IBM server will not complete boot up

Posted on 2007-11-19
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
We started having network connection problems on Friday and then found that our IBM x226 server would not fully boot until you had pressed F1 or F12.

In trying to resolve the problem I had to reboot a couple of times and on my last attempt when I pressed F12 it just hangs on "Entering boot set up ,,,,,,,"

I couldn't find a recovery floppy, but having said that, it's not even getting as far as being able to boot off a floppy.

Any ideas please.



Question by:mikeabc27
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Author Comment

ID: 20317631
Sorry it says "Entering Boot Menu......" and hangs
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Expert Comment

ID: 20319368
Bios or firmware corupted or missing file. You can download the update version and reflash your bios + firmware. Here is the link to download:


Author Comment

ID: 20320529
I had the problem very late last night and not thinking clearly.

I went into the office today at 8.30am GMT and everything up and running before any staff arrived 15 minutes later.

As soon as I unplugged the HP USB DAT drive everything worked perfectly.

I have to run SBS SP1 and Server 2003 SP2 at the weekend and hope that sorts the USB issue.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20356890
make sure to edit the boot list in the BIOS if you need it plugged in permanently, so that it doesnt hang on startup.

Author Comment

ID: 20434317
noisy cricket - not sure if adding it to the boot lisy in the BIOS will make any difference, it's been fine for 20 months.

Do you men the boot.ini which reads:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server" /fastdetect

Not sure how I need to edit this if this is what you mean.

Please advise.



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Expert Comment

ID: 20434359
Hold F1 during Post install to get in bios and change usb option enable


Author Comment

ID: 20437997

If the USB DAT drive is plugged in and I press F1 it just sticks on Entering Setup....

Turn it off and I can get in and under Startup Options it shows Legacy USB Support as Enabled.

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mikeabc27 earned 0 total points
ID: 20928116
Whatever we tried the server would not fully boot with the USB HP DAT drive connected and we have now replaced this with an internal IBM LTO2 drive.

Many thanks for your ideas.


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