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Hello all. I have a bit of a problem here. I do have a SmartStart 5.5. CDROM which came with this old server box. (It is one of the oldest ...
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    Question Compaq ProLiant DL300 (Generation I) SmartStart


    Hello all.

    I have a bit of a problem here.
    I do have a SmartStart 5.5. CDROM which came with this old server box.
    (It is one of the oldest of Compaq's ProLiant line called DL300 - Not the G2 model.)

    However, this box also have an array controller that needs to be set up in order to access the SCSI array of 4 x 18.2 GB HDD's.

    I wanted to set up FreeBSD on the box, (and a number of other linux distros) to play around with for a while, but unfortunately it seems the driver disks I have are corrupted.

    So now I am wondering, if anyone on LinuxForums have experience using Linux on a box like this, and possibly if someone could point me to where I can find the original SmartStart 5.5 and the Boot floppy for download.

    I have googled and gone through thousands of pages (not kidding) for well over three months now, and the drivers are not even available from HP/Compaq anymore.

    It's a waste and a shame if I cant use the machine because it's an otherwise great PIII 1GHZ/1GB RAM box more than sufficient to run Linux of just about any kind.

    (I ran VectorLinux and Knoppix Live CD on it before I lost the array controller and it also picks up on WinPE without a hitch but cant see the SCSI array anymore.)

    A foot note on this machine is that I altered the original hardware specs by installing a DVD-ROM replacing the original slimline CD-ROM and also added a 2 port USB adapter in one of the 32 bit PCI slots.

    I am not sure if the DVD is the reason to the CD not picking up on the SmartStart disk I have as the slimline CD-ROM was plugged to a special port on the motherboard, rather than going to a standard EIDE controller port.
    Any advice/help is appreciated.

    EDIT: - additional information ===================================

    with http before (since I cannot post url's here)

    ://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=US&swItem=MTX-597d7cb6b45d493285e27c1412&prodTypeId=15351&prodSe riesId=327479

    Points to the correct software but the page download link to ftp is broken.

    with ftp before (since I cannot post url's here)


    //ftp.hp.com/pub/products/servers/supportsoftware/ZIP/smartstart-5.50-0.zip

    points to the download path of the above page but the file is not existing.

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    A bump and reply to self so others wont have to go through this driver-h*** I did.
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    The file described above, as SmartStart 5.50 is supposedly not available for download anymore from hp/Compaq in spite of being linked as downloadable from their web site.

    None of the other DL range servers have the link in their driver list either, although it has a support page for the other parts.

    In one forum thread on HP/Compaq it was stated;

    Sep 10, 2004 14:52:34 GMT Unassigned
    Tony:

    You can purchase SmartStart 5.50 from HP here:
    (add http before)

    ://h18004.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/subscription/PSM_subscription.html
    for around US$25.00
    SmartStart 5.50 cannot be downloaded.
    Immediately following this it said...

    Hi Tony:

    You don't hae to purchase the smart start cd for that server; you can do manual install.

    The embedded ROC Raid Controller has RBSU or Orca; with F8 you can access the bios for that controller and create your logical drive.

    once the logical drive is created; you can then manually install Windows or any other o/s.

    Once the o/s is installed you can then Autorun the latest Smart start to install latest proliant support packs.


    Best regards,

    Tarek.
    In the final message to this thread, a helpful soul had posted the following link, which I hope to prove being the solution for my long search...

    The file is supposedly located at

    (add ftp before link)

    ://ftp.pwsz.elblag.pl/vol.1/compaq/smartstart-5.50/CPQSMST550.iso

    FTP in to the folder instead as it also gives you a required fdd file and a readme text file.

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