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FrozenTundra
11-15-2001, 01:16 AM
Hello All,

I have a new Dual 800mhz and OSX 10.1 server. It had been running fine for about a week and now has locked up. I have reinstalled the OS, formatted the hard drive then reinstalled the OS several times and I keep hanging at a blue screen on start up.

I am Mac literate, but a newbie to OS X server. I really do not know where to begin on this one. I had called Apple and have followed there directions to format and install the OS. I really could use some help om this one.

Thanks,
Tim

chatwood2
11-15-2001, 04:39 AM
Dual 800s have a severe problem running 10.0.4 server and client. They cannot boot from a fresh install of the OS. The hard drive has to be moved to a different computer and a support package has to be installed from the 10.0.4 CD that came with the dual 800.

If you are installing a full 10.1 server edition this problem has been fixed. You should be able to boot a normal server install.

I assume that the machine can boot off of the 10.1 server install CD. If it does and gets all the way through the install does is hang on the next reboot? If so, does the setup assistant launch or does it blue screen before? If it makes it through the setup assistant does it blue screen on the next reboot or on later reboots?

If it hangs booting from the CD, you have a major hardware problem. If it hangs before the setup assistant there is something wrong with the hard drive (bad block, bad master/slave setting if IDE). If it hangs on the reboot after the setup assistant there might be a mis-configuration (not connected to network and expecting DHCP, netinfo parent/child mismatch). If it hangs on later reboots you might have data corruption issues.

I had a similar problem (server blue screening a few days after a OS install) with Blue and White running 10.1 server. It is now fixed. And to be honest I am not sure what cured it. I did a few low level formants of the boot drive, countless OS reinstalls, hard drive swaps. Somewhere in there it fixed itself.

I am now having another problem, kernel panics about IOATA on boot on a different Blue and White. But it is a rev A, bad IDE controllers on those. Although I am running a ACARD ATA100 card in it too, so that might be the problem. IDE Voodoo.

- Chris

[This message has been edited by chatwood2 (edited 15 November 2001).]

dragon_x
11-15-2001, 05:46 PM
I do not have any experience with X/10.1 Server, but I have a little with 10.0.4 & 10.1 (professional?-) My Pismo PBG3/400 is nearly stock (just a little extra RAM) and 10.0 + 10.1 update installed fairly easily (I even had it hooked to a USB KVM switch connected to a SONY 20" CRT Flatscreen http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif) My B&W G3/REVB XLR8G3/500Mhz + Dual PCI RADEONS & AdaptecU2b really threw 10.0 and then 10.1 for a loop. It took about 3 failed startups for each version (10.0 & 10.1) to finally work or fully bootup. Also it seems that sleep crashes (freezes) the system. So there is still some funkyness with the video drivers.

System is is otherwise GREAT - I can now run two FULL SCREEN QT videos, one in each window - with NO frame loss. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Its snappy and stable. Now we just need Photoshop, Unreal Tournament and Quark Express. For work we also need GroupWise & Netware, but I aint holding my breath.

Funky PCI dual RADEON voodoo http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/eek.gif

FrozenTundra
11-15-2001, 06:17 PM
I have 2 ATTO UL3D cards, 1.5 GB of Ram, NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card otherwise it is a stock Dual 800 mhz machine. I am running an Apple 17" flatpanel display. Could the NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card be a problem? The other likely culprit maybe the ATTO cards I suppose. Why would this run fine for a week and then start acting up? When it was up it really looked great. I need to solve this mystery so I can start serving production from this new bad boy. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
FrozenTundra

chatwood2
11-15-2001, 07:27 PM
I have a single ATTO UL3D in my G4 533, and have had no problems at all with booting and have not had a single blue screen.

There is a guy in my dorm with a dual 800 and the GeForce3. He has had problems in OS 9 and OS 10 with file corruption, freezes, blue screens. We have not been able to track down the problem, but deleting a whole ton of porn on his computer has help with stability.

I guess it might be the GeForce3, seems unlikely though. Do you have an different AGP video card that you could try in its place?

- Chris