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  • Page 1 Acer Altos G300 Series User’s guide...
  • Page 2 Serial Number: ___________________________________ Purchase Date: ___________________________________ Place of Purchase: ________________________________ Acer and the Acer Logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other company’s product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies.
  • Page 3: Fcc Notice

    Notices FCC notice This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Notice: Canadian users This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
  • Page 5: Laser Compliance Statement

    make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating. Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.
  • Page 6: Lithium Battery Statement

    CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM. APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS. LASER KLASSE 1 VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG GEÖFFNET, NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO.
  • Page 7 en ekvivalent typ som rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera anvãnt batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion. VAROITUS Päristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu. Vaihda paristo ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hävitä käytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti. VORSICHT! Explosionsgefahr bei unsachgemäßen Austausch der Batterie Ersatz nur durch denselben oder einem vom Hersteller empfohlenem ähnlichen Typ.
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  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    1 Getting started Overview Processor Memory System chipsets ServerWorks GC-SL chipset LAN subsystem Expansion slots PCI bus Hardware management support Features summary Preinstallation requirements Selecting a site Checking the package contents Basic connections Connecting the keyboard Connecting the mouse Connecting the VGA monitor Connecting to the network Connecting the power cable System startup...
  • Page 10 Opening your system Removing the front panel Removing the side panels Installing and removing storage devices Replacing a 3.5-inch or a 5.25-inch storage device Installing a hard disk Installing a DLT Installing and removing the CPU Installing a CPU Removing a CPU Installing and removing memory modules Reconfiguring the system Installing expansion cards...
  • Page 11 Setup submenu: Exit Auto Configuration with Optimal Settings Auto Configuration with Fail-Safe Settings 5 Configuring IDE Software RAID Configuration Strategies Assigning RAID Levels Selecting a RAID Level Configuring Arrays Using the IDE Software RAID Setup Utility Auto Configure Stripe (F1) Auto Configure Mirror (F2) Auto Configure RAID 10 (F3) Create Array (F4)
  • Page 12 Appendix B: ASM quick installation guide Installing ASM System requirements ASM Agent ASM Console System setup Installing ASM Agent Installing ASM Console Appendix C: Rack installation guide System rack installation Vertical mounting hole pattern Screw types for rack installation Installing cage nuts Installing the system into the rack...
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    1 Getting started...
  • Page 14 The Acer Altos G301 is a PCI bus based single processor system loaded with a host of new and innovative features. The system offers a new standard for flexible productivity ideal for local or wide area networks and multiuser server environments.
  • Page 15: Overview

    Overview The Acer Altos G301 is a PCI bus based single processor system board built on an extended ATX baseboard. It comes with a single mPGA478 ® ® processor socket utilizing an Intel Pentium 4 processor integrated with the ServerWorks GC-SL chipset. The system board also integrates ®...
  • Page 16: Memory

    Memory The four DIMM sockets on board allow memory upgrade to a maximum of 4GB using four 1-GB DDR SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM) DIMMs. For data integrity, the default setting of the ECC (error- correcting code) function of the memory system in BIOS is enabled. The system board supports DDR266 SDRAMs;...
  • Page 17: Expansion Slots

    Expansion slots PCI bus The system board has one PCI buses that support 32-bit/33 MHz/5V PCI devices and four PCI buses supporting 64-bit/33 MHz/3.3V PCI devices. Hardware management support The system board supports the power-management function that conforms to the power-saving standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star program.
  • Page 18: Features Summary

    Features summary The main board has the following major components: • Utilizes a mPG478 processor socket that supports a Pentium 4 processor running start at 1.8 GHz and future generations of Pentium CPUs • ServerWorks GC-SL chipset which includes the north and the south bridge •...
  • Page 19: Preinstallation Requirements

    TV transmitters, etc. Checking the package contents Check the following items from the package: • Acer Altos G300 (Model: G301) system • Acer Altos G300 Series user’s guide • EasyBUILD CD • Acer Altos G300 Series accessory box •...
  • Page 20: Basic Connections

    1 Getting started Basic connections The system unit, keyboard, mouse, and monitor constitute the basic system. Before connecting any other peripherals, connect these peripherals first to test if the system is running properly. Connecting the keyboard...
  • Page 21: Connecting The Mouse

