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proliant dl360 +boot problems?

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I have been handed a second hand proliant dl360 server with a linux distro loaded on it.  When I boot the server is says (not exact words):

This server was designed for a different operating system:

(f1) to continue
(some other options)

I press f1 and the OS loads just fine.  I basically just want to know how to get rid of this message?  I have checked the bios and nothing jumps out at me.  It is a real pain to walk down to the server room if this thing needs to be rebooted.

Thanks
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by:alfalfa6945
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Go to http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/22678.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN  and burn to a CD. Boot from this CD and click the "Run System Configuration Utiity". Select "Review or modify hardware settings".  Go to "Step 3: View or edit details".
On the "Primary Operating System" line, hit enter. From this list, use "Unix" or "Other".

Voila, no more F1 and "designed for a different operating system" during boot. :)
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by:savone
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I may have the disk, what would it say on it? They left me like 125 CD's.
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by:alfalfa6945
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It should just be marked SmartStart (could be any version)
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by:savone
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Thanks found it, i will update you ASAP, Thanks for your help.
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by:savone
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I inserted smartstart v5 and I get:

This server is not supported with this version of smart start

error 10

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by:alfalfa6945
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Okay, what are the specs of your dl360? (ie processor speed) Or do you know of the generation number of the DL360 (ie G2, G3, etc)?

We just need the correct version of SmartStart is all. Reson for this is because as you may have noticed, the dl360 has no bios button (ie you can't just hit Del or F2 to enter bios). The CD is the way into the bios, someone has just set the bios to boot from likely a windows OS, hence the error on boot when you use Linux.
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by:savone
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actually one of the options listed after it says

This server was designed for a different operating system:

(f1) to continue
(some other options)

one of the options is f9 (or f8) which brings me into the bios and some other stuff... Can I do this from there?

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alfalfa6945 earned 500 total points
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Cool, did not know it would do that for you without the CD.
If you are in the bios, look for something like "Primary Operating System". You should be able to see somewhere in the bios then where to set this to either Linux, Unix, or Other (Linux may or may not be an option, depending on the age of the server bios).

Don't give up, this is the problem, we just have to find where to set it. Might still need the SmartStart version for this server in the end, but if you have a bios screen, it will be in there.
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by:savone
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Ok, after further messing around... here are the option I am given...

f1 - continue
f9 - Rom based setup utility
f10 - system maintenance setup
f12 - PXE boot

So I chose f10 and found system options.  The first option is system OS.  I set it to linux and exited.  It does the same thing, comes to this screen and waits for input.  I also tries selecting Other and it also does the same thing.  

any other ideas?
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by:savone
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BTW, i also found the generation number in the BIOS:  Its g3 and bios p31 5-1-2004

Processor info as posted by the bios:
intel 2.80GHZ 512KB l2 cache
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by:alfalfa6945
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Set it to Linux, then cold start (ie, shut it off and then turn back on).

The system partition isn't always installed, you seem to have it installed, which is good. But, SmartStart is the be-all-end-all for this problem if everything else fails. A complete shutdown of the server is in order also, not just a warm boot.
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by:savone
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Ok i will try a cold start and if that doesnt work i will try the CD, I may not be able to get to it for a while after today (going back to regular production on monday) :)
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by:savone
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Ok, I got it...

Thank you for your help, you were close but no cigar.

There is actually an option to enable/disable f1 prompt.   I set it to disabled and it now still gives me the other options for 2 seconds or so then just goes ahead and boots.

Thanks again for your time, I will award you some points anyhow.

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by:savone
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Lead me to the correct solution, thanks.
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by:fluffdune
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In System Setup, choose "Advanced options" and then "POST F1 Prompt". Set to "Disabled" and you'll be off fine!
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