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Proliant DL320- adding a pci card.

Bill McLean_1
Occasional Visitor

Proliant DL320- adding a pci card.

Hi,
We have a pair of 320's. Have win2003 server loaded.
Need to add a PCI add-on parallel card to each,in the available PCI slot. Need to hang legacy dongles on them.
Installed comp usa off the shelf 32 bit pci PNP cards. No straps etc, just a dsp.
Server won't power up. removing card lets the server boot.
Found no Bios settings for PNP...
Whats the trick? Do I need a strappable card and define my own IRQ?

Please advise.
Thanks Bill
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Re: Proliant DL320- adding a pci card.

Hello Bill,
I would think if you used a strappable card and defined your own IRQ that might work I don't dell with this all the time so it is just a person opion and not a professional one.
I have just started to use win 2003 server so I am not to use to this operating system yet .

sorry I can't help more.
Adrian Fleisch
Occasional Visitor

Re: Proliant DL320- adding a pci card.

Hey Bill

I have the same problem. I have a 2 Serial RS-232 PCI card. After installing, the server won't boot. Removing the card and the server boot. Great. Do you have any solution?

thanks
adrian
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: Proliant DL320- adding a pci card.

Exactly what model DL320 are you trying to install into ?

What you'll probably find, is that you're trying to install a 5 volt PCI card into a 3.3 volt slot.

A few years back, we had to swap out 8 DL360G1's for DL380G1's which have onboard parallel ports, in order to install dongles, because we couldn't find anybody who manufactured a compatible parallel card to install...

Cheers,
Rob
Adrian Fleisch
Occasional Visitor

Re: Proliant DL320- adding a pci card.

hey Rob

We have a DL320 P4/3.0 GHz G2, with Firmware 4.09 D13-06/23/2004. And the card is a exsys EX-41092 (http://www.exsys.ch/english/ex_41092/ex_41092.html) It's a card with 3.3 or 5 voltage.
The card works fine when i try it on a compaq pc.
I have no idee what I can do, that the card works. Because I have to work in this server... :-(

regard adrian
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: Proliant DL320- adding a pci card.

Looking at the specs. you've supplied I agree it should work.
From what I recall of serial ports though, I thought that they had 5v signal lines - I think parallel ports are the same.

To make it work on a 3.3v bus they probably use some inverters to step up the voltage, which tend to draw quite a bit of current.

This high current draw from the PCI bus may be what's causing the machine not to boot.

Please note though, that I am just guessing here...

Cheers,
Rob