    Connecting the mouse...
  • Page 22: Connecting The Vga Monitor

    1 Getting started Connecting the VGA monitor Connecting to the network...
  • Page 23: Connecting The Power Cable

    Connecting the power cable...
  • Page 24: System Startup

    System startup After making sure that you have set up the system properly and connected all the required cables, you may now apply power to the system. To power on the system: Open the front panel door and press the power button. The system starts up and displays a welcome message.
  • Page 25: Power-On Problems

    Power-on problems If the system does not boot after you have applied power, check the following factors that might have caused the boot failure. • The external power cable may be loosely connected. Check the power cable connection from the power source to the power socket on the rear panel.
  • Page 26: Connecting Options

    1 Getting started Connecting options Printer To connect a printer, plug the printer cable into the parallel port located on the rear panel of your computer. USB devices Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a new serial bus design that is capable of cascading low-/medium-speed peripherals (less than 12 Mbps) such as a keyboard, mouse, joystick, scanner, printer and modem.
  • Page 27 To connect a USB device, simply plug the device cable into any of the USB ports. Note: Most USB devices have a built-in USB port which allows you to daisy- chain other devices.
  • Page 28: Tower-To-Rack Option

    Tower-to-rack option Aside from its tower configuration, the Acer Altos G300 (model G301) server can also be mounted in a rack-model position. A rack mount kit is available for customers who want to convert a tower-mounted system to a rack-model design.
  • Page 29: System Tour

    2 System tour...
  • Page 30 This chapter discusses the features and components of your computer.
  • Page 31: External And Internal Structure

    External and internal structure Front panel 4 and 6 Description CD-ROM drive stop/eject button CD-ROM drive play/forward button CD-ROM drive LED CD-ROM volume control CD-ROM drive tray CD-ROM drive earphone socket Altos EasyStor Cage (Removable HDD tray) Floppy disk drive tray...
  • Page 32 Note: The positions and features of items (1) - (7) above may differ depending on the optical drive module installed Description Floppy disk drive eject button Power button System power LED Hard disk access LED Warning LED 2 System tour...
  • Page 33: Rear Panel

    Rear panel Description Power cable socket Power Supply Fan System fan PS/2 mouse port PS/2 keyboard port USB ports Serial port Parallel port VGA port LAN port PCI expansion card slots...
  • Page 34: Internal Components

    Internal components Description Power supply System board 5.25-inch drive bays Altos EasyStor Cage (Removable HDD tray) System fan PCI expansion card slots 2 System tour...
  • Page 35: System Board Layout

    System board layout Item USB1 COM1 Description PS/2 Keyboard & PS/2 Mouse USB Connectors Serial Port VGA Port...
  • Page 36 Item LPT1 LAN1 Description Parallel Port RJ45 LAN Port ® Intel 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller ATI RageXL Power Connector (4-pin) Power Connector (20-pin) Rear System Fan EasyStor cage Front Fan CPU FAN DDR DIMM A DDR DIMM B DDR DIMM C DDR DIMM D P4 CPU Socket 478 North Bridge (CMIC-SL)
  • Page 37 Item Description 64-bit/33MHz/3.3V PCI Slot 4 64-bit/33MHz/3.3V PCI Slot 3 64-bit/33MHz/3.3V PCI Slot 2 32-bit/33MHz/5V PCI Slot 1 Jumper Setting Power Connector Reset Connector SCSI HDD Access LED Indicator Feature Connector C Connector BIOS Battery Buzzer Port80LED Diagnostics LED...
  • Page 38: Control Panel (Jp3)

    Control Panel (JP3) Jumper Setting (J13) Function PIN 1-2 Clear password 2 System tour Default setting...
  • Page 39: Diagnostics Led (Port80Led)

    Function PIN 3-4 Clear NVRAM PIN 5-6 Recover BIOS ROM Diagnostics LED (Port80LED) Note: Diagnostics LED show POST checkpoint codes when BIOS performs the Power On Self Test. See page 122. Default setting...
  • Page 40 2 System tour...
  • Page 41: Upgrading Your System

