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Registered: ‎06-21-2014
Location: DE
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SSD flash with nvme fails

Hi all,


I already posted this in the Thinkcentre forum but maybe I get more help here.


$ ls -l
insgesamt 9176
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 1048576 Nov 16 12:50 5L1QCXB7.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 1048576 Jan 20  2018 5L7QCXB7_NF_ENC.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 1048576 Jan 20  2018 7L7QCXY7_NF_ENC.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 2584239 Mär 17  2017 nvmeredrive_v2_2_3_3_x86
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rtraut rtraut 3664896 Feb  8  2018 RaidFWUpdate_V1_1_6.exe
$ sudo nvme id-ctrl /dev/nvme0 | grep fr
fr        : 4L7QCXB7
frmw      : 0x16
$ sudo nvme fw-download /dev/nvme0 --fw=5L1QCXB7.bin
Firmware download success
$ sudo nvme fw-commit /dev/nvme0 --slot=0 --action=2
NVME Admin command error:FIRMWARE_SLOT: The firmware slot indicated is invalid or read only. This error is indicated if the firmware slot exceeds the number supported(2106)
$ sudo nvme fw-commit /dev/nvme0 --slot=0 --action=1
NVME Admin command error:FIRMWARE_IMAGE: The firmware image specified for activation is invalid and not loaded by the controller(2107)
$ sudo nvme fw-commit /dev/nvme0 --slot=1 --action=2
Success activating firmware action:2 slot:1, but firmware requires conventional reset

I think I'm activating the wrong firmware, after reboot I get the old one.

Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong?




What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎04-22-2019
Location: DE
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Re: SSD flash with nvme fails

I successfully updated my PM961 on Linux. My old firmware version was 3L7QCXB7:

[root@zen ~]# nvme list
Node SN Model Namespace Usage Format FW Rev 
---------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------- --------- -------------------------- ---------------- --------
/dev/nvme0n1 S35ENX0HC04495 SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000L7 1 62.89 GB / 256.06 GB 512 B + 0 B 5L7QCXB7
[root@zen ~]# nvme id-ctrl /dev/nvme0 | grep fr
fr : 3L7QCXB7
frmw : 0x16

Download and unzip firmware from

Figure out the firmware for your model:

[root@zen ~]# grep MZVLW256HEHP-000L7 FWNV30/ 
"SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000L7","4L7QCXB7","5L7QCXB7","5L7QCXB7_NF_ENC.bin","RaidFWUpdate_V1_1_6.exe","","S","SAMSUNG"

Upload and commit the firmware:

[root@zen ~]# nvme fw-download /dev/nvme0 --fw=FWNV30/SAMSUNG/5L7QCXB7_NF_ENC.bin
[root@zen ~]# nvme fw-commit /dev/nvme0 --slot=0 --action=1

Now reboot your computer; Note: "echo 1 >
/sys/class/nvme/nvme0/reset_controller" as suggested in the
nvme-fw-commit manpage was not sufficient

After a reboot you have the new version:

[root@zen ~]# nvme id-ctrl /dev/nvme0 | grep fr
fr : 5L7QCXB7
frmw : 0x16

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