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I am trying to build a small Web Server to run Bugzilla.  I know I should just abandon the Proliant to the Junk heap but, it has been a very reliable machine and it does have Dual Processors and a large Array full of 10,000 RPM SCSI Drives.   The only problem I seem to be having is I can't get an installable version of linux to see the mouse.  I booted to the latest version of Puppy and it all works but, it does not support SCSI Drive arrays.  I have tried, Foresight, Redhat, Mandriva, Fedora.  I know the hardware is good because i had windows 2000 server working on it with no problems.
I found some old threads which had this exact same problem with no solution, they were abandoned.
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Try ubuntu.
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Is the mouse a USB or PS/2 adapter one?
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PS2, the Proliant 1600R does not have any USB ports.
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Are you using this with a physical PS/2 mouse or a KVM switch? The reason I ask is that sometimes the KVM adapters aren't recognized by the device correctly, thus cannot find it.
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Also what SmartStart version are you using? Version 5.5 I believe has an option for Linux and can help support the SCSI array controller as well.
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/supportsoftware/ZIP/smartstart-5.50-0.zip

Another distro you might try would be OpenSUSE. It sometimes has a better chance at detecting the PS/2 port on older hardware than most distros out there now.
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I am using a Physical mouse and SmartStart 5.50 with the Linux option selected under operating system.
Ubuntu will not complete the boot cycle; after it gets started loading it hangs and then the screen goes blank and I have to do a Hard Boot to get it back up.  
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One thing you might try is making sure that you select to to the text-based installation rather than graphical. From a few sites I found via Google, Linux has problems with the 1600R in detecting the USB ports correctly -- a hardset feature of the 2.4 and 2.6 kernels.

Try these options:
linux mem=512M noprobe
linux nousb

Also check this white paper I found...
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/supportinformation/techpubs/installation_guides/ECG5130399.pdf

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Thanks, it looks like this is going to work.
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No problem. Glad I could help.

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