    3 Upgrading your system...
  • Page 42 This chapter contains instructions on how to upgrade your computer.
  • Page 43: Installation Precautions

    Installation precautions Before you install any system component, we recommend that you read the following sections. These sections contain important ESD precautions along with preinstallation and post-installation instructions. ESD precautions Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards, and other components. Always observe the following precautions before you install a computer component: Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  • Page 44: Post-Installation Instructions

    Post-installation instructions Observe the following after installing a computer component: See to it that the components are installed according to the step- by-step instructions in their respective sections. Replace any expansion boards or peripherals that you removed earlier. Replace the computer cover. Connect the necessary cables and turn on your computer.
  • Page 45: Opening Your System

    Opening your system Caution: Before you proceed, make sure that you have turned off your computer and all peripherals connected to it. Read the “Preinstallation instructions” on page 31. You need to open your computer before you can install additional components.
  • Page 46: Removing The Side Panels

    Removing the side panels The system housing has one front panel and two removable side panels. Always observe the following ESD (electrostatic discharge) precautions before installing any system component: Do not remove any system component from its packaging unless you are ready to install it. Wear a wrist grounding strap before handling electronic components.
  • Page 47 Detach the side panel. Repeat steps 4 to 5 to remove the other side panel.
  • Page 48: Installing And Removing Storage Devices

    Installing and removing storage devices The housing supports four 5.25-inch, and three internal 3.5-inch storage devices. The empty drive bays allow you to install additional drives such as a CD-ROM drive, digital audio tape (DAT) drive or another hard disk drive. Note: Your basic system comes with a CD-ROM drive, a 3.5-inch diskette drive, and a hard disk drive already installed.
  • Page 49 Remove the four screws with a Phillips screw driver and remove the old drive from the 3.5-inch hard disk tray. Note 1: Pull down the door of the EasyStor Cage till it clicks into place. Note 2: Pull it out in horizontal position. EasyStor Cage will become heavy when containing more than 2 hard disks.
  • Page 50: Installing A Hard Disk

    Installing a hard disk To install a hard disk drive into the hard disk frame: Insert the drive tray. Secure the drive tray with two screws. Connect the power and signal cables. 3 Upgrading your system...
  • Page 51: Installing A Dlt

    Installing a DLT To install a DLT drive into the 5.25-drive frame. Insert the DLT. Secure the DLT with two screws. Connect the power and signal cables. Note: DLT drive should be installed in the 1st or 2nd 5.25-inch drive tray.
  • Page 52: Installing And Removing The Cpu

    Installing and removing the CPU The Pentium 4 comes in a mPGA478 package. The mPGA478 package is designed for the new breed of sleek, high performance, small form factor PCs. The system board supports a Pentium 4 processor running start at 1.8 GHz and future generations of Pentium CPUs.
  • Page 53: Removing A Cpu

    Attach one side of the fan/heatsink metal bracket to the CPU socket and then gently push down the other side of the metal bracket until it locks in place. Connect the 3-pin fan/thermal cable to the system board. Refer to section “System board layout”...
  • Page 54 Gently push the socket lever down to release the lever and then pull it up. Remove the CPU. 3 Upgrading your system...
  • Page 55: Installing And Removing Memory Modules

    Installing and removing memory modules The four 184-pin sockets onboard support DDR SDRAM-type DIMMs. You may install 128-MB, 256-MB, 512-MB, or 1-GB DIMMs for a maximum of 4-GB system memory. This system board supports DDR266 266MHz SDRAM. Each of the DIMM socket is independent from the others. This independence allows you to install DIMMs with different capacities to form different configurations.
  • Page 56: Reconfiguring The System

    To remove a DIMM, press the holding clips on both sides of the socket outward to release the DIMM. Note: Place your forefingers on the top of the DIMM before you press the holding clips to gently disengage the DIMM from the socket.
  • Page 57: Installing Expansion Cards

    Installing expansion cards There are two kinds of expansion slots available in this system board. These are 32-bit PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) and 64-bit PCI. To install expansion cards: Locate an empty expansion slot on the system board. Remove the metal bracket located opposite the empty expansion slot using a Phillips screwdriver.
  • Page 58 Secure the card to the housing with a screw. When you turn on the system, BIOS automatically detects and assigns resources to the new device. Note: BIOS detects and configures only PnP (Plug n Play) expansion cards. 3 Upgrading your system...
  • Page 59: Setup Utility

