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SCSI drive configuration and boot problems

Posted on 2006-07-14
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I posted a question about this same computer previously.  I thought this problem was solved but not so.  We have a dual Pentium 4  HP  4000 with a Seagate SCSI drive.  The computer began to lock up and sometimes allow reboot and sometimes not because it would recognize the hard drive sometimes and sometimes not.  From the answers to last question I posted I thought we had it fixed.  However, shortly after, problem began again.  The machine is running Windows 2000 server.  When it began to lock up again, it would give message that event log was full.  I made some changes to the way it was logging which seemed to prevent the logging error message but the machine would still lock up after a period of operation of less than one day.  I have obtained another SCSI drive and am now trying to install and boot from that drive to see if my problem is in the old drive or with some other part of the machine.  I have removed the other drive and connected the new drive.  I attempted to load Windows 2000 Server on the new drive by booting from CD.  During setup process, I pushed F6 and loaded the SCSI driver and Windows proceeded to load until point of first reboot during installation process.  After the reboot, the computer could not seem to find the new drive to continue installation and failed to boot.  This computer has built in SCSI controller, but I have very little SCSI experience and am not sure how to configure all aspects.  I currently have the drive set to ID 1 by use of jumpers.  I did not know if it needed to be set to 0.  Any help on any of the above issues would be appreciated.  I need to get this machine back up and running or at least determine why it will not run.  Also, I would like to know how to disable the lengthy RAM test at boot up.  I have enabled the Quick Boot option in the Phoenix BIOS but test still runs.  
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by:Zuhir Elgmati
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about the 1st Issue here's the Answer : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/160783/
2nd Issue : look at this : http://www.panamcomp.com/nexsan/scsicfg.asp 
3th Issue how to disable the lengthy RAM test at boot up : ( if you give us the right model of your pc i will show you exactly how to desible it )
http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles/archive/l0803/14l03/14l03.asp&guid= 
if it's not work just give us the model of your PC
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The machine is an HPx4000 workstation with Hewlett-Packard X4000 System Board and Phoenix Bios IU.W1.16US.  During startup BIOS is listed as 4 release 6.  
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by:Zuhir Elgmati
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what about my Answers ? noting working ?
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by:Zuhir Elgmati
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this PDF file Show you how to Install and config your SCSI Card
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/lpv38540/lpv38540.pdf
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Zuhir Elgmati earned 500 total points
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and this File  Clear u r BIOS & SCSI configration
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/lpv37863/lpv37863.pdf
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by:dur2348
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I have reattached first drive and rebooted.  The machine did reboot.  I have not changed registry settings as yet.  The SCSI BIOS utility that runs at boot up is showing multiple partitions on the hard drive assigned to different SCSI ID's.  It was also doing this with the new drive when I tried to boot from it.  So I assume I have done something to the SCSI configuration.  I looked at the SCSI configuration website you referenced but I am still unsure as to what changes to make in the Symbios Configuration Utility on this machine that I can enter during boot up.  When the first drive was running correctly, there were two partitions; one with Windows 2000 Pro and one with Windows 2000 Server.  I still need to disable memory check at boot up because it considerably slows trouble shooting process.  Thanks for your help.
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by:dur2348
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I have now reinstalled win 2K server and will be testing to see if some corruption of operating system might have been causing problem.  I have been dellayed in tackling this problem for some time now and am now back to trying to fix.
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After reinstalling 2K server the machine continued to have problems.  Finally, I dowloaded a BIOS update from HP even though it was the same version as the machine was running.   I flashed the BIOS with the option set to flash the BIOS even if it was the same version.  So far, the machine has been running and booting correctly.  I awarded the points to zuhairGrnaty for pointing me to the BIOS.  Thanks for the help.
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you are welcom , and nice to hear that your resolved your issue .
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