ProLiant Servers (ML,DL,SL)
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

DL320 - Motherboard replaced - no floppy to perform Rompaq

Colin Kennedy
Occasional Advisor

DL320 - Motherboard replaced - no floppy to perform Rompaq

We have a DL320 G4 with a video problem. The motherboard was replaced, but the bios must be old, because at boot it reports that the CPU is not supported, and that a Rompaq must be performed. Fine, but it insists on running the Rompaq from a floppy.
The Server has no floppy.
We have tried a Virtual floppy through the ILO, we have tried a USB floppy, we have tried an HP bootable pendrive, we have tried a bootable Proliant CD, we have tried going into Setup - nothing... It wants a floppy.

The server won't boot properly until the Rompaq has been run.

Any ideas....
5 REPLIES
RaMpaNTe
Trusted Contributor

Re: DL320 - Motherboard replaced - no floppy to perform Rompaq

Try clearing the NVRAM First, if the server is running with 2 procs, try taking one of them out of the server and its memory, so that you can boot with only 1 proc and its memory.

Then you can try Firmware Maintenance CD http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/25831.html

That CD is bootable and will update everything. If that does not work, you'll have to get a USB 2.0 Floppy drive and it has to be HP branded, other brands mostlikely will not work.

Regards,

RaMpaNTe
You heve a question... I have an aswer!!!
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: DL320 - Motherboard replaced - no floppy to perform Rompaq

hi,

USB Floppy drive is a good option to try out or else we have download the cd, like already updated in post

Prashant S.
Nothing is impossible
Colin Kennedy
Occasional Advisor

Re: DL320 - Motherboard replaced - no floppy to perform Rompaq

Nice try, but tried all that. It looks like the the server will only accept a Rompaq from a physical floppy drive. The message that it stops with is:
Insert Rompaq Diskette and press any key to continue.
If you press the any key, the screen blanks, like it's going away to check for a floppy disk, then returns with the same message. Neither the USB floppy drive, nor the CDRom drive are accessed.
It seems to me that there is a major design loophole here. The replacement motherboard (from HP Spares) bios is too old to support the current standard CPU, but you can't upgrade it without a physical floppy drive. Who orders a server these days with a floppy drive fitted, just in case you need to perform a low level bios update if your motherboard is replaced.
Looks like we will have to order a floppy drive from HP Spares, use it to upgrade the bios, then return it. A waste of everyones time and money.
Colin Kennedy
Occasional Advisor

Re: DL320 - Motherboard replaced - no floppy to perform Rompaq

Oh, forgot to mention that the internal floppy drive is proprietry. Can't just connect a standard one. Typical....
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: DL320 - Motherboard replaced - no floppy to perform Rompaq

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12365_div/12365_div.html

yes it is optional and it not standard.
so i would says go for the usb floppy drive.

Internal Storage
HP DL320G4 DVD-RW DRIVE OPT ALL 395498-B21
CD-ROM Drive Assembly Option Kit 372703-B21
Floppy Drive Assembly Option Kit 372702-B21
DVD-ROM Drive Assembly Option Kit 374303-B21

Prashant S.
Nothing is impossible