I've got one PE1650 that had the same issue. That's one of my Win2K boxes (for the moment) so I was able to run Dell's script straight from within Windows, but it pretty much boots the DOS CD (CD 2) as one of the steps and runs the sofware from there.
It basically flashes the PERC card BIOS and firmware and flashes the motherboard BIOS if necessary. The whole process took about an hour, but that also included uninstalling and reinstalling the latest Dell OpenManage software, which was a good chunk of time itself. I don't recall it ever running a consistency check, but the paperwork did claim it would run one in the background (presumably through the Dell software) and I didn't check on it. Good news is the process did go off without a hitch. I ran backups just in case, of course, but again, no problems. Good luck! Take care, Mike ---Original Message --- hi all does anyone on the list have any production dell poweredge 1650 servers? we have several. we recently got a memo from our dell reps that there is a firmware upgrade to the PERC3 dual channel SCSI raid cards. this firmware upgrade is supposedly a preventative measure - apparently, dell has had some experience with the cards not being able to recover after one of the raid controllers goes down, they explained to me on the phone that this firmware upgrade is pretty much mandatory. of course, since our boxen are running freebsd 4.6-4.9-RELENG, the dell rep who came over to our server room to run the firmware upgrade would not touch them. he left a disk for me to do this myself - apparently, the the firmware upgrade involves booting to a cdrom which applies the firmware for you, rebooting, then hitting control-m to get into the perc3 management console, running a consistency check (could take an hour or so), then rebooting into the o/s. they informed me that i would not have to upgrade the kernel or download patches for freebsd's native scsi raid drivers for this card. has anyone applied the firmware upgrade to their own dells? seems relatively straightforward, but thought i'd check with the list before taking down machines that have been running flawlessly for almost a year to apply something which may be arbitrary... thanks redmond _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"