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Proliant 1600 questions

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Proliant 1600 questions

I got an old Proliant 1600 P-2 computer. Is it too old to be used as a small web server?
How to upgrade its RAM correctly? Can I use any chips or special only? Can I upgrade a CPU(s) too? where to buy? Can I add a HD from the front side? any limitations on size in Gb's? how to upgrade a graphic adapter?
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Re: Proliant 1600 questions

Here is the ProLiant 1600 (PII Model) maintenance guide:

You can upgrade this server to host upgraded processors and RAM if you can find them for sale:

You can load a total of 1GB of RAM:
Use 100 MHz, 32-, 64-,128-, or 256-MB; registered SDRAM DIMMs. Look for this part number:
317749-001 - 256Mb DIMM

You can install PII 400Mhz processors in your server without extensive modifications and replacement of the internal boards and such. You can look for this part number for the procssor:
313624-001 - 400Mhz Procssor

As far as the SCSI drives you can install, you will need to determine if you have a hot-plug or non hot-plug drive cage. Additionally, you need to determine if your server has a RAID controller installed or if you will be serving from the on-board SCSI controller. This will likely determine the max size of HDD you can install.

I have had luck with installing small PCI video cards (trident chipset) in the PL1600 but you will need to set SW1 switch one to on to disable the onboard video. This is located near the last PCI bus slot.

If you need drivers and software for the server, look here:
and then select your O/S of choice.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Proliant 1600 questions

The unit would make a fine Web server. And I agree with all you are planning.
Since it is a PII 1600, you are stuck with the 450MHz, though they made a PIII model later on and there is a replace systemboard available, but would it be worth the effort? You might as well buy an entire other unit, about the same price.
Memory we have, I would suggest you will need the maximum 1GB or 4 - 256MB modules.
As for hard disks, we have up to 300GB drives for "the front" as you put it, the Hot Plug bay.
Definately replace the graphics card, we have an inexpensive one we use for replacement that is great.
Hot Swap Hard Drives
Prashant (I am Back)
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Re: Proliant 1600 questions

hi it will give list of options :

WorldWide QuickSpecs - Compaq ProLiant 1600 Pentium II Models
QuickSpecs Revision 13 - Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - Retired Friday, March 31, 2000

WorldWide QuickSpecs - Compaq ProLiant 1600 Pentium III
QuickSpecs Revision 16 - Tuesday, August 15, 2000 - Retired Thursday, August 31, 2000

Only issu is with some other make memory even configuration is same it leads to errors some time. Where HP Parts are very expensive, since part cost and part storage and retention cost is there. which make it more costly.

Prashant S,
Nothing is impossible
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Re: Proliant 1600 questions

Proliant 1600R quesitons

I have a Proliant 1600R Pentium II computer that I used for quite awhile as a domain server and it worked pretty well. I had another one that had the 2 processors in it. I changed things out and somehow really ditched the whole system. Can't even get it to boot now. No video comes on the screen when i start it up. When i plug the CD rom in it does not operate at all. I'm at a loss what to do here. I would appreciate any guidance on where I can start to get this thing back online and operational. its a decent server for what I used it for. Anyone else had a mess like this ? Thanks much.