 4 4TB WD RED SATA drives as another array?
     
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    This is great. I've been able to update to 17557 in the past via suns website but have been looking forward to putting in the newest firmware and possibly changing over to adaptec as the oem identifier. Thanx for the hard work boys!
     
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    Well... somehow I missed the new post notification on this thread back in 2013, but I just re-discovered it tonight looking for an answer to the same question! :D

    In any case, I'm glad that we have a solution now!

    I also found this in my travels tonight which is relevant and if I'm reading it correctly the 5805 is a card that just never quits! It looks like it supports up to 8tb drives!!

    Support for SATA and SAS disk drives with a size of 2TB or greater

    Thanks to everyone for their contribution to this solution!
     
  24. Laci

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    Although quite an old post, I have just had the very same situation, same controller type in a full Sun Fire X4150 server. I found this link Download Sun StorageTek* SAS RAID Internal HBA Firmware and the downloadable firmware update in file SGXPCIESAS-R-INT-Z_FW17757.zip with which I could successfully upgrade my controller card (without MODE0) to build 17757 and it is now capable of handling multi tera SATA drives.
     
  25. uhp-loki

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    I have the odd Cougar lying around so I tried the Mode 0 reset method and it seems quite happily serving 4TiB drives now.
    It's potentially fairly risky but it did work in my case.

    Jumper the FLASH pins (J8), run 'afu' when booted in DOS mode from a USB drive, wait till it succeeds. Power down, remove jumper, power up.

    No longer a Sun STK SAS controller - it's now identified as an ASR5805.