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I powered up my Power Edge 2500 server yesterday after being off since February 2009 due to plant shutdown. It booted successfully and I test run my applications and everything was OK. I left the server on over night, but this morning I saw the message bellow on the monitor; Power Edge 2500 Embedded Server Management Firmwaqre revision 5.43 Primary System backplane controller firmware revision 1.29 1000 MHZ processors bus 133 MHz L2 cache 256K Advanced Dell Power Edge Expandable Raid Controller 3/Bi BIOS V2.5-0 [Build 2991] (c) 1998-200 Adaptec, Inc. Press <Ctrl><A> for configuration Utility Waiting for array controller #0 to start. Fatal Error. Controller Monitor Failed. Array Controller not started. Press any key to continue. When I pressed anykey, I had BIOS not Installed as one of the messages scrolling through the monitor. Now the message I get is; No boot device available- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. and when F1 is pressed, the same message keeps displaying. What should I do?

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Power down thy system,pull the hard drive half way out remove all cards from the slots power up see if you go pass the processor etc,if not go into the system setup f2,integrated devices turn them all.see if you go further if you do go back in turn the devices on one by one,do not put the hard drives in yet.wait until you turn the scsi controler assuming you are using the integrated card.If you still cant the on board raid controler uses a raid dim if you can change thi note it must be the same type.
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Sounds like the RAID controller has failed. I would replace this first as RAID controllers are less expensive than replacing the system board, or the server as a whole.

Suggested: PERC 5i (RAID 0/1/5) or PERC 5iR (RAID 1 or 0 only)

Posted on Jan 03, 2010

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