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Prolient 1500 NO POST NO VIDEO

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Prolient 1500 NO POST NO VIDEO

I have a p1500 dual p166 machine I recently purchased, Problem is UPS dropped it in shipping and decided to not cover it on the insurace, I have stripped it,repaired the damage to the case, inspected all the boards and such for dammage prior to reassembly, but now I get no video, and no post, the LEDs light on the cdrom, floppy, and all 5 drives in the array blink on & off like its maby trying to do something, I think maby the switches on the processor board may be wrong, posibly moved on impact, but I cant find any specs anywhere for it. part # 222958-001
Can anyone help?? maby have either a known good setting for them or a spec sheet? suggestions?
Honored Contributor

Re: Prolient 1500 NO POST NO VIDEO

Hi Bob,

The only configurable switchpack on the board is unlikely to cause your problem.
Unless switch 1 has been set to on (disable onboard video). Maybe the previous owner had a different video card installed and took it out before selling it but forgot to put this switch back to the off position.

I suspect a jumper has fallen off somewhere however or worse still there is a hairline crack on the system board caused by the transport issue. This won't be easy to locate.

Are you getting any beep codes when it's powered up?

I have attached the Maintenance and Service Guide for the tower model (Approx 600Kb). The SMG for the rack model is over 2Mb so I can't attach it due to the forum limit. The system board and error codes are common.

This might help identify components and certainly with beep codes if you get any.

Good luck.

Occasional Visitor

Re: Prolient 1500 NO POST NO VIDEO

No Beep Codes... No Post Codes...Just led activity on hard drives. There is however a second switch pack on the processor board simmaliar to the one on the main board. i have a diagram on the inside of the case for the mainboard settings just nothing on the Processor board. it has the dual p 166 board part #222958-001 I believe it was replaced with 222959-001
Thanks for the spec sheet Ill see what I can find, I did find a capasitor /diode knocked off on the processor board today, I replaced it with one from another board, but still nothing. Thinking I may need some boards.
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: Prolient 1500 NO POST NO VIDEO


try to put any other additionl vedio card to check or try the following process to verify other way out.


Power down the server that contains the system ROM that needs to be restored.
Open the server chassis and record the default positions of the switches on the server's Configuration Maintenance Switch Pack. If possible, obtain the revision level of the System ROM firmware originally loaded. This information can be obtained from an INSPECT or Survey Report.

Set configuration switches 1, 4, 5, and 6 on systems with 6 switches, or switches 1,2,3 and 4 on systems with 4 switches on the system maintenance switch block to the ON position. Setting these switches to the ON position enables Disaster Recovery Mode on older ProLiant servers.

Insert the ROMPaq diskette into the diskette drive.

Power up the target server. The keyboard, mouse, and monitor will all be inactive.
When the server has powered up, the server will make two long beeps to indicate that it is in Disaster Recovery Mode. For systems with the Integrated Management Display, check the IMD display for: "Insert ROMPAQ diskette".

Insert the System ROMPaq diskette in the server's diskette drive. Check the IMD display for: "ROMPAQ flashing ROM". Then, the server will read the ROMPaq diskette for the latest ROM image and will proceed to flash the system ROM on the target server.

Flashing the System ROM should take a few minutes to complete. The procedure will take longer to complete on servers with Redundant ROMs since it is flashing two images; the primary and redundant.

Listen for a sequence of ascending (increasing) tone beeps after flashing is complete. Check for a message in the IMD that will indicate a successful operation is completed. The diskette drive may appear to still be in use, but the procedure is complete per the IMD messages and ascending tone beeps.

If the flashing fails, check for a message in the IMD display indicating the failure, and listen for a series of descending beeps will be generated. A second attempt should be made just in case the procedure should complete on that iteration. A quick series of beeps indicates successful completion of the system ROM recovery process.

When the disaster recovery process has successfully completed:

Remove the ROMPaq diskette from the drive and power down the server.

Return configuration switches 1, 4, 5, and 6 to their original positions.

Reassemble the server chassis.

Power up the server as usual

Prashant S
Nothing is impossible