    4 Setup utility...
  • Page 60 This chapter gives information about the system BIOS and tells how to configure the system by changing the settings of the BIOS parameters.
  • Page 61: Introduction

    Introduction Most systems are already configured by the manufacturer or the dealer. There is no need to run Setup when starting the computer unless you get a Run Setup message. The Setup program loads configuration values into the battery-backed nonvolatile memory called CMOS RAM. This memory area is not part of the system RAM.
  • Page 62: Setup Menu

    Setup Menu The computer employs the latest AMI BIOS CMOS chip with support for Windows Plug and Play. This CMOS chip contains the ROM Setup instructions for configuring the mainboard’s BIOS. The BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) Setup utility is a menu driven utility that enables you to make changes to the system configuration and tailor your system to suit your individual work needs.
  • Page 63: Setup Submenu: Main

    Setup submenu: Main Parameter Description AMIBIOS The core version of AMI BIOS. Version BIOS Build The date when the BIOS build. Date BIOS ID The version of current BIOS. System Time Use these items to set the correct time. System Date Use these items to set the correct date.
  • Page 64: Setup Submenu: Advanced

    Setup submenu: Advanced Parameter Description SuperIO Configure SuperIO Chipset Nat414. Configuration IDE Configuration Configure the IDE device(s). Floppy Configure the Floppy drive(s). Configuration OnBoard Devices OnBoard devices control Enable/Disable. Configuration PCIPnP Legacy USB control and PCI slot IRQ preference Configuration assign.
  • Page 65: Superio Configuration

    Parameter Description Remote Access Configure Remote Access. Configuration SuperIO Configuration • Onboard Serial Port 1 Use these items to disable the serial ports or to assign a port address and IRQ to the ports. • Onboard Parallel Port Use this item to disable the parallel port or assign a port address to the parallel port.
  • Page 66: Ide Configuration

    IDE Configuration Ad v an c ed ID E C o n fig u ratio n ____ ___ ___ __ ___ ___ ___ _ ____ ___ ___ __ ___ ___ ___ _ ____ ___ ID E S o ftw are R A ID [D isab led ] >...
  • Page 67: Auto Detect Hard Disks

    Parameter Description Hard Disk Disable/Enable device write Write Protect protection. This will be effective only if device is accessed through BIOS. Auto Detect Hard Disks This item automatically detects and installs any hard disk drives installed on the primary and secondary IDE channels. Most modern drives can be detected.
  • Page 68: Primary Ide Master (If Attached Hard Disk)

    Primary IDE Master (if attached Hard Disk) Parameter Description Type Configure the driver type. LBA/Large Select the hard disk drive translation Mode method. For drivers with more than 504MB, the LBA mode is necessary. Block Mode Auto: The Data transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device supports it.
  • Page 69 Parameter Description PIO Mode Select PIO (Programmed Input/ Output) Mode. Mode 0 to 4 provide successive increase of performance. DMA Mode Select DMA Mode: Auto: Auto detected SWDMAn: SingleWordDMAn MWDMAn: MultiWordDMAn UDMAn: UltraDMAn S.M.A.R.T. Enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T (Self- Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) in the internal hard disk.
  • Page 70: Secondary Ide Master (If Attached Atapi Cdrom)58

    4 Setup utility Secondary IDE Master (if attached ATAPI CDROM) Secondary IDE Slave (if none attached)
  • Page 71: Floppy Configuration

    Floppy Configuration Parameter Floppy Drive A • Floppy Drive A If you have one floppy drive installed change the item Floppy Drive A so that it describes the characteristics of the drive. Description Select the floppy drive type...
  • Page 72: Pcipnp Configuration

    PCIPnP Configuration A d v a n c e d P C I P n P C o n f ig u r a t io n P lu g & P la y O /S R e s e t C o n f ig u r e D a ta P C I L a t e n c y T im e r U S B F u n c t io n L e g a c y U S B S u p p o r t...
  • Page 73 Parameter