Dell PowerEdge 700 Server problem

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  1. slo_hand2

    slo_hand2 OSNN Junior Addict

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    I have a Dell PowerEdge 700 Server that I want to use as a plain pc , another words take all the server features away.
    I loaded a copy of Win XP Pro.
    I am having problems with the following drivers.

    1. PCI simple Communications Controller
    2. SM Bus Controller
    3. Base System Device
    4. USB Controller
    5. Eathernet controller

    I was told that this computer use to be able to connect to the internet and one day just stopped working.

    It seems there are security settings perhaps in the bios that need to be removed.
    I uninstalled # 1 / 5 and tried to fix by inserting the CD into the drive but it would not find any of these drives and wants to connect to the internet which I can not do on this PC.
    I downloaded dells driver robot, but again it wants to connect to the internet.

    Anyone have any ideas?




     
  2. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    1. Is usually a MODEM
    2 and 3 are probably chipset related
    4 and 5 are self explainatory.

    Drivers & Downloads

    You just need to goto Dell's site and get the drivers. You'll most likely need the drivers under Chipset, Network, Communication, Video and maybe SATA Drives and IDE & EIDE Controllers.

    If the netowork controller is damaged you may be able to install a PCI network card.
     
  3. slo_hand2

    slo_hand2 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Thing is I don't use a mode I have high speed DSL!

    and for some reason when I d/l the Dell driver download I can't open it on the dell machine?
     
  4. American Zombie

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    Even with DSL you have to have an internal or external DSL modem.
     
  5. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    A PCI simple Communications Controller usually ends up being a modem so to install the driver use the Modem one on the Dell site.

    Maybe try selecting Windows 2003 on the Dell site. Do you get any errors?
     
  6. slo_hand2

    slo_hand2 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Any ideas on how to remove the server features so that it is a plain ole PC with win xp ?
     
  7. roirraW "edor" ehT

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    What server features do you mean? I'm confused since you said you put XP Pro on it. It'll be much easier to just get the drivers for it than to, for example, try to put Windows 2003 Server back on and try to turn it into a quasi-XP, which is possible but not recommended, and as I said a lot harder to do and less reliable (in pretending it's XP) than a real XP installation.
     
  8. American Zombie

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    Look at the vendor ID (in device manager...right click device > properties > details) of the devices you need drivers for.

    Go to PCIDatabase and input the ID to see who made the chipset then find drivers for the device.
     
  9. slo_hand2

    slo_hand2 OSNN Junior Addict

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    OK got all the drivers except the Ethernet Controller

    The info on the motherboard is as follows:

    Dell
    Product # 0P1158
    Ver. A00
    Ser# CN7170345B0280
    Bus Speed 800 mhz.

    I went to the dell download site and d/l'd their diagnostic utility, however it does not cover Ethernet controller, all else was good!

    I can't seem to find any place to get the drivers for this?

    any ideas? I will not use any of the pay sites because this should be available some where without paying!


     
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    Go into device manager and look up the vendor id (hardware id) for the controller then use the link I provided to see who made the chipset.
    You may be able to get drivers at the chipset manufacturer's site or somewhere on the net.

    Example:
     

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  12. roirraW "edor" ehT

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    The Dell website has several drivers listed for the PowerEdge 700 Server's ethernet controller. Have you tried any or all of them? If you enter the service tag instead of just the general model information it may give you the specific driver you definitely need under Drivers and Downloads in the Network section.

    This is the link I was at, if it works for you. Again, if you try it but with your service tag (on a sticker somewhere on the case, also in the BIOS) instead, it's supposed to come up with information more specific to your exact setup.
     
  13. American Zombie

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    How is that going to help him when he is installing an OS (Windows XP) that this product never came with and/or is supported by Dell?
     
  14. roirraW "edor" ehT

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    The drivers for 2003 may work under XP as well. They may be exactly the same. Your suggestion is good, too. Hopefully he follows your repeated advice this time.

    Also, at least entering his service tag (if he hasn't yet) may indicate to him exactly which Ethernet controller his PowerEdge contains. Just another way of skinning the cat.
     
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  16. slo_hand2

    slo_hand2 OSNN Junior Addict

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    thank yuou I think I got it now!


     
  17. slo_hand2

    slo_hand2 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Let me thank you once again it worked and now all is connecting and running properly, I could not have gotten it without your help and patience so

    Thank You!!
     
  18. roirraW "edor" ehT

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    Glad you got it working.
     
  19. mandarpkulkarni

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    Hi slo_hand2,

    I am facing the same problem that you started this thread for. I have a PowerEdge 700 with Windows server 2003 and I want to install Windows XP on it. Your last post says you got everything working. Could you please tell me where did you get the correct set of drivers from? Has the system been running smoothly since then?

    Basically (for some reason that I dont know about), I have 3 drives - C (8 gb), E & F (both ~100gb), F being completely empty. The C drive is getting full and I want to do either of the two things -

    1. Use some partitioning tool that works for Win 2003 and make C drive bigger. That will be the easiest solution for me since disk space is the only reason why I want to have windows on another drive. But I am not able to find any tool like Partition Magic that will run on Win 2003. Ideas?

    2. OR reinstall Win XP on F drive since we dont have a license for Win 2003. That came with the desktop when we got it from Dell.

    I am a new member here; please excuse me if I am posting my query at the wrong place.

    Thanks!

     
  20. slo_hand2

    slo_hand2 OSNN Junior Addict

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    If you follow the instruction given here in reply's you will be successful, that what I did and the advise was right on!