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Proliant 1600 not booting after bios flashing

 
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Jens Bjerre
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Proliant 1600 not booting after bios flashing

I have just flashed the bios of an proliant 1600/400 p08 server with a bios from 08/17/1998 to the newest version on the website.
But now the machine wont boot and just keeps beeping 2 long beeps and then a lot of short ones. I then searched through the files on the flashing disk and found out that this disk should not have been used to upgrade a bios this old. Is there any way of restoring the old bios? When i flashed the bios i got an error that there was not enough space on the disk to save the current bios so i dident.
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JohnWRuffo
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Re: Proliant 1600 not booting after bios flashing

Jens:

Have you already tried to update the bios again ( http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/9343.html ) Yes... again but with a new diskette.

If you have tried again and the diskette install still does not apply, then do the following:

Power off the server and open the server up.

1. Set configuration switches 1, 4, 5, and 6 on the system maintenance switch block to ON to enable disaster mode.
2. Insert the new bios diskette in the floppy.
3. Power on the server. The keyboard, mouse and monitor are now all inactive.
4. The server will make 2 long beeps, to indicate that it is in Disaster Recovery Mode, and you should insert the ROMPaq diskette.
5. The server reads the diskette for the latest ROM image.
Note: If the diskette is not in place, the system continues to beep until a valid ROMPaq diskette is inserted.
6. The ROMPaq diskette will flash the system ROM.
7. If the flash is sucessful, then the server will issue a series of beeps in an assending order.
8. After successful completion of this process;
a. Power down the server
b. Reset configuration switches 1, 4, 5 and 6
c. Power up the server as usual.

You can use the ProLaint 1600 Maintenance and Service Guide for reference:
http://h200006.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/UCR/SupportManual/TPM_179480-001_rev3_us/TPM_179480-001_rev3_us.pdf
Be sure not to change the settings on the switch with a block of four switchs, only the block with six switches.

Let me know if you don't get the bios re-flashed?
-john
Enjoy!
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JohnWRuffo
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Re: Proliant 1600 not booting after bios flashing

You can also try to flash with the older bios (v4.12) here if the later version does not take:
http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/7504.html

If this version is accepted, then you can update to the newer version normally with the diskette update process.
Enjoy!
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Jens Bjerre
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Re: Proliant 1600 not booting after bios flashing

Thinks for the help

I will try both but the first dosent seem to work. The machine does access the disk but since i cant see what it is doing i dont know if it is the right thing.

Jens Bjerre
Occasional Advisor

Re: Proliant 1600 not booting after bios flashing

Think you so much it worked flashing with the older version! How relived i am!
JohnWRuffo
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Re: Proliant 1600 not booting after bios flashing

I am glad I could help you. You should be able to step up to the most up to date version now (i.e., v4.14) and have the latest bios installed.

Let me know if you need any other help! -john
Enjoy!
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