BTX halted when installing on a HP Proliant DL360 G3
david at landgren.net
Wed Jun 11 04:12:57 PDT 2003
I just received a new batch of servers to deploy. Among the lot I have
3 HP Proliant DL360 G3 servers that refuse to run the installation CD.
I think this is because HP have switched to Ultra 320 drives and I
don't think FreeBSD has caught up with that. I have two 18Gb 15000rpm
drives mounted in RAID-1.
The BIOS says "Proliant System BIOS - P31 (03/01/2003)".
I've tried various BIOS options, but the boot always goes like this:
Attempting Boot From CD-ROM
CD Loader 1.01
Building the boot loader arguments
Lookup up /BOOT/LOADER... Found
Relocating the loader and the BTX
Starting the BTX loader
BTX Loader 1.00 BTX version is 1.01
Console: internal video/keyboard
BIOS CD is cd0
BIOS drive A: is disk0
inf=0000000d err=00000000 efl=00030006
I.e.: it looks like it's when it hunts for hard disks.
I trawled the archives and learnt that people had similar problems on
Compaq hardware, although with Adaptec controllers. The solution there
was to create a DOS partition on the disk beforehand. I tried this,
with no success.
I've tried booting from 4.8-RELEASE, 5.1-RELEASE and the 5.1
miniloader, all with similar results. I also tried booting of an
OpenBSD 3.3 CD. It gets a bit further, but when it comes to choosing I
for Install, it reports that there are no hard disks available.
It seems like FreeBSD simply hasn't caught up yet. I had a look at the
Testdrive machines offered by HP, but they're still running 4.8 on a
If anyone has some idea as to how to proceed, I'd be really grateful.
The only alternative would be to try and install Linux. But I've been
unhappy with Linux performance under load in the past (and it's these
servers I'm replacing) so it would be sad to continue in that vein.
Thanks for the clues,
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