Server not booting

Daniel Staal DStaal at
Tue Mar 8 17:10:33 UTC 2011

On Tue, March 8, 2011 3:16 am, Doug Hardie wrote:
> I have been tasked with bringing up a "new" server.  It appears to be
> fairly old equipment though.  I do know it was previously used.  Its a
> Arima NM46X with dual AMD Opteron processors.  The unit appears to be
> working since it has some form of Linux installed on the disks and that
> boots and seems to run.  However, I have tried booting from CD 8.2 and
> 8.0. using Disk 1 and Repair disks (AMD64 and i386).  They all die just
> after the first stage loader.  I get the system version line and then the
> spinner stops dead.  The CD is an external USB unit and its left running.
> The motherboard doesn't recognize a USB stick for booting unfortunately.
> The motherboard manual is dated 2006 so I think its just too old for that.
>  Any ideas on how this can be
> corrected?

The CD being USB and not being able to boot off of a USB stick might well
be related.  It's possible it can't boot from a USB drive at all.

My first thought on that is to check the BIOS settings: It's hard to
believe a 64-bit box is incapable of booting off USB at all, but it's easy
to believe that it's set to not be able to.

Otherwise, I'd try looking at what other options you might have.  Even
opening up the box and temporarily attaching a SATA CD drive might be
worth a try.

Daniel T. Staal

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