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PowerEdge 2600 does not boot up ?

I had brought an old PowerEdge 2600 server from someone.
It seems they had formatted all the scsi hot swap drives .

Server does boot up into the BIOS and it shows cdrom as first boot seq.

I have the DELL system management/diagnostics cd and when I put the cd's
in the server it does not boot to the cdrom .

Any help

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  • t1993r Dec 30, 2007

    Already enabled the CD-ROM device in the Boot Sequence list of the System Setup. But still, PowerEdge 2600 still says "No boot device available.". I'm trying to boot with the Dell Server Assistant CD as well as different Linux Distros. I've tried to boot the Linux Distros in a different box and it boots well, but not on the PowerEdge 2600 server. =(

    Any help is highly appreciated.

  • Anonymous Oct 30, 2008

    My PowerEdge 2600 does not boot up from CD-ROM, i've tried the WIndows Server 2003 CD, the Instalation and Server Management CD, the OpenManagement Server Assistant CD and other OS bootable CDs. The PE2600 aways says: "No boot device available".

    The CD-ROM is listed as the first device on the boot sequence.

  • Q4SteveB Nov 28, 2008

    Chances are the CD is 'broken' (or otherwise non-bootable) ..

    I spend hours downloading ISO images from the Dell site, however their titles are confusing and I never did find the 'right' one ..

    Just top confirm it wasn't the CD drive I used an XP Pro CD .. this 'booted' and started an install sequence just fine (but of course failed when it came to look for the hard disk ..)

    I then resorted to floppy boot set - however the PERC Raid drivers on Dell's site do not work with installation floppies (it seems you have to use the install CD shipped with the product to 'make' a floppy installable driver ... which (of course) you can only use after install ...)

    Eventually I gave up on trying to install an OS onto the RAID system ... my solution was to fit a SATA card (about £10 off eBay) and use that to support a bootable drive .. (I removed the useless Tape drive and used the space for a pair of SATA drives configured as 'Mirror')

    Once you succeed in loading an OS you can load the Dell RAID drivers and all works just fine ..



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This server is a compleate wast of time trust me

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You need to set the boot device order. Usually F12.
or you can go to bios with F2 or F10.

your cd-rom is wrong you need the Instalation and Server Management CD. I think it's possible to download this cd at their site.

good luck

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