Knowledgebase: Tips and tricks
LSI Firmware update on a Mac Pro
Posted by Sven Koester on 25 November 2008 11:03

It is sometimes required to perform a firmware update on an Apple Fusion / LSI  host bus adapter.
To do so, LSI offers a tool names LsiUtil that is ready to use on Windows, Linux or Solaris, but not on Macs.

The LsiUtil and the (controller specific) lastest firmware update can be found at LSI. (ATTENTION: This link no longer works!!!)

Instead, Broadcom now refers website visitors to this page:

https://www.broadcom.com/support/knowledgebase/1211167034566/how-do-i-create-a-support-ticket-for-lsi-storage-products 

In order to get the LsiUtil running, it is possible to boot one of the supported operating systems on the Mac.
The easiest way we found is to boot Linux from a so called Live CD on the Mac Pro.
A Live CD allows to boot an operating system without installation.
Here is a Live CD list in the internet.

We used a german Knoppix CD from a newspaper, any newer live CD should do.

Note:
In order to access the LsiUtil and the firmware from Linux it may be required to copy them to a standard USB stick.


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