ml350 g3 wont boot
Posted on 2008-11-14
I am having loads of weekend fun with an ML350 G3 that up until yesterday was working great.
Here's the sequence of events.
1. Had an existing 36GB drive in place and we wanted to put a new Smart Array Controller in and create a RAID 5 Array.. done it a million times but alas on our 1 millionth attempt things went wrong and to cut a long story short we've decided we just want to go back to the way things were, when things were working that is soo..
2. Removed the Array card and booted up. The original hard disk appears dead, it has a constant arrow and refuses to boot - troubleshooted that for some time and have resolved ourselves to the fact that now the God's have decided we need a new hard disk soo..
3. got another disk in to that slow - we get an error that the SCSI cable is faulty - seems reasonable, after all.. who wants to relax on weekends anyway? So, I've replaced the SCSI cable and NOW...
4. I get the following (in this order)
Proliant Welcome Screen
Backup ROM info blah blah
Press F8 for Multi-Initiator (played around with these settings a lot and got nowhere)
SCSI BIOS is not installed! OR SCSI BIOS installed successfully! (the latter happens more frequently now)
Then it goes straight to HP Ethernet and tries to boot from LAN, and then the system freezes
At no point do I get to boot from CD (though it sounds like the drive spins up)
After the HP Ethernet Screen appears, the server usually freezes ie. no keyboard status lights and can't ctrl-alt-del leaving me the only option of switching off and back on.
I've tried a different CD drive thinking it might be a fault with that so i could at least load smart start - no dice
When I put the Smart Array controller back in I get mixed results, ultimately though I get the BIOS Installed / Not Installed message followed by a crash - sometimes I don't even get that far.
I've tried clearing the CMOS, removed the CMOS battery and set the switch (#6) to on to reset everything back to defaults.
I've tried 3 different hard disks.
I'm thinking either Back Plane or Motherboard...
Mission critical server! (ironically this is why i was setting up the RAID this weekend anyway) so help is greatly appreciated.