[Linux-PowerEdge] r720 bios reset with no video

cupertino cupertino at gmx.net
Thu Mar 27 16:20:40 CDT 2014

If you have physical access to the system, you can set iDRAC IP using
the front LCD panel or just use its default IP to

You can also try a NVRAM clear by setting a jumper on the motherboard.
Location should be shown on inside of the top cover. (short jumper,
power on system, power off and put jumper back to default)

If that doesn't help, remove BIOS battery, but you gonna lose all your

On Thu, 2014-03-27 at 14:51 -0600, Bernadette Pfau - NOAA Affiliate
> Thanks for the replies. Those are great commands -- we hadn't
> configured iDRAC yet though, so we have no access.
> If I can find a serial device I could see what I get through the
> serial port.
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM, <Elie_Jreij at dell.com> wrote:
>         Dell - Internal Use - Confidential
>         Try to ssh to iDRAC and execute the following commands:
>         racadm set BIOS.IntegratedDevices.EmbVideo Enabled
>         racadm jobqueue create BIOS.Setup.1-1 -r graceful -s TIME_NOW
>         The first command stages a BIOS setting to use embedded video
>         and the 2nd command reboots the server to apply the setting
>         Regards
>         Elie
>         From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Bernadette
>         Pfau - NOAA Affiliate
>         Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:34 PM
>         To: linux-poweredge-Lists
>         Subject: [Linux-PowerEdge] r720 bios reset with no video
>         Hello,
>         We have a Dell R720 where someone disabled the onboard video.
>          For whatever reason, installing a PCIe video card and
>         attempting to connect to the server through that means doesn't
>         work.
>         Is there a way to restore the onboard video without using
>         video?  I'm open to resetting the server to the factory BIOS
>         settings, but I can't find the definitive (safe) way to do
>         that. Is the procedure to simply remove the BIOS battery for
>         about 10 minutes?  What do I risk by doing that?
>         Thanks in advance
> -- 
> Bunny Pfau
> Ace Info Solutions, Inc. (AceInfo) Supporting NOAA
> ESRL / Global Systems Division / ITS
> Bernadette.Pfau at noaa.gov
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