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Old 08-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Trying to get an OS on an old IBM server.

I aquired an old Server from a friend that I hope to use to host my website.
The exact model is a IBM eServer xSeries 300.

Understand that I am young and this whole experience is more to learn than anything. However i thought it would be a lot easier since I'd have known what i was doing if it hadn't been for all this.

so basicly the server will not boot from disk. Every time it says failure. The disk in question is a Debian boot disk that i burnt myself. I know it works because i have tried it in a virtual machine.

After a long afternoon of reburning disks and trying them i came to the assumption that the drive was either broken or wasn't communicating with the servers motherboard correctly.

I then tried a PXE boot, I could not get this to work, however the server is definitely capable of doing so. I got as far as getting it on a dhcp network with This Tutorial.

So basicly i reached the end of my own knowledge/patience and decided that i needed some outside help. I need a way to either get the opdrive working or a guaranteed way of PXEing it.

i have very little knowledge of the backend of computers, bios etc. not because i don't want to know, but because i've never had an opportunity to learn.

EDIT: booting from a usb didn't work
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Default Re: Trying to get an OS on an old IBM server.

Why not try replacing the disk drive? Or try creating a bootable flashdrive (if you're doing a Linux distro, you can use Unetbootin).
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How does the USB flash drive thing work? I'm not sure if the bios supports booting from usb as this was not listed in the boot menu.
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It sometimes will only pop up in the boot menu when a flash drive plugged in.

Use Unetbootin to create the bootable flash drive using the ISO you downloaded for the CD.
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It sometimes will only pop up in the boot menu when a flash drive plugged in.

Use Unetbootin to create the bootable flash drive using the ISO you downloaded for the CD.
Will give it a go, will report back shortly
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I'm guessing it doesn't have the option to boot off of USB?

I would suggest just replacing the CD drive or borrow one from a different computer.
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