Dell 1855 - Boot from CD-Rom & other basic questions.

Posted on 2006-05-02
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
We've recently acquired a Dell 1855, that we've got populated with 4 blades.  I've got it mounted, powered up, and ready to go.  Except for the fact that i can't get any of the blades to recognize/boot from the supplied USB CD-Rom. I've tried other blades, and i've tested the USB Cdrom.  I've tried other blades in other locations.  I've researched the appropriate BIOS settings, to no avail.  

Also (possibly related?), 3 out of the 4 blades blink amber LED's at me.  I can see in the web portal that there are warnings, but i don't know what to do to get detail to go about fixing/clearing them.  

any help at all would be *Greatly* appreciated.

Question by:MU-IT
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    I'm not sure about that machine, but most Dells will let you chose the boot device if you press F12 when you power on
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    hi there

    if u have a monitor connected i would suggest to run the dell builtin diagnostic tests

    # As the server module boots, press <F10> when u see the dell logo

    in the listed options select the option Boot TO utility partition

    From the utility partition main menu under Run System Utilities, select Run System Diagnostics

    and there select express test.

    this would run an express test on all the hardware connected and would elaborate the proper errors

    try to insert any data CD in the cdrom as while perorming diagnostics test it also checks whether the  cdrom is able to read data or not. Dont insert a video or audio CD as that would give u a error of CDrom. so use a data CD

    this test would help u identify the problem. As such this being a pretty new one u would have warranty available so call up dell support.

    u can find the solution alternatively by giving ur service tag number which is a 7 digit alpha numeric number on the dell support site



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    thanks for the replies folks.  As it turns out, the problem was a faulty front control panel.  The dell rep we called in replaced all four.  Problem solved.  

    I ran those diagnostics tests Bhanu, some neat stuff, but they all came back ok.  The only reason the Dell rep knew to replace it was that he'd done it to a few already.

    thanks anyway!

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    hi there

    your most welcome. i have handled most of the dell desktops as a dell tech, not the servers anyhow u got it up and running happy for that.

    Dell has the best support tools for troubleshooting so u can always take help of for troubleshooting on your own till the time the dell rep comes and visits ur place.

    happy computing


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