DELL PE 1650 ERA/O not available anymore

Joost Waversveld joost at
Mon May 29 07:26:40 CDT 2006

I already tried that, but if I download the Firmware update for the ERA 
(linux bin-file) and try to install that one, I get the error that the 
ERA card can not be established. I'm not at the server location (40 
minutes drive), so I can not try to install it through an floppy right now.

Christian Frank wrote:
> Hi Joost,
> AFAIK, your perc AND your ERA need actual firmware releases.
> So, try to update the firmware of the era to the newest version also.
> A dell supporter told me e.g  that you can run into troubles if your 
> system bios is actual
> and your era bios is not.
> So, maybe upgrading the era firmware solves your problem ..
> Regards,
> Christian
> Joost Waversveld schrieb:
>> Hi list,
>> We've got an PE 1650 running CentOS 4.3. The system sometimes hangs 
>> because of very high loads.
>> I checked the OpenManage of the server and I noticed that the firmware 
>> version of the DELL Perc 3/Di was out of date (2.7.x). I updated the 
>> firmware to V2.8.1 built 6098, all went well. To complete the 
>> installation of the firmware I needed to reboot the server. After the 
>> reboot, the server came back online, but now the ERA/O module isn't 
>> responding anymore. Through OpenManage I noticed that the SCSI 
>> Controllers on "PCI Bus 2" were removed according to the "diagnostics 
>> -> Hardware changes". The ERA/O module is still being mentioned here.
>> We really need the ERA/O module to reboot this machine. What can we do 
>> about this? I tried to (soft)reboot the server again, but this didn't 
>> solve the problem. Is it possible that an "server power cycle" solves 
>> our problem? Or can we downgrade the firmware? Please let me know!
>> Greets,
>> Joost Waversveld
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