Solved

Error message "SCSI bios not found" when booting a Dell PowerEdge 2550

Posted on 2008-10-03
4
636 Views
Last Modified: 2008-10-19
I'm in a position where I can't down our print server which is a Dell Power Edge 2550.  If I reboot it I get the message SCSI bios not found.  But if I let it sit for anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple of hours it will then find and load the SCSI drive and will boot normally.  Unfortunetly I can't take it down to work on it so,  DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS PROBLEM so that I don't have to do a lot of testing to resolve the issue.  I want to keep it up since it's vital to our operation.
0
Comment
Question by:WmHenryH
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 63

Accepted Solution

by:
SysExpert earned 500 total points
ID: 22637684
I would start migrating all the functionality to a new server since it sounds like the Controller , and / or drives are dying.

Since you can not take it down, it is going to be difficult to test and troubleshoot, but I would start with a new SCSI controller, or at least update the firmware and BIOS on this machine, although a reboot will be required.

Do you have set maintenance hours to work on it ?

I hope this helps !
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:paulsolov
ID: 22640044
The SCSI BIOS is only for the scsi card.  If you're using a RAID Controller such a PERC than this shouldn't apply and is not the issue.  If you're using a RAID Controller go into openmanage and check status
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:Duncan Meyers
ID: 22646564
Since the PowerEdge 2550 is old and well and truly out of support, the smartest thing to do (as SysExpert suggests) is to purchase a replacement server and migrate the print server role to it. It is likely to be cheaper in the long run than trying to fix what you've got, especially as the server is critical.
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:Duncan Meyers
ID: 22715968
Personally, I think SysExpert's solution is the best - it addresses the question and provides a smart solution.

'No' is always a valid answer.
0

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar: Networking for the Cloud Era

Ready to improve network connectivity? Watch this webinar to learn how SD-WANs and a one-click instant connect tool can boost provisions, deployment, and management of your cloud connection.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The question appears often enough, how do I transfer my data from my old server to the new server while preserving file shares, share permissions, and NTFS permisions.  Here are my tips for handling such a transfer.
Many businesses neglect disaster recovery and treat it as an after-thought. I can tell you first hand that data will be lost, hard drives die, servers will be hacked, and careless (or malicious) employees can ruin your data.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question