Debian Lenny amd64 running on Dell Poweredge R710

Thomas Stegbauer thomas+linuxpoweredge at stegbauer.info
Mon Jun 22 13:01:24 CDT 2009


hi all,

thanx for your help.

as i want run xen from debian on it i to run the debian kernel (instead
of compiling 2.6.30, or does there exist performance optin's for that?)

after upgrading the Bios from 1.0.4 to 1.1.4 everything worked fine
which normal debian 5.0.1 install cd, firmware for the network card got
asked and worked after it, dito perc6i

i don't know what get changed with this bios, as the changelog shows
pretty less?

greetings
thomas


Am 22.06.2009 15:14, schrieb Andrew Robert Nicols:
> Any joy with this?
>
> Andrew
>
> On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 10:50:06AM +0100, Andrew Robert Nicols wrote:
>   
>> On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:37:41AM +0200, Thomas Stegbauer wrote:
>>     
>>> hi andrew,
>>>
>>> thanx for your answer, but it is a bit unclear to me.
>>>
>>> Am 22.06.2009 10:20, schrieb Andrew Robert Nicols:
>>>       
>>>> On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 11:31:09PM +0200, Thomas Stegbauer wrote:
>>>>
>>>> What firmware are you running? There's a firmware/BIOS release which fixes
>>>> this for AMD64. I installed i686 Lenny and used instructions at
>>>> http://www.ducea.com/2007/08/27/dell-bios-firmware-updates-on-debian/
>>>> to upgrade the firmware. Unfortunately, the firmware wasn't available on
>>>> the website listed when I did the upgrade - I downloaded the official
>>>> Windaz thing (.exe), unzipped it, and found the header in the payload
>>>> folder.
>>>>
>>>> The firmware version is 1.1.4 IIRC. My five R610s came with 1.0.4 and this
>>>> has fixed it on the three boxes I've thus far installed.
>>>>   
>>>>         
>>> what firmware do you mean?
>>> bios on the Controller and R710 Server?
>>> or the firmware linux needs in /lib/firmware when linux loads the kernel
>>> module?
>>>       
>> The system BIOS. No others. My R610s were running version 1.0.4 which has a
>> few bugs which prevented:
>> * Corrected memory usage under an x686 kernel (Only 3.2Gb accessible).
>> * Drivers including NIC, Disks, USB Devices (even keyboard was flaky) under Amd64
>> * Some kernel panics on some Ubuntu versions.
>>
>>     
>>>>> when continuing without network card's it only recocnize the disk's if
>>>>> the controller ist not set to Raid in bios.
>>>>> then i see two Disk's, when setting it to Raid1, no disk's are
>>>>> recognized within debian-installer.
>>>>>     
>>>>>           
>>>> I've only tried RAID 10 but the virtual disk is now recognized following
>>>> the BIOS update.
>>>>
>>>>   
>>>>         
>>> do you have an R610 server?, does this also have an perc/6i controller?
>>> the Page www.ducea.com is not reachable, what did you download from this
>>> page?
>>>       
>> I've got 5 R610s. I've applied the BIOS update to 3 of them so far and
>> they now install. There's been a bit of discussion on this - see the late
>> May/early June archive sof this list.
>>
>> ducea.com is available for me, but here's a quick summary of what I did:
>>
>> * Installed Debian Lenny i686 / use a Live CD.
>> * apt-get install libsmbios-bin
>> * Download the BIOS header file for the new version. [1]
>> * modprobe dell_rbu
>> * dellBiosUpdate -u -f -t R710-010404C.hdr # -t test the update first
>> * dellBiosUpdate -u -f R710-010404C.hdr # Actually perform the update if the above test worked
>>
>> Enjoy,
>>
>> Andrew
>>
>> [1] Visit the following URL, Download the Packaged version for windows,
>> unzip it (unzip PER710_BIOS_WIN_1.1.4.EXE) and you'll find the BIOS hdr in
>> the payload directory. It's called R710-010104C.hdr
>> http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/format.aspx?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz&deviceid=11809&libid=1&releaseid=R220767&vercnt=2&formatcnt=0&SystemID=PWE_R710&servicetag=&os=WNET&osl=en&catid=1&impid=-1
>>
>>     
>   



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