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2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

 
Whimsickler
Advisor

2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Hello,

I just purchased this Server from a buddy, but didn't get any other disks that should've came with it. Here's my 2 questions:

1.) How do I access the bios? I hear I need a diskette to get into the bios. Where can I obtain this software or diskette? Can I dl it and just write it to my floppy?

2.) I wanted to reformat the HD's (1 9.1 gb, and 3 18.2 gb's). I hear there's a special way do doing that also. How would I go about it?

Please help. Thanks!

Whimsickler
19 REPLIES
Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

anyone? :) (bump)
Dave_180
Valued Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

If it were me - I'd get a System Erase Disk. This will clear the disk and make all the previous configuration invalid so you can have your way with it.

http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/17918.html

The easiest way to set up a server is with a SmartStart CD (5.5) is the last version that is used with the 1600. I'm not sure if you'd be able to get your hands on one or not. Maybe see if your buddy can hook you up.

The rest of the firmware and drivers are all here which should give you a few more things check out.

http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/locate/20_1126.html

Have fun.
Martin Breidenbach
Honored Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

The BIOS setup program is disk based. You can run it from floppy disk, SmartStart cd or hard drive.

If you install the system using the SmartStart cd it will create a system partition that contains setup and can be accessed by pressing F10 during POST.

Do you have an array controller ? If yes you probably need the Array Configuration Utility (ACU). ACU can be accessed from SmartStart CD (which you don't seem to have) or downloaded and run from floppy disk. Later it can be installed on the harddrive and run while the OS is running.

Try to get a SmartStart cd (version 5.5 or older, 5.5 is best, 6.x is for newer systems).
Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Hello Fellas,

THANK YOU FOR THE REPLIES! :) I will ask my buddy again if he can get me the SmartStart CD's. I will give your advices a try...Thanks again!

Whim

Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

hhmmm...doesn't look like i'll be able to get these cd's from my buddy...the only way for me to get them would be to call hp for them. i tried to contact them today, but their office was already closed...i'm just wondering how much would the smartstart cd's 5.5 cost? thanks!

Whim
Martin Breidenbach
Honored Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

I don't know the price, sorry.

But all drivers etc can be downloaded from the HP web site:

http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/locate/20_1126.html

Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Hello Folks,

OK, I managed to get my hands on SmartStart CD's version 4.90...I was going to do the assisted installation, but that requires the Compaq Server Profile Diskette. Can I grab this online? Thanks!

Whim
Leon Rosier
Respected Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

You can create a profile diskette yourself.

Format a floppy and create a file on it named SPD.ini

You can use notepad for it.

Leon
Dave_180
Valued Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Another way if you are a DOS man -

Command prompt - edit spd.ini - save and exit.

The assisted install can sometimes get goofy - the Manual config can be a little less of a pain - in my opinion.

4.9 is a good version to use - seemed to be pretty stable. You can always update a lot of the 'goods' later.

Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

was wondering if i can just use this one:

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/7453.html

Whim
Leon Rosier
Respected Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

You could use that one too.

Leon
Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

OK...

Here's my plan:

-Run the System Erase disk (Thanks Dave); this should delete all the partitions from what I understand (but will it also format them, or would I have to do something else to format my HD's properly?).
-Then run the Assisted Installation from the SmartStart CD I recently obtained; then install Windows 2K ADV Server...

*These are my current HD setups:
1.) 18.2GB
2.) 18.2GB
3.) 18.2GB
4.) 9.1GB

As you can see, the 18.2GB is where the OS is loaded. I wanted to switch #4 to #1, making my 9.1GB as my Master HD. If I do this, should I do the swap first before running System Erase, or should I do the swap of HD's after I run the System Erase Utility?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Whim
Leon Rosier
Respected Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

You can do the swap before or after. As long as it is before you install the software.

Leon
Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Leon,

Here's what I did: Swapped my 9.1 with my 18.2 (so the 9.1GB became the MASTER HD). Then I ran the System Erase Utility. Then booted the SmartStart CD. It kept saying that there was a previous installation in there, hence I couldn't get it to install my OS. So I reswapped my HD's again...Making my previous MASTER HD (18.2GB) back to MASTER. Did the System Erase, then Booted off of SmartStart CD's...Now the Installation has started. Was wondering why I couldn't get my 9.1GB to do the installation? Any ideas? Thanks!

Whim
Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

I'm getting these errors if I swap and make my 9.1 as MASTER:

172 System configuration nonvolatiole memory invalid
Initialization aborted
172-1 Configuration nonvolatile memory invalid

162 System options not set

Am I supposed to do something to the HD's to make the switch?

Whim
Leon Rosier
Respected Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Your bootdisk should be seated at slot with id 0. These error messages are normal, you have to run scu to configure your machine. This can be done with smartstart or from diskettes

Leon
Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Hello Leon,

I was just doing some searches on Array Configuration Utility. I came across two links that has it, but unsure on which one I should download. Please advice...Thanks!

Links:

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/15700.html

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/7649.html


Whim
Leon Rosier
Respected Contributor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

You need the system configuration utility:

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/13227.html

I don't think you need the array configuration utility since there is no raid controller in the system, or is there?

Leon
Whimsickler
Advisor

Re: 2 Questions (Proliant PL1600R)

Hello Leon,

You're right!, my server doesn't have an Array Controller :( Too bad, but nonetheless, I configured it for RAID 5 (Software but still).

I finally sorted out my 9.1GB to be my main OS HD...It's all configured now so it's all set...All I have to do is upgrade the Drivers....Thanks for all the help, everyone!!!

Whim