Can you help me with this? This is the bootup screen sequence. Thank you very much in advance. If this is just a BIOS or Firmware issue can you provide a links to the downloadable firmware. Mind you I am unable to boot to any OS other than from the floppy.
Embedded Server Management Firmware revision 5021
System Backplane firmware revision 5.24
!!*****Firmware is out of date, please update...*****
Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller 2/Si, BIOS v2.1-3 Build 2939
(c) Adaptec etc........
Waiting for Array Controller #0 to start.....
Fatal Error: Controller Kernel self test failed.
<<Press any key to continue>>
Array Controller not started
Controller POST command failed
<<press any key to continue>>
BIOS Not Installed!
Adaptec AIC-7880 SCSI BIOS v2.01.05 DELL 002
(c) 1998 Adaptec etc......
<<<Press <Crtl><A> for SCSISelect (TM) Utility>>>
SCSI ID:5 NEC CDROM
SCSIID:6 ARCHIVE PYTHON 06408xxx
Starting Windows 98 from floppy......
This problem could be a hardware failure (hard drive, backplane or cable) or it is possible the Service Tag Number is not readable in the System BIOS.
Can you see the logical drive(s) using FDISK.exe? If so, the hardware is probably ok.
Later versions of the Perc firmware require the Service Tag Number be entered properly in the System BIOS
Directions for entering a Service Tag Number:
1. Create the Asset Tag utility diskette from:
2. After making the diskette, perform a safe reboot to the diskette created in step #1.
3. After booting to the diskette, enter the following command (substitute the actual 5-7 digit system Service Tag for the X's); asset /s XXXXXXX
4. Once this action has completed, the system can be rebooted.
Yes, the raid controller is a separate device, embedded on the motherboard. The only replacable parts are the Raid enabler key and the Raid Dimm. I would recommend removing, inspecting and reseating these 2 components to ensure a good positive connection.
Did you check the System BIOS to ensure the Service Tag Number is entered? The raid controller will not work if the Service Tag Number is missing or corrupt.
If you tried the steps previously offered and they did not resolve it, try pulling the hard drives and see if the message goes away. You might have a hard drive hanging the bus.