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System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Brian_329
Advisor

System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

After creating 4 disks from SP19619.exe, including one that was supposed to be a boot disk, I start having problems. Here they are:

Missing command.com. Where is the file and which version do I need? Do I not have because of a corrupt download or is the SP corrupt? Also, I get a message saying the config.sys is bad or missing. More specifically, "Error in Config.sys, Line 0. As a FYI, Line 0 is: "Buffers = 30"

Help is appreciated. Thanks.
11 REPLIES
SAKET_5
Honored Contributor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Hi Brian,

Could you provide more info please...

what server model, what OS, etc?

regards,
Roger Faucher
Honored Contributor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Brian:

I can only assume that some corruption occurred either during the download or during the extraction process.

Make a great day!

Roger
Make a great day!

Roger
Steve Kadish
Trusted Contributor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

You might want to try formatting the disk as a system disk *before* extracting the service pack onto it.

Good luck,
- Steve
Brian_329
Advisor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Here is yet another twist. Ok. So just maybe the download was corrupt. So I try not one, not two, but three SmartStart CD to create a copy of the System Configuration Utility. I still get the same error when I boot from the first disk. To add some further detail that might help, the server has no partitions, including the system one that SmartStart installs. It was wiped a while back. The server will not load with the SmartStart CD, so I figure Ok, I'll create the System Configuration Utility on floppy and use that as my starting point. Since then my progres has been severly stalled in the mud. Someone must have run into this before. I have tried reseating the drives and other stuff. Nothing.

In answer to the question posed by Saket, Proliant 3000.
Roger Faucher
Honored Contributor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

I know it's a long shot but I'd try updating the BIOS from here:

http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/locate/69_1112.html#4

and if that doesn't help, you may have a hardware problem.

Make a great day!

Roger
Make a great day!

Roger
pudellek
Advisor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Don't need command.com. Shell is SD2.EXE.
Just successfully upgraded my Proliant 5500 using sp16916's floppies - no problems.
If system partition not exists, you may create it.
Newer Compaq servers will not boot from system partition, however.

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

I have the same problem almost every time I have to make boot floppies for Rompaq's or whatever. I now have a dedicated DOS machine (win 95 or 98) and use that to create the floppies. For whatever reason, every time I try it on an NT, XP or W2K machine, I get the error command.com not found.
pudellek
Advisor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

I think Brian wants to boot from already created syscfg floppies and not execute sp19619.exe.

If I execute sp19619.exe on a XP machine, it proceeds as normally - a DOS box pops up and the SP files get extracted. And surely well I can go on, execute QRST5.exe and get my 4 syscfg floppies created. And the 1st of the set is bootable and does boot.
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Brian_329
Advisor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Thanks to all who have taken time to reply and sorry for not responding back sooner. To answer the questions/remarks posted since my last reply on this subject:

Have not yet updated Bios. Considering it though. Ok, someone what is the difference between SP19619 and SP19616? Is the SP19616 newer? The machine I used to create the floppies was a Windows 9x machine. No errors. Everything seemed to work fine during the extraction, but obviously the command.com was not copied and the config.sys might have been corrupted during the extraction process. Pudellek, you say you have no problems booting with floppies that were created from a PC running Win 2k or Win XP? What happens if you create them from a PC running Win 9x? Well, I hope this is enough to jump start this discussion again and I hope I answered all that replied with suggestions to me. Thanks.
Brian_329
Advisor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Been a long time and have not heard nothing? Still would appreciate any suggestions, if anyone has one. Thanks.
Stephen Kebbell
Honored Contributor

Re: System Configuration Utility on 3 1/2 Floppy Disk

Hello,

is it just the SCU floppy that won't boot? Can you boot from another bootable floppy (e.g. ROM Update disks)?
You could try creating the system erase floppy and running that. You can create it from SmartStart or download it:
http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/17918.html
Then see if you can get any further.

Regards,
Stephen