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SCO Openserver 5 boot problem

On Friday afternoon we had a power outage here in the building. This Dell PowerEdge was attached to a UPS, but that failed and the machine was shutdown hard. Now, the machine will not boot. What happens is:

POST passes
SCSI subsystem is scanned but fails. I've never watched this machine boot before,this might be "normal".
Boot: <enter>
Then a screen comes up with some hardware information and a final line
F ad160int, at which point the machine accepts no further input.

Some background, the machine was a "managed" type of thing provided to us with industry specific software on it. The support contracts ran out years ago but the IT guy in charge of that department hasn't done anything about it, and now that it's failed it's been dumped in my lap to rescue.

Looking in the manual and some online docs it seems that the "F ad160int" is telling me that the driver for the Adaptec card aren't initializing. At the Boot: prompt I can "dir" and see the file structure and everything looks ok, I think. Based on that I don't think the hard drive itself is buggered, but beyond that I'm kind of lost on what to do next. What should be my next steps?

I have no SCO knowledge, but I do work with Linux. If more information is needed I can get that.

Thanks for any help

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8/22/2022 - Mon

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I ended up having trouble getting the driver disc working, the file downloaded from SCO was actually too large to fit on a floppy. Thankfully I had been over-sold on the importance of fixing this machine "right this minute" and the person in charge of that department told me to put it aside for now as they don't think they'll actually need it. But I do expect to use the information you gave me for my own learning experience and get back to it. Thank you.

You would need to use a program like rawrite to create the driver disk.  The file downloaded is a floppy image file.


Thanks. I got started on that but had so much going on last week and trying to get out of town for the weekend that when they told  me "eh, don't worry about" I immediately didn't.
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