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Setting up Multiprocessor support after NT is installed

Ayman Altounji
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Setting up Multiprocessor support after NT is installed

Adding additional processors to a server after NT is installed. None of this will be necessary if the system already had two processors working correctly and you are only adding more after that.

Install the new processor(s) as noted in the manual for the system itself or that comes with the chips.

Then configure the server hardware to the correct the "APIC Mode" settings. You must start System Configuration and press 'CTRL a' at the first menu after selecting F10 during boot. This activates "Advanced Mode". Then enter System Configuration itself and follow the prompts to complete a basic configuration load. Select to "Review" the settings and then pick "View/Edit Details" from the menu. Look down the list to find "APIC Mode". Press enter on this selection and select "Full Table, Mapped" (or "Full Table" if only choice, depends on specific system). Once this has been done, exit and save changes.

The next step is to load the Multiprocessor HAL on NT. This is best accomplished with the latest Compaq NT SSD (for 3.51 or 4.0 specifically) as this utility will do a more reliable job of identifying the correct HAL for the system. Simply run SETUP.EXE from the SSD disk 1 and select the HAL upgrade (you may also install other drivers if desired, do NOT force all drivers to load as some may not work on your system).

Regards,
Compaq Support Forum
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Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Setting up Multiprocessor support after NT is installed

I'm about to upgrade a ProLiant 3000 running NT 4.0 from a single processor (1 x PII 333) system to multi-processor system (2 x PII 450).
I've tested the upgrade-method on a ProLiant 4500 and I have the following questions:
- I started setup.exe from the first NTSSD disk (v2.18a, created from the SmartStart CD 4.80). When I selected the HAL upgrade option I tried to find the HALSP.DLL on the SmartStart CD. The only HALSP.DLL I found was in the directory [cdrom:]\CpqSupSW\NT351SSD\HAL.351.
Can I use this HALSP.DLL for a NT 4.0 system or is this one specifically for 3.51?
- On my test-server, I selected the HALSP.DLL from my NT 4.0 ServicePack 5 directory. Is this version better/newer than the one on the SmartStart CD?
- On the Microsoft-site, there's a warning that the SSD upgrade-method does not update the CRC values for the replaced OS-files in the file
C:\Winnt\Repair\Setup.log. Is it still necessary to do this manually?
Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Setting up Multiprocessor support after NT is installed

Can somebody at Compaq please answer the questions I have asked before:
- Can I use the halsp.dll from the NT351SSD directory on the SmartStart CD?
- Should I use the halsp.dll from my NT SP5 directory?
- Is it still necessary to update the CRC-values in the setup.log file after running the Hal-upgrade method from the SSD disk?
Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Setting up Multiprocessor support after NT is installed

I use the SMARTSTART 5.10. Where can I find the NTSSD on this Smartstart? I only find the new Support Paq.
Thanks.