amibios 8ipxdrg google F3 bios mod request?

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by earliv, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. earliv

    earliv MDL Novice

    Feb 25, 2010
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    I purchased a Google GB-1002 Server 4 Xeon 2.6 Ghz 5X 250 GB 12GB RAM after reading this article:

    http://davehope.co.uk/Blog/turn-an-old-g...sx-server/

    And I figured that if I swapped out the bios then I'd have a really nice machine to play with ESX and all.

    When I powered up and tried to go into the bios it had a password.

    So I reset the bios by swapping the jumper next to the chip and swapping it back and that let me into the bios

    Once in bios I noticed that things were really restrictive so I reset the settings and I got the machine to boot on the standard http://ubcd4win.com/ cd - but whenever I tried to install an os, it froze on the last steps...
    No matter the os, no matter the medium I was installing on...

    I dug and found out the names of all the hardware and I found all the proper drivers and I was able to get to put the drivers into the cd and boot and recognize the hard drives / raid but NOT the ethernet card. It kept saying that it was locked or in use.... I could install drivers, it would recognize the lan, but not let me use it.

    So my thoughts then went to the bios - as I think there are settings in there that prevent the use of the nic that might have been hidden by Google.
    Though I don't know...

    So I did some digging and I found a newer bios (F7 from here:
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Netwo...uctID=1006 )

    And I made myself a dos boot floppy and flashed to this bios and ever since then I haven't been able to boot the machine - when I turn it on I get a siren like sound kind of bino bino bino - similar to a police car no matter the location of the jumper next to the bios.

    I think.... what I'm looking for here is a modded bios set to perform just what I need it to do on these machines.

    I still have one of the machines that are nearly identical that boots up via a usb cdrom.

    I have two of these machines and I haven't touched the other until I figure out what I'm supposed to do to properly set the first up.

    Thank you in advance!

    -e
     
  2. John Douglass

    John Douglass MDL Novice

    Mar 17, 2010
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    I'm thinking about buying one of these - do you ever get yours working? If so how?

    John

    Please reply to john_douglass@comcast.net
     
  3. earliv

    earliv MDL Novice

    Feb 25, 2010
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    No dice yet.. :-(

    My issue now is that nothing seems to see the raid card and from what I read and see the server is only 32-bit and the processors are so old that they apparently don't support multi threading -- so a bare metal virtual environment isn't possible.

    I plan on getting either Slax, Debian, or FreeBSD installed and then install a virtual platform - wish me luck ;-)

    -e