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Proliant 1600 P500 (Dual CPU)

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Scott Sutherland_1
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Proliant 1600 P500 (Dual CPU)

I have a Proliant 1600 PIII 500. It looks to me that I have a dual slot for another CPU. I've order Smart Start 5.5 to help me solve a video problem so I'm hoping this would help in configuring the dual processor(if yes to the next question). Here is my questions. First, can this Proliant handle two CPU processors and the second do they need to run at the same speed .i.e do I buy another P3 500 or could I buy another P3 600.
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G. Vrijhoeven
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Re: Proliant 1600 P500 (Dual CPU)

Sunil Jerath
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Re: Proliant 1600 P500 (Dual CPU)

Hello Scott,
Yes this server is a dual CPU system. You do need the same speed CPU. I have seen CPU mixing between 733 & 800 but not between 500 & 600. Please do update the system bios before you do any upgrades. There, in that case I would be using same stepping/speed CPU. Here is the right part no which you would need to order since the kit does include the Processor Power Module as well.

6/500 Pentium III 512K Processor Option Kit 401268-B21**

NOTE**: Note 1: To Upgrade 400-MHZ, 450-MHz, or 500-MHZ models to the 550-MHz or 600-MHz or when upgrading a 550-MHz to the 600-MHz model, installation of an additional Thermal Upgrade Option Kit (144003-B22) is required. Failure to install this kit when upgrading may cause damage to the server and will void the warranty.

Regards,
Scott Sutherland_1
Occasional Advisor

Re: Proliant 1600 P500 (Dual CPU)

Thanks Guys for the Info... Great Help.

One more question for Sunil Jerath. My Computer System Bios is P08 (11/08/2000) would this be the most recent version for the Proliant 1600.

Thanks Again.
George Rayer
Frequent Advisor

Re: Proliant 1600 P500 (Dual CPU)

I also ordered SmartStart - except they told me that version 6.2 was the latest for the 1600.
As I'm impatient, I downloaded the drivers from http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/locate/7_1126.html
I've just upgraded my PII 450 to a dual processor.
I changed the "Standard PC" to an "MPS Multiprocessor PC" and then selected in the SCU (BIOS) "Full Table (Mapped)" for APIC. If you need any more info I can help.
In response to your Q to Sunil, yes, you have the latest BIOS, even though the file to download is later (because it's been packaged by HP, I suspect).
Martin Breidenbach
Honored Contributor

Re: Proliant 1600 P500 (Dual CPU)

George: SmartStart 5.50 is the last version which supports server with system partition.

SmartStart 6.0 and above are for the new G2/G3 servers with ROM based setup utility (RBSU) which no longer need (or use) a system partition.