ML370 (G1), boot options
mahlerrd at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 28 19:47:50 UTC 2008
Hi, all. I've searched the archives as best I can, and also consulted the Great Oracle of Google, but seem to be getting nowhere in a little project I'm doing.
I know it's not always good form to include more than one problem in a post, so I apologize in advance, but since answering one of the three questions may mean the other two no longer need an answer, I feel it's appropriate in this case.
I recently retrieved a ML370 G1 off the to-be-recycled heap here at work. It'll replace my aging 550 MHz PIII single-processor PC I've had pressed into "server" duty for ages. The ML370 is in fine physical order and is a Dual PIII 866 with a Smart Array 3200 in it, 2x 36 GB drives and 4x 18 GB. I have downloaded and used a SmartStart 5.5 CD to verify all seems well and to reconfigure the RAID to my needs.
Issue 1: During my first attempt at installing FreeBSD 7.0, I found I couldn't boot from the CD. No problem, I thought, I'll just create the floppies and do a net install from there - I was sure it was just a Old CD Drive + Burnt CD = no booting. I created boot.flp and kern.flp figuring if I needed more floppies out of the set I'll keep overwriting those two. (I'm slowly running out of good floppies!) I wasn't paying that close of attention, but I realized about mid-way through the install the system never asked me for the kernel floppy. I was a bit puzzled, but figured maybe the boot floppy saw the CD and passed control to it...
Q1: Does anyone know what likely happened there? I *DID* at least start the boot from the floppy, I remember seeing that little piece, but afterwards, it was magic... Will the boot floppy hand off to the CD if/when it sees it?
Issue 2: The install went fine, the only real issue is in the obnoxiously loud and bothersome fan noise. Options don't seem to be in the BIOS (?!?) but I found the FreeBSD Tools for ProLiant page (http://people.freebsd.org/~jcagle/) and thought "Perfect!" I noticed it had images for 4.x, 5.x and 6.2. No 7.0... Since I had 7.0 already installed, I tried winging it and and installing the various pieces for 6.2 and doing ldconfig and installing compat layers and whatnot, but I couldn't quite get it working.
Q2: Does anyone have some reasonably easy to follow docs on making at least hpasm work on 7.0? I've seen a few vague references to it working after an upgrade from 6.x to 7, but docs are surprisingly sparse AFAICT.
Issue 3: So I thought to install 6.3, which I guess will very likely work using the 6.2 build of hpasm. I changed my boot disk to a 6.3 one, stuck it in the floppy drive and booted, but the system happily and without question booted from the hard drives. Tonight I hope to find time to do a 6.3 CD + a 6.3 boot floppy and see if I can get it up that way, but I'd love to find out what may be going on with this. I don't think that will work, because I think it was only booting from CD/Floppy *after* the hard drive boot failed. I don't really want to delete the arrays so it will fail back over to floppy booting, but at this point I'd try it if there's no easy way. But, I'm *positive* there's an easier way...
Q3: How do you change the boot order to include the floppy disk?
I would appreciate any help someone can give or pointers to other information for me to try proceeding on my own.
I tried winging it and doing the 7.0 and addressing issues as they came up (which involved a few hoops with compat_6x, _5x and ldconfig, I think), but I never quite got it going. I'm thinking about starting over with 6.3, which I believe I will have a much, much greater chance to get working.
7.0 was a bear to get on it, but only because it wouldn't recognize my burnt CD as bootable. I realize now that I never got to kern.flp, though - boot.flp was all it took. I don't know if that's because magically my unbootable CD became bootable, or if the bootable floppy figured out there was a CD there and used it.
So I decided reinstalling from 6.3 wouldn't be an issue, except I
mahlerrd at yahoo.com
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