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Problem installing HPux on BL860c blade.

John Z
Occasional Contributor

Problem installing HPux on BL860c blade.

I have a BL860 blade in a c3000 enclosure. The enclosure does not have an internal DVD. I do have an HP external DVD USB drive. I get the same error when installing this way via the USB connected DVD drive as well as with Vmedia.

Basically, the 11.31 (march/08) media install starts and gets to the point where it loads the ram disk and then hangs. If I use an 11.23 (december/07) disk it gets beyond this point but comes up with a banner saying that "No more output will be displayed, this is a serial console". And then hangs. If I connect a monitor to the VGA port on the dongle I don't get any output, so apparantly the console is not being redirected to the vga port.

This is very frustrating and I dont know where to go from here. The blades have had the firmware upgraded on them not too long ago.

Thanks for any help!

Rob Weirick
Occasional Visitor

Re: Problem installing HPux on BL860c blade.

I think the problem is with the console input/output/error settings. We need to get into EFI and change them.
From your ITRC post it looks like you need to do the following:
Get into the EFI boot manager.
Select "Boot Option Maintenance Menu"
Then, select "Select Active Console Output Devices",
You're given a set of options to set, I typically use Acpi(PNP0501,00000000,40000000)/Uart(9600 N81)/VenMsg(Vt100+) for a serial connection.
If you want to use the VGA, i believe you need to clear the serial connection, and then set it to Acpi(PNP0501,00000000,40000000)/Uart(9600 N81)/VenMsg(PcAnsi).
Save settings fo NVRAM, and then repeat for input and error devices.
this _should_ take care of your problem. The installation appears to hang simply because you no longer see the console
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Problem installing HPux on BL860c blade.


I'd try the following:
Newer 11.31 install media.

Get the firmware checked and upgraded on the blade. You can probably do that yourself.

Since you already upgraded the firmware, maybe you installed a buggy release and need another new one.

Disks and cd-roms that connect to USB are generally not supported on HP-UX servers.

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Problem installing HPux on BL860c blade.

Check the console setting, example from EFI:

fs0:\diags\ODE> conconfig


Index Primary Type Device Path
----- ------- ----- ----------
1 P Serial Acpi(HWP0002,PNP0A03,0)/Pci(1|2)
2 S VGA Acpi(HWP0002,PNP0A03,0)/Pci(4|0)

also check


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