20 Most Recent HP Compaq ProLiant ML530 Server Questions & Answers

a 14 year old server for what?
not once did you tell what you are attempting. not a clue.
looks? like you are installing an OS , is that it.?
what OS? of the 100s .'
first off you did not read the HP pages on this server
nor read the page telling you what OS is supported.
The OS must like the server, the BIOS on it , then number of processors and amount of RAM there. and type of processor.

are you going to serve files, ? its true purpose.
or attempt to use it as a deck top? say running w10?
2 very different goals, no?

most of these relics came with
windows server 2003 with SP1, (most be sp1 or newer)


tell the helper what you are attempting first, and end goal and use for this server. (vast exist)

HP Compaq... | Answered on Mar 06, 2018

when did this beast last work.
see the manual yet>
there are many 370s ,which one, the full service tag answers that.
G , 2, on up. 9????????????
Proliant servers.
use google to find old manuals.
here is g2

here is HP site covering retired products, I suspect your is..

HPE has the , 642 book here. (just a spec)


if read that page it tells you the controller is only works with
Compatibility with all Ultra320, Ultra3 and Ultra2 LVD family products.
it also tells you , it needs the HP utility tools to set it up properly

why would your clean disks boot? why say that?
what does this mean?
"and i replace hard drives to clean and check" surely you can elaborate the full story,
last run when?> what G number is it.
what drives , make and model. installed.
do you have the software setup seen on page 5 link just above.
All Smart Array products share a common set of configuration, management and diagnostic tools,
including Array Configuration Utility, Array Diagnostic Utility (ADU), and Insight Manager.

this product is offically retired, by hp and only few books there.
but google finds many books, 15 years old now. (as old as...)

see this, it tells you what to do in 77 pages.

my guess is you get lost at Set the boot controller
(Chapter 4).
my guess, is that you have no HP sofware support kits.
just hardware there.... right?

next time tell the helper, full spec on 370 Gn G numer.
and full spec , on 642, version. and that you dont have the HP software kit to support this machine, it's no simple desktop, no at all.
at the least you get stuck here,

Create at least one logical drive, as described in Chapter 5.

HP Compaq... | Answered on Sep 26, 2017

Open the system cover and check whether any LEDs showing amber or Red colour

HP Compaq... | Answered on Mar 30, 2017

Do you have smart start installed on it? If so:
The F10 "Bios" partition is only available if the server has had SmartStart installed on it. The SmartStart partition is actually a 20Mb (ish) partition on the configured hard disks. If the partition is available, you will be prompted to press F10 at the end of Post boot just before the OS would kick in.

The position of the drives is important so keep them in 0,1,2 & 3. Once you can boot off SmartStart (v5.50 as mentioned), you can reconfigure the Array config in the Array Configuration Utility (ACU).

I’m happy to assist further over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/lou_afa492c634393790

HP Compaq... | Answered on Jul 31, 2014

You cannot fix a hard disc by yourself. Once opened the warranty is void and the manufacturer will not accept it back for repair. Send it to the OEM for service.

HP Compaq... | Answered on Jan 29, 2014

Check your Hardware configuration.  This usually happens when you tell the system BIOS that you have for example, a second floppy or Hard Drive, when you do not.  So it stops and asks you what to do next.


Hope that helps.



HP Compaq... | Answered on Sep 19, 2012

Untill and Unless SW6 is not switched off the server will not boot.

HP Compaq... | Answered on Mar 30, 2012


I would check 3 things here: Make sure the cable is secured to the drives and motherboard, next is the drives good? You may have to replace them. Finally, you may need to update the drivers on your system.

One more thing....make sure the BIOS is updated and has the SCSI setting correct.
Good Luck


HP Compaq... | Answered on Jan 15, 2012

The Memory were installed in an incorrect order. The Memory must be interleaved for the server to work, Follow instruction on the cover of the server.

HP Compaq... | Answered on Dec 01, 2011

i want to install winxp on srv they give me error win cannot detect detect what can i do

HP Compaq... | Answered on Jun 21, 2011

This model comes with Smart Array 5302/32 Array Controller (Standard with Array Models only) when posting, the server will display the controler mentioned before Smart Array 5302 and an option (press f8) once you have entered this section called ORCA you will have a menu to create, view or delete Raid.
Make sure you have the hdds properly connected before starting so that all hdd are recognized
Good Luck
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HP Compaq... | Answered on Aug 13, 2010

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