[Fedora] Re: IBM Netfinity 5000
jlauman at nwcascades.com
Sat Dec 26 23:14:24 UTC 2009
I had four of them. They came from IBM with the service partition
installed. They also came with a set of SmartStart 8+ CD's for NetWare,
NT4, SCO, AIX, etc. in the event you needed to restore them to their
factory configuration following a disk failure.
If the factory software is missing from the service partition or is
corrupted that's what your problem is.
Compaq rack mount DL-360's behave exactly the same way your describing
when their service partition is corrupted or missing. When configured
correctly Fedora 11 installs without incident.
On 12/25/2009 06:26, Ashley M. Kirchner wrote:
> Jack Lauman wrote:
>> You need to boot up with the IBM NetFinity "SmartStart" disk and
>> install a service partition for NT4. Compaq Presario DL-360 rackmount
>> servers don't have a BIOS than can save parameters, as I recall from
>> working on the NetFinity 5000 years ago at Gannett, they don't either.
>> The startup parameters are stored on the service partition of the boot
>> disk created with "SmartStart".
> The machine was already running NT4. So whatever service partition it
> needed would've already been there. On the other hand, I don't ever
> remember having to do that when we first purchased it. It came bare, and
> all we did was stick the NT4 disk in, boot, manually install the SCSI
> drivers from a floppy and the WinNT install took over from there.
> That's not to say that you're not correct. You could very well be, I
> just don't recall ever having to do that.
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