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After new equiment was installed in my mums place of work I was offered a couple of small computers and a small server which I took. The small computers are less powerful than the one I have already but the server came with 2x550mhz pentium 3's a 9GB HDD and 256MB's RAM. My question is can this server be used a stand-alone PC to replace the one I have now (Packard Bell Pulsar 23) and if so how should it be configured, It has an scsi device in it directly connected to the HDD with two fans behind it. The HDD has been formatted by the original owner. I've tried fdisk to create a partition, WIN98SE and ME boot disks with my CD's to run setup but I just cant get to the stage where it normally will say copying windows files. Please Help, I only got this thing today and would love to make it work. I've done all this stuff on a normal machine but is obviously different on one of these.

Many Thanks.
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Yes, but 9x/ME won't support the multi processors
is the bios for the scsi enabled?

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I'm not sure steven. I just want to clear this thing so that I can start again really. I've pulled out a PCI controller, A Adaptec PCI AHA-2940 with onboard BIOS, Disconnected a small tape drive unit and a CONEXANT PCI modem but I still cant get it to accept an O/S please stay with me on this as I would love to get it up and running. I know it all works I just need lots of help from you guys.
Top Expert 2004

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put back in the adaptec , and hook the scsi drive to it. This is the only drive in the machine correct?
Is the drive recognized on post?

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Thanks for the help here Stevenlewis,
Steven...The Adaptec AHA-2940AU was in a PCI slot and only connected via a cable to a Small tape drive unit nothing else. The SCSI board is a big-ish board that has 1 slot with the HDD in it and 4 slots free and is connected to the motherbored via a foxconn 080-0003-192 cable and another foxconn cable which displays LED's on the front panel.
I Am very grateful for your help with this.
Top Expert 2004

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this article might help
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q133285
again does the drive show up when you power up the machine and it lists the hardware?
what error messages do you get? Is the cd recognized?

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Hi,
Yes everything shows at the P.O.S.T but...
I get errors 8110 server management failed to function.
And error 8112 BMC in update mode.

I have got this system to work using Win2k Pro but it still throws up these errors and will not shutdown. The monitor shuts off but the 2x processor fans, power supply fan, Front fan and 2 SCSI fans keep running.

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Top Expert 2004
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the other thing I recommend is go to the motherboard mfg site and get the latest bios flash for it

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Think I'll just have to keep plugging away at this one. Thanks for the help anyway.
Top Expert 2004

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You shouldn't have accepted a comment until we get this
when do these error messages appear?
what does it say in event viewer?

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Steven. The errors still come straight after the part where POST ends and windows runs, These errors show for about 1/50th of a second (I needed good reactions on the pause button to get them :) but they don't seem to affect the system. I was worried about the shutdown though, Turns out this system waits 20 minutes before the 6 fans go off. I got a bit more info today from INTEL on the l440gx+ which helped a bit. The bios has the latest update, The scsi controllers are on the mobo I thought it was on a card but found that this card (a PCI controller) may be to do with networking. Now all the PCI slots are available and a sound card fills the only ISA slot. The Adaptec card was also some sort of network device (also removed).
Device manager shows NO problems now apart from a device I have disabled. I have had a look for the event log but it responds with "unable to complete the operation on System Log the interface is unknown"
Other than this and a few driver problems things are looking better now.

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I spoke too soon. Same 2 errors coming up again and shutdown problems too.
Top Expert 2004

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I'm gonna have some other experts check this out and see if they can help out here. I haven't been able to find out anything yet about those two errors, but am still researching.
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Oribiter, while you can use that box as a standalone or in a small at home LAN, you will need to reinstall the pieces to make it run correctly. You may not be able to run Win98, but certainly any of the Windows 2000 versions including Pro.

The errors you are seeing are coming from Intel server manager software.

Get everything back together and then let's go from there.

Although I suspect those 3 hard drives are SCSI, you will need to confirm this for me. Also, that's a nice setup given that it was free!

Dennis

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Thanks Steven for your help.
Its getting to the point now where I Wish I could just put 98SE or ME on this HDD but have never been able to do so. Win2kpro is a pain in the butt for home use. I've tried fdisk and format c: but only from a 98SE/ME floppy boot disk. Is It possible to convert this drive back to a FAT32 for 98/ME or does the hardware determine things here with this being a server board.
I believe I have a good system here but I just can't get it to work properly.
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Thanks Den, I knew I could count on you
Steve
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BTW, here's the manual for the SKA4 Server Board and Memory Module

http://www.silicon.hu/letoltes/SGI1450_MotherBoard_TechD.pdf

You should try and get your hands on the server CD ROM disk as it has some necessary software.

If that is a Dell PowerEdge 8000 series server, this might help too!

http://support.jp.dell.com/docs/systems/sdiam/en/it/mess.htm
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Orbiter, you may be able to get that system working with 98, but you need to get back to the beginning in order to do so. That MB requires certain components be in place.

Please confirm exactly the type of those 3 hard drives, eg: scsi or IDE.

By pulling the scsi card and other devices on that server, you inadvertantly scrambled the setup.

Get the components back in and we'll see if we can get into the management software.

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Dennis,
Sorry If my original question was wrongly put but I only have one hard drive. (9GB) This system is not online or internaly networked, Its just a stand alone pc which I would like to use with my new digital camera software, But I can't get this system to run/shutdown properly. It has nothing in it.
The cards that where in the system were-
ADAPTEC AHA-2940AU
TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS PCI CONTROLLER V1.4

And a PCI modem (I CAN'T EVEN FIND DRIVERS FOR THIS) The chip on it is a CONEXANT and the part number is 9001003 there is another sticker on it with LCS-8060-R2 if this helps any.

Many Thanks to you.

John


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The HDD is a scsi.

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Both the PCI cards are now back in. ADAPTEC AHA-2940AU and
TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS PCI CONTROLLER V1.4 Which in system devices always comes up with a yellow ? I dont know what this device is but do understand that it has no drivers to make it work.
Thanks for sticking with me on this.
 

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Just incase it helps any, The MB I have is on this page.
http://developer.intel.com/design/servers/l440gx/

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I believe there is a disk for this MB which I don't have. Anyone know what this disks for or If I can get hold of one please.

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orbiter5,
two year's later did you solve your problem?

I have the same Intel motherboard and the same problem;
 8110: server management interface failed to function and
 8112: BMC in update mode

Please can you help me?
Kind regards, Frans

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fvdlet,

I tried over a long time to sort this out but eventualy got fed-up with it, although I'm sure there may have been something wrong with motherboard as the system i had suffered from on/off twitches too. I think it nay have been dropped at some stage. I ended up stripping it and just keeping the working internals.

Sorry I'm not able to give you a more helpful answer.

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Thanks, but I find out the problem and solve it.
If you are intresting how, I will you explane..

Flash the ROM file from the intel side.

http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df/filter_results.asp?strOSs=All&strTypes=BIO%2CDRV%2CUTL&ProductID=315&OSFullName=All+Operating+Systems&submit=Go%21

this file

  Baseboard Management Controller Firmware Update [tbxbmc57.exe] (356KB)

After the fash, reset the CMOS and in de server option of the BIOS say YES to reset.

Kind regards, Frans.

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