On Mon, Jun 26, 2006 at 11:24:54AM -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> > Mike Galvez wrote:
> > [ ... ]
> > > No small thing you need to consider when choosing Dell is that they DO
> > > NOT support
> > > FreeBSD. They support Windows and Red Hat Linux. If the machine is not
> > > lights-out
> > > and the OS is not one of the above, they will not send parts or a
> > > technician.
> > >
> > > I found this out the hard way and had to load Linux on a spare drive just
> > > to prove
> > > a piece of hardware was failing.
> > I've heard that Dells tech support isn't as helpful as it used to be, but
> > I've
> > had them replace a CD-ROM drive and a 4mm DAT tape backup on Dell machines
> > dedicated to FreeBSD without any problems.
> > Try running the diagnostic CD or floppy that came with the machine?
> > (Or can be downloaded for the specific system type from the Dell website.)
> Dell support grumbles a bit, but they have replaced tapes, disks, SCSI
> controllers and even mother boards on our machines running FreeBSD.
My problem was with my backup server being FreeBSD and running AMANDA. The
autoloader was generating SCSI errors. After I setup AMANDA on Linux and got
errors, they were willing to replace the Powervault autoloader.
With the new autoloader in place, I replaced the Linux OS with the same
instance of FreeBSD
I was using before. No more SCSI errors.
All of this took more time than it should have.
> > --
> > -Chuck
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