dn,

1. You probably already know this but technically, you should have started with 
the Compaq Smart Start CDs.  There's a Unix option on there too but I've never 
used it so I'm not sure what the difference is specifically (never loaded BSD 
or Linux on those).  This would have taken you through the process of setting 
the system clock, configuring the RAID array(s), etc.

2. If there are BSD/Linux tools available, you should be able to d/l them from 
HP or they may be on the Compaq CDs.

BTW, you say you don't have the CDs for *all* the machines in question.  In my 
experience with our since retired ProLiant 5500s, 1850s, ML330s, and ML350s, 
I've found that they can all use (and work the best with) the newer CD I have 
which is "Compaq SmartStart for Servers - Release 5.0".  These systems are a 
couple years different in age and I think the older ones shipped with "Compaq 
SmartStart for Servers - Release 4.60" at the earliest.

If you want to try the CD and need one, I can ftp the .iso to you.

Steve

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Subject: accessing BIOS and RAID info on old Compaqs


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Greetings. For FBSD 6.1 on old Compaq DL320 and 1850R machines:

1. Is there a way to access the system BIOS, either at boot time or
(preferably) from within FBSD? I'm specifically interested in seeing
what the system's hardware clock is set to.

2. Is there a way to monitor the Compaq Smart Array RAID controllers and
disks attached to them from within FBSD?

Smartmontools is great for monitoring disk health, but no good with
RAID. I don't have Compaq RAID CDs for all the machines in question, and
in any event would prefer to monitor disks from within FBSD if possible.

thanks

dn
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