dell poweredge 6600 will not boot

April 29, 2012 at 04:35:36
Specs: windows server 2003
dell power edge 6600 will not boot only boots into bios it will not boot into drives how do u select a drive to boot to cannot find cd drive

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April 29, 2012 at 07:15:32
-Someone mess the BIOS
-Dead drives

Enter BIOS and confirm if all drives are recognized. Then find boot order in BIOS and correct it.

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April 29, 2012 at 09:45:32
The number one problem we who answer on this web site have is the person who started the topic has NOT provided enough information !!

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Has this system ever worked properly for you previously ?
If yes, after what point did it stop working properly ?

Were you fiddling around with drive connections inside the case ?

Did you remove a hard drive, or install a hard drive or another hard drive?

How many hard drives does it have if it has more than one ?

What have you tried to fix your problem(s) ?

The computer (the computer's mboard) IS booting fine, otherwise you would not see video while booting, at least before an operating system loads, or be able to get into the bios. That also probably indicates there is no problem with the ram installed in the mboard.

Your actual problem is it's not loading anything from a hard drive.

Apparently, the Poweredge 6600 server series first came out circa 2004.

If you're getting a Cmos Checksum Error or similar message every time you boot the computer while booting, the Cmos battery may be too weak or dead, or it's upside down in it's socket (you must be able to see the + on the top of the battery when it's installed).
In some cases, the bios automatically goes into the bios Setup while booting when there is a Cmos Checksum Error or similar message.
You must set at least the date and time in the bios if those are set to defaults in the bios Setup in order to get rid of that error message while booting the computer. If the Cmos battery is okay and is installed in it's socket properly, the time and date will be retained after the AC power has been removed to the computer, then restored.

CD drives (CD and DVD drives; optical drives) do NOT last forever. It would NOT be unusual if it no longer works properly if it's the original drive.
The thing that usually makes an optical drive no longer usable first is the cheap sleeve bearings in it's motor have worn to the point that there is so much friction in them that the motor can no longer spin at the minimum 1X speed, or the motor doesn't spin at all.

When the computer is running, the CD drive should eject / retract it's tray when you press the button on the front of it for that, and it's led should come on briefly after it has retracted.
That only requires that it has a power connector connected to it that is actually supplying power.

It that works, if there's nothing wrong with the CD drive's data cable connection to the mboard and if the jumper setting on the back of the drive is set correctly if that applies (I'm not sure whether it's an IDE or a SCSI drive - if the data cable has connectors for a header that has more than 40 pins it's a SCSI drive) , then the bios SHOULD detect the drive, even if it's motor no longer spins properly.

There is lots of documentation on the Dell web site for this series, and elsewhere on the web.


System Overview
Dell™ PowerEdge™ 6600 Systems User's Guide

System Features


Support for up to twelve 1-inch, internal, hot-pluggable Ultra3 SCSI hard drives (eight drives in the hard-drive bay and an optional four drives in the peripheral bay).

Support for an optional internal tape-backup device (full-height or half-height) in the peripheral bay.

A single, 1.44-MB, 3.5-inch diskette drive.

A 24X IDE CD or DVD drive.

Three hot-pluggable, 600-W power supplies in a 2 + 1 redundant configuration.

You have a complicated system.

I know almost nothing about how you connect SCSI hard drives correctly.

First off, the bios Setup's Boot Order or similar settings must be suitable.

Floppy drive
CD Drive
Hard Drive

...will allow you to load an operating system from a bootable floppy disk, or a bootable CD, or a bootable hard drive partition, without you having to change settings in the Boot Order or similar list.

If there is the option to select a bootable network adapter to boot the computer (operating system) from, that should NOT be in the list, or if it's always in the list it should NOT before hard drive in the list, unless you have that network adapter connected to working an institutional or business network

The bios will NOT try to boot from any other drive in the list if a floppy disk is inserted and found to be not bootable.

The bios will NOT find that the hard drive is bootable
- if it has no operating system installed on a partition on it
- if it DOES have an operating system installed on a partition on it but there's something seriously wrong with the data on the drive that prevents that.

The bios will NOT try to boot an operating system from another hard drive if the first drive it is set to detect is not bootable.
When you have more than one hard drive, the default bios settings may not be detecting the right hard drive first, and you may need to change a bios setting regarding that.
Some bioses have a list of hard drives - the one with the operating system on it you want the bios to detect first must be listed first
Some bioses list more than one hard drive in the Boot Order or similar list - the one with the operating system on it you want the bios to detect first must be listed first.

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