Poweredge 4200 BIOS Updates?

Dave Sobel dave at evolvetech.com
Fri Aug 15 22:06:00 CDT 2003

This was what it was!

The single ended jumper made a huge difference.

Additionally, I did manage to update the BIOS and the firmware, and I 
was able to reconstruct the logical drive so there is the additional 
16GB available now.

Now to get a re-partitioning tool that will do what I want, and I'm 


On Friday, August 15, 2003, at 05:29 PM, Steve_Boley at Dell.com wrote:

> If they are u160 drives you need to jumper the drive to single ended 
> before
> the raid controller will see them.
> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Sobel [mailto:dave at evolvetech.com]
> Sent: Friday, August 15, 2003 3:55 PM
> To: Peter A. Peterson II
> Cc: linux-poweredge at dell.com
> Subject: Re: Poweredge 4200 BIOS Updates?
> Peter:
> Thanks -- I have successfully upgraded to A05, but that didn't help
> with the recognition of the new drives.  The PERC firmware doesn't see
> the two new drives at all.
> I'm not so skeptical that it can do the expansion of the logical drives
> -- I've seen that done before.  However, I do need it to recognize the 
> drives.
> I have the AMI PERC II controller, but have been unable to locate any
> firmware upgrade for that.  I see the AMI PERC, the AMI PERC 2/DC, and
> the AMI PERC 2/SC, but nothing for the AMI PERC II, which is what the
> bootup tells me it is.
> Dell... ?
> Dave
> On Friday, August 15, 2003, at 04:43 PM, Peter A. Peterson II wrote:
>> Quoting Dave Sobel:
>>> 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).
>> I found these:
>> http://support.tastytronic.net/software/pe4200/BIOS/
>> ...through http://support.dell.com/, going for downloads for the
>> PowerEdge 4200. (under BIOS).
>>> 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.
>> I have to go back to the firmware level and create new logical disks
>> -- I think that's just how it goes. Have you tried that?
>>> 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.
>> I'm actually skeptical that it will expand logical drives, you may
>> have to back up your data, and re-copy it back to your newly created
>> logical drive.
>>> If the fine folks at Dell can offer insight, that would be great.  
>>> I'm
>>> also going to work on this myself some.....
>> I'm goign to try the BIOS updates tonight, I'll let you know how it
>> goes.
>> Peter
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