Poweredge 4200 BIOS Updates?

Dave Sobel dave at evolvetech.com
Fri Aug 15 16:55:01 CDT 2003


Amazing that you ask this today.

I'm working on exactly the same problem, although I'm running Windows 
2000 on this box.

I have a Dell PowerEdge 4200 with 4 9 GB drives in it.  I've purchased 
two additional 9 GB drives I want to put into it, and acquired the 
correct drive trays to do it.

I have NOT updated the BIOS yet nor updated the firmware on the AMI 
PERC II controller.  (Interestingly, I'm having trouble finding the 
right update on the Dell Support site).

When I put the two new drives into the slots and connect them, the PERC 
II controller doesn't even see the two new drives.  Interestingly, what 
it does do is knock my Intel PRO network card offline when I boot with 
the two new drives, even tho nothing is connected.

Currently, I'm working on finding the right updates for the machine to 
flash the BIOS and the PERC controller in hopes that this will do what 
you describe.  I need to expand the logical partition, such that I can 
then use partitioning software to expand the drives.

If the fine folks at Dell can offer insight, that would be great.  I'm 
also going to work on this myself some.....


On Friday, August 15, 2003, at 03:24 PM, Peter A. Peterson II wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have a Poweredge 4200 dual PII-333 running Linux, and I've been
> playing around with the RAID, and I have a couple of questions for the
> list:
> 1. Has anyone had any trouble with the current versions of the BIOS
> for the motherboard and the PERC? They're several years old, so I
> imagine that if there were issues they'd be resolved, but it doesn't
> hurt to ask. My current flashes date to 1997.
> 2. If I flash the PERC, will I be able to add new disks to a logical
> drive and expand the drive? It sounds like I might be able to use FAST
> (in Windows?) to do that, but I'd rather do it at the console level
> (since I don't run Windows on it).
> Adding disks to a logical drive isn't really that important for me,
> but it would be cool! I'm more wondering if people have had any
> glitches with the current BIOS revs.
> Thanks!
> Peter
> -- 
> Peter A. Peterson II, technician and musician.
>  ---=[ http://tastytronic.net/~pedro/ ]=---
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