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parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

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Chris Flynn_1
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parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

I am looking for a list of parts that I would require to convert a prolaint 1200 pentium II to a dual 600mhz pentium III proliant 1600.
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Prashant (I am Back)
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Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Hi,

Proliant 1200 and 1600 having same board but the boards contain different ROM code.
We can upgrade pl 1600 to
450MHz Processor Option 313618-B21
Old models parts support can be a problem.

What are the component you are looking forward to upgrade

Regards,
Prashant S.


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Chris Flynn_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Hi Pashant.

I am looking for the part numbers of the following items:

1. Cpu board to allow me to fit dual processors, Can I still use the same cage?

2. I/O Board for pentium III 600Mhz, can I still use the same cage?

3. Would I need to install the thermal upgarde kit? I do have one but no instructions on how to install it.

I think that is all of the boards I need to change but I am not sure if that is correct.

I currently have a set of pentium III 600Mhz processors from a proliant 1600 so that is why I am upgrading the hardware to this level.


Thanks,
Chris
Brian_Murdoch
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Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Hi Chris,

If you have the CPU's and the correct corresponding VRM's from a PL1600 then all that you should really need is the I/O module (Compaq Spare Part Number 313621-001) and the processor board (Compaq Spare Part Number 313622-001). These are complete cages which replace your existing ones.

You will need the thermal kit but you only really require the foam air baffle which sticks to the lid of the 313622-001 cage. This guides air properly past the memory dimms and both CPUs and is essential for systems with 550Mhz CPU or above as without it you will cook the CPU's and get NMI parity errors eventually and lots of crashes.
The kit also includes a new fan which has a greater BTU than the old one. The new fan on the processor cage can be identified by its current rating which should be 0.80 amps.
If I remember correctly the old one, which is unsuitable for PIII above 550Mhz was 0.49 amps.

To be honest it would cost you a small fortune to buy the two cages so try a broker or even e-bay as complete PL1600 servers have sold for less than £100 before.

The later Proliant 1200's used a mixture of the same I/O cage and processor cage as the Proliant 1600 so check what you already have by looking at the white sticky labels on each of the modules. I'm pretty sure you will at least require the 313622-001.
Memory for the 313622-001 differs too from the older processor cage.

32Mb 100Mhz SDRAM -Spare Part 317747-001
64Mb 100Mhz SDRAM -Spare Part 317745-001
128Mb 100Mhz SDRAM -Spare Part 317756-001
256Mb 100Mhz SDRAM -Spare Part 317749-001

The existing power supply and interconnect backplane (Where the I/O and processor cages slot into) should be OK for the convertion.

I hope this helps,

Brian
Prashant (I am Back)
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Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

HI Brian Murdoch

Proliant 1200 and 1600 having same board but the boards contain different ROM code.The components, connectors, and switch settings are the same for the Compaq ProLiant 1600 and ProLiant 1200. But since rom code is deffirent so we can face problem. But part numbers are correct.

Regards,
Prashant S.
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Brian_Murdoch
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Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Hi Prashant,

Yes the rom code will differ, E35 instead of P8 I think but the I/O module may be flashed with the emergency boot procedure to fix this if its a 313621-001.

It is a bit confusing however as some of the Proliant 1200 documentation and service manuals show that the 313621-001 is in use with the later models and I also have a manual which shows that 313622-001 is in use but using a different I/O module. I am very familiar with the Proliant 1600 and have one for use testing tape units returned by engineers.

If Chris can verify the part numbers installed we can advise further.

Regards,

Brian

Chris Flynn_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Thanks guy for your help, I have had a look at the 1200 but don't hane a part number on the cage.

I mananged to get a 1600 cpu cage and board from a friend who had one spare so I think I have all of the parts to complete the upgarde now.

Cheers,
Chris
Brian_Murdoch
Honored Contributor

Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Chris,

Please do not forget about the thermal kit (especially fan and foam baffle). I was going to send the PDF file for the installation in my earlier e-mail but this exceeds the 1Mb attachment limit so I have cut and paste the relevant sections into the attached jpg image.

Good luch with the update. If you need any further advice just contact me at brian.murdoch@hp.com.

I have a foam baffle and correct fan if you want it for free.

Regards,

Brian
Chris Flynn_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Thanks Brian

Regards,
Chris
Chris Flynn_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Brian,

Can I get the complete document for the thermal upgrade kit. I can send you an email.

Regards,
Chris
Ryan Jennings
Occasional Visitor

Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

I have a 1600 with a PII 266 cpu. I also have a PIII 600 cpu that wasn't ever used in a proliant server. Is there anyway to put the PIII in my 1600?

Thanks,
Ryan
Brian_Murdoch
Honored Contributor

Re: parts required to convert a pentium II proliant 1200 to a dual 600Mhz pentium III proliant 1600

Hi Ryan,

The earlier PL1600 processor cages ran at 66Mhz (Your 266Mhz model for example). These don't support Pentium III CPU's which run at 100Mhz. The older VRM's are also different and the memory is 66Mhz type.

It wouldn't be economic to upgrade as you would need a new processor cage, memory, vrm etc.

Sorry,

Brian