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Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

noorkoteb
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Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

Hello,So i bought this used Hp proliant BL460c gen1 server when i connect it with a 12v 20a power supply it doesnt make a sound or start up just orange light at the power and a blinking red light i am not useing a rack someone told me to turn dip switches of i found two dip switches and i belive they are off i am new to servers by the way

 

thank you

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Jimmy Vance
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

So you just have the blade server? No C7000 chassis to plug it in? 




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Torsten.
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

You cannot run this server without a C3000 or C7000 chassis. You need it for power control, cooling, I/O etc ...


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noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

yea i only have server no rack to put it on but im giving it power through an adapter and it lights up 

noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

i saw a youtuber make it work without rack but i dont know how he did that

Torsten.
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

This one?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP1ign3ygzw

 

Looks like they mounted a fan at the top. However, you can easily destroy it that way and it will be rather useless without any I/O ...


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Jimmy Vance
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack


noorkoteb wrote:

i saw a youtuber make it work without rack but i dont know how he did that


Looks like he actually had a C7000 power supply, hacked up the cases and mounted fans. The video said something about changing switch settings,before it would power up. He was going to have to plug in USB NIC on the dongle as all the normal I/O comes out of the connector on the rear that plugs into the chassis backplane.

 

Maybe a fun experiment if you have a bunch of free time, but I'm sure there are eaier ways to DIY an old Xeon system

 

 

 

If you don't have the dongle to plug in the front, you have no video, no keyboard/mouse.




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noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

whats an I/O? im very new to servers

 

and yes that youtuber

 

noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

is I/O the cable that connects in front and has usb and connects to the monitor if so then i have that
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

The dongle that plugs in the front has video, USB, and a way to get to iLO.  The primary purpose of the dongle is for maintenance. The BL460 is a blade server, it doesn't have the normal connections like a regular PC or server as it is primarily designed to be run headless (without keyboard or video). The large connector on the back carries signals such as the NICs into the backplane of the chassis it plugs into.  The chassis provides the cooling, and I/O interconnects.

 

This server is not designed to be run as a stand-alone system. Could one cobble up some parts and pieces to make it work; probably, but why would you want too?

 

 




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noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

well the reason i want it is because i am making a minecraft server and i wanted to buy a server this server was cheap and has good cpu and ram to start with as my first minecraft server but i dont want to spend $5000 on a rack for a minecraft server the chasis is the rack right?

Jimmy Vance
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

No, the chassis is not a rack. The chassis mounts in a rack.

 

Good luck!




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noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

thanks

noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

ok so i have the dongle and i think that white usb thing in the pic is the nic i have a power supply running it and the nic isnt red its the picture above it

Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

I think in the videos you mentioned, the poster said he had to mess with a dip switch setting before he would get a green power up.  The NIC lights on the front are for the embedded NIC, which you don't have access to as they are embedded in the big connector coming off the back of the unit. You will have to use a USB NIC plugged into the dongle

 

Since he appears to have one working this way, your best bet would be to contact the youtube poster and ask for his assistance.

 

As a side note, be careful poking around in the unit or the power supply, i.e. dont zap yourself




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noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

thank you i have already contacted him he told me to turn all dip switches off which i have done but maybe its a diffrent case for me  ill try tinkering with the dip switches a bit and see if it works 

noorkoteb
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

still not working changed the dip switches a bunch of times health led still blinking red

dconnrt
Occasional Visitor

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

Hi,

 

Did you get this working (powering a BL460C on a single 12V PSU) ?

 

I'd love to be able to do the same thing - I have a few BL460C blades.  I do have the chassis and the PSUs and networking stuff but it weights a ton and the cost in electricity to power the whole chassis just to start up a single blade would not make it worth while

 

I saw the fellow on youtube looks like he has it working fine but I get the same result as you have been saying (power LED staying orange and not going green and the power led flashing red showing bad power).  I know the blade works fine if in the chassis.

 

thanks,

 

Derek 

Juanico
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Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

Try with this link

 

http://youtu.be/ibwdA6PIpo0

 

I have try with a standard pc power supply, but not work....    :(

Always get flashing green leds, with the SW1 (all to ON).

 

I have the SUV cable and 1 usb to RJ45 stick.

 

I'm still experimenting with different power supply.

 

wbmd
Occasional Contributor

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

WHY, is anyone looking to use a blade as a standalone server?  it is very easy to find a standalone 1 RU DL360 for very cheap which will not require a chassis to work.

Ony92
Occasional Visitor

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

Hey for starters sorry for bad eng.

I have a blade bl460c
Working on a 750w pc psu it must give at least 20A but I'm still waiting for the front dongle
And thinking wat im going to do for cooling
B.t.w dept switch only 5 must be on
nixeco2
Occasional Visitor

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

Please see my post

Maybe if there is enough interest HP will actually build a 2 u box.

I think it is almost criminal to sell this stuff without one.

Maybe there is a HP bench test setup that I don't know about.

Anyone with iodeas.

I have "hacked" too many yerars, these babies are too well engineered to just hack around with.

PS: I am a Silicon Valley veteran engineer of seventeen years also.

nixeco2
Occasional Visitor

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

We need a way to bench test these thins for one.

They are cool, for another.

Maybe I just like exotic HP hardware.

I would buy a C3000 but they are not easy to find cheap.

Even that is big.

I just want to tinker with them.

 

nixeco2
Occasional Visitor

Re: Hp Proliant BL460c g1 blinking red light *no rack

Sorry to bang on this topic so much, but if HP won't do the 2 u package for blade entry and testing, maybe the knockoffs can find a way.

This might be quite an obsticale technically and legally, but they may find a way.

I do not think that would be the best for everyone, but it might give cheap access to these servers.