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How do I get rid of "Strike F1 to Start?"

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When I start up the Dell T105 Server, I get the message

"SATA port B drive not found
Strike F1 to Start"

How to get rid of this message so I can restart the server remotely?

Thanks,
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Question by:PDSWSS
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by:Stampel
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You probably have a dead drive,
can you access the SATA RAID configuration during boot to check ?
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by:VB ITS
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Is there meant to be a drive plugged into that SATA port? Otherwise you can disable it in the system BIOS in the SATA configuration screen and it should get rid of that message.
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by:Stampel
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During boot try to access system utility using F2 key maybe and check the SATA Configuration
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Boot to the BIOS Setup (F2) and disable SATA port B. If there is nothing connected to it and it is enabled, that is why it is stopping with this configuration error. If there is something connected to it, it is probably faulty.
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by:PDSWSS
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Can test these solutions tomorrow AM when I am in same location as server. Thanks,
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by:Stampel
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Before disabling, try to see if you have 2 disks and if 1 is dead (obviously yes, due to the message)
If yes , replace the failed disk it will rebuild automatically
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nobus earned 250 total points
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to summarise :
1- if there is a drive on SATA port B  - the message says it  :: SATA port B drive not found - meaning there is a problem with the drive or connections
2-if there is no drive there - it is a bios setting that is looking for a drive there - so disable it

but - it is interesting WHY it is looking for the drive - if nothing was changed
it can be caused by : a low bios battery, and a power failure
or a reset of the bios (bios update maybe?)
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by:PDSWSS
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Disabled SATA B port and still got the message.
However, noticed that above "Strike F1 key to start"

"Alert, System Battery Voltage Low"

Nobus indicated that this could be the issue.  Please advise how to change this battery.  Thanks
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by:VB ITS
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You'll need to open the side panel on the server to gain access to the internals. Ensure the server is powered down completely and pull out the power cable from the back of the server. The battery is labelled number 7 in the picture below:
Dell-t105-Battery-Location.png You simply press the tab on the battery socket to release the battery. Make sure that when you replace the battery, you insert the new battery with the + symbol facing up.Replace-Battery.PNG
It may be a good idea to note down all your settings in the system BIOS (press F2 at startup) before you replacing the battery as sometimes these settings can get lost during the process.
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Thanks. Do you know the type of battery?
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by:VB ITS
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I believe it's just the standard CR2032 battery. What you can do to confirm is power down the server, and then quickly take out the battery to check the type of battery - it should be engraved on the battery itself. You may not even have to take the battery out to get the type of battery. The official Dell replacement part number for the t105 is:
Dell 75481       BTRY, MINI, 3V, 190MAH, COIN, LITH       Dell PowerEdge T105 Battery, Miniature, 3V, 190MAH, COIN, Lithium
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by:PDSWSS
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Thanks. That is a CR2032.
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by:VB ITS
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Yep, standard motherboard battery. You can buy a replacement battery from your local Walmart-type of store or any other place that sells batteries to be honest. Let us know how you go after you've replaced the battery.
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by:PDSWSS
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Will do
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by:PDSWSS
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Replacing the battery solved the issue.
At first startup after changing the battery I had to edit the configuration so disabled Sata Port B since I was there already.
Since don't know and don't want to spend the time right now to find out if it would have started up if I did not disable the port, I gave points to all the experts who posted.  Thanks for all your help.  Now I can restart remotely which is a essential.
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tx for feedback
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