sas2flsh –f 214i4eir.bin –b mptsas2.rom
-f is the firmware flag , 214i4eir.bin is the FW file name;
-b is the Bios update flag, mptsas2.rom is the Bios file name;
To verify that the flash took:
sas2flsh – listall
I've been asked by LSI customer support to try creating arrays in direct-connect environment. Using HighPoint external Mini-SAS to 4 eSATA cable, I connected two 1-disk eSATA boxes to LSI 9212-4i4e host bus adapter, and was able to create RAID1 array from those 2 disks in no time.
Which means that today 9212-4i4e adapter (unlike 9280-8e controller) is not compatible with Chenbro AC UEK2-13601 Expander Board (at least in Windows XP environment).
There were no free external outputs on the controller card, so I connected this box to the external Chenbro expander output of my old 4220 box (daisy connection). Everything works fine now -- I was able to create a RAID1 array with no problems at all.
A good thing is that LSI customer support is very responsive, I got an advice that I need to boot to native DOS and run the DOS version of sas2flash utility. OS specific versions of this utility are there for monitoring purposes only (and to confuse users like me, I guess). I was confused because I had no problems upgrading the firmware on my other LSI controller -- 9280-8e from Windows.
To download Chenbro expander driver for Windows XP I used the top link among the drivers on this list:
The driver is old, not signed and to install it I had to select driver location and specify that the device belongs to "System devices" category.
After the driver has been properly installed, Megaraid Manager is able to see disks in Norco 4224 box, but I am not able to create arrays yet (getting 4004 error). It appears that firmware, BIOS, drivers etc for LSI 9212-4i4e controller which I bought only a bit over a month ago have to be updated.
Exchanging emails with LSI customer support.
I plugged the power supply into a UPC unit and turned on power on the power supply. The top images shows one green light which came up. At this point I pressed "on" button on the front of the norco chassis. The bottom image shows the lights on. Now it is time to unplug the power supply again. The wall on fans will be put back in place as the next step.