Rackable Systems HDAMA Dual Opteron

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by iainstott, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. iainstott

    iainstott MDL Novice

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    Hi guys. Recently I purchased this server off ebay to use at home and im having a terrible time with it.
    I got it about a week ago, it took me 3 days to get an os installed on it because it would just lock up on me.
    When i finally got linux installed, even the simplest thing (turning it on for example) would lock it up.
    By locking up i mean, screen freeze just wont budge.

    Any suggestions as to what it can be.

    Arima/Rioworks HDAMA Motherboard
    Dual Opteron 250
    2Gb DDR 333 (i think, will double check)
     
  2. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    Freezing would indicate hardware problems. Check your memory with Memtest86+. Most modern Linux distros include that as an option with the install disc.
     
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  3. warmo

    warmo MDL Novice

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    have the same board wanted to get sever 2008 on it but have had to settle for server 2003 think prob a ram problem
     
  4. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...rade-to-allow-Server-2008?p=252255#post252255

    Start reading this other thread from the URL above. There's a beta 2.18 BIOS that fixes the ACPI error problems that everyone was having installing Win2k8 [R2].

    Also if you're interested, I had rebuilt two modified HDAMA revG BIOS'es with the latest Silicon Image SIL3114 BIOSes. Feedback would be nice if you do end up trying them.
     
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  5. david3

    david3 MDL Novice

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    Not to beat an already dead horse... I have read almost every article that I can find about the Arima/HDAMA. I have looked on the Si website, which indicates that you should only flash the BIOS, if using an PCI card. I have also downloaded multiple ROM's, and attempted to flash, however, once the back up is created and the tools attempts to check the 'part type' I get an error stating that my part is not located in the part list. I will be attempted to use the 2.18 mod BIOS you have created (just downloaded it). However my question is, does your moded flash, with the new Si code, allow the supporting of larger SATA HDD's?

    My setup :
    Arima HDAMAI-v1.12
    2 Opteron 64bit
    4 G ram
    Si 3114 onboard chipset
    2 750G Drives (sata)
    1 160 sata
    1 80 stata

    On boot, it locks when attempting to access the 750 gigs. The only reason I ask this... 2 years later.. I like the MB just need bigger HD's.

    I have just flashed, the flashed installed, here's the update....

    Systems Status features are gone, "Non Functional" (speed of fans, core temps, etc.)
    The 'raid configurator' is unaccessible (ctrl+s and F4 do not work)
    Will not boot to IDE devices (cdrom, dvd, hdd)
    Unusal lan lights. (previously both orange lights on, 218brf4 = 1 orange light)

    Any suggestions?

    David
     
  6. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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  7. jinxy_tj

    jinxy_tj MDL Novice

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    HDAMA locking up/freezing

    Just a reply to the opening of this thread, I have also had this exact same problem. It seems to be when the two chips are installed, removing one resolves this issue.

    I have had this same problem with my prior board (MSI K7D master), and am looking everywhere for the solution.

    In the mean time this is the only solution I have, I really hope it can be resolved.
     
  8. HellFire

    HellFire MDL Novice

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    Same issue. Haven't tried removing a CPU yet. I know it's not a hardware issue, i've already ran memtest86 and it was perfectly stable in Win7 for a few days. It was fine running off a live CD overnight while i was cloning the drive, now if i boot off HDD.. it freezes within 20mins.

    I've tried the 2.16, 2.17 and 2.18B BIOS, but with all it just freezes after a while.
     
  9. HellFire

    HellFire MDL Novice

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    Disabling ACPI seems to have fixed it. Been up for nearly 11hrs now. (With both CPUs in)
     
  10. Tiberium

    Tiberium MDL Novice

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    Hi,

    I have tried various things too, I am running WHS (not the vail variant) and I am getting lockups at random intervals too, I cannot disable ACPI or the system will not progress past the silicon image finding my SATA HDDs...

    Running the 218B BIOS
    2x 250 Opterons on a revision G Hdama
    2GB ECC RAM

    any ideas?
     
  11. Gammix

    Gammix MDL Novice

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    Here's the most basic possible answer. These MoBos are 6-7 years old. The BIOS battery (CR2032) may, like ours, be ex-haus..ted..! We put in a NEW CR2032 battery, reset the bios (little black push-button on the MoBo near the PCI slots and BIOS) Leave the battery out for a good 1/2 hour. Now our Server is working again.
    What is the 2nd. root of 9?? - anyone?

    Michael and Maxim