no beeps, no video on boot

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August 15, 2010 at 12:19:35
Specs: Novell 6 server
I've recently inherited job of maintaining an old Novell 6 server at a small private school. I was updating software on pc's yesterday and notice that the Netware client software couldn't find the server. Green light is on, fans are running, no video to monitor. I reset and powered down the server. On power-up, no beeps, no video, fans are running.
Any suggestions? I'm no network guru, just trying to help out our small school.
Thanks for suggestions.

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#1
August 15, 2010 at 18:30:48
I guess, it isn't a netware problem but a hardware problem.
You have to open the case and check, whether all cards like graphic card, netword card a.s.o. are well seated.

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#2
August 16, 2010 at 04:20:00
I've opened the case. Everything seems to be seated well. Video card, etc. are integrated on motherboard. It's an old Intel S865 W1 server which is out of support. Thanks

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#3
August 16, 2010 at 14:51:14
Hmmm, that's not as easy to figure out.

Could be the power supply, when one of the voltages is missing. E.g. if the 12 V is missing, no electric motor (hard drive) will spin up.
If the 5 V is missing, the chips on board or on plug-in cards will not work.

Something like that could cause the problem.

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#4
August 17, 2010 at 04:21:27
Didn't think of that! Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try later today when I get home from the "paying" job.

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#5
August 24, 2010 at 19:42:53
I think it's "fried". Now when I power it up there is a definite "electrical" odor like a short or hot wiring. I don't think it's worth trying to salvage for our needs. Is there any way to retrieve the data from the IDE HDD's, i.e. copy to SCSI HDD's? It would be nice to be able to retrieve the Novell 6 license file. Nothing has been backed up since original installation approx. 7 years ago and nobody knows where any of the original install cd's are located.

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#6
August 24, 2010 at 23:43:10
The licenses came originally from a file but when installed to a Novell Netware Server, they are stored in the Novel eDirectory, not in a file.
So you have to find the License disks, because you can't even get the licenses from a running netware server.
Did you figure out, where the electronical odor came from.
If it's the power supply, it's worth to try another power supply.
Btw.: There is no other possibility to get the data backed up, but running the server for one time again.

Ah stop. You can try to make disk images (e.g. Norton Ghost or TrueImage) of the netware ide hard drives and restore these images into a virtual machine.
After that, you have to change some driver settings in the startup.ncf, which is stored on the C drive (DOS partition) of the server. If that has acomplished, you have to start the server with the loadstage feature.
E.g.: server -NA -NS -NL
where:
-NA means no autoexec.ncf at startup
-NS means no startup.ncf at startup
-NL means no logo at startup

So this command loads the Kernel stage 0 only.

To check, whether all drivers in startup.ncf are ok, by typing
loadstage 1
at the servers console prompt.
Then you can load the next stage by
loadstage 2
and so on, up to loadstage 5, where the servers modules are completely loaded as normal.
If you figure out any issue during the different loadstages, you have to write them down and post back or use google, to solve the issue.

After that, when everything is running smoothly, you have a Novell Netware Server running on a virtual machine, which can be easily transfered to another machine running e.g. VMware or whatever supports Novell Netware on VMs.

Hope that helps a bit.

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#7
August 25, 2010 at 04:35:53
Thanks for the quick reply. I will see what I can do with all this information. I did find a disk which was labeled as License. It had the correctly named license file on the disk but while trying to load on a different server I kept getting an error message that the file wasn't found and Novell could not continue to load.

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#8
August 25, 2010 at 04:53:56
Take a look at the files, store on that disk.
On floppy disk you should have a folder named "License".
In this folder you should find 2 files, e.g.:
402249442.nfk
402249442.nlf

These files are the license files for Novell Netware.
These licenses must be installed be using e.g.
NWAdmn.exe
which is located at the SYS volume of a Netware server.
SYS:\PUBLIC\WIN32\nwadmn32.exe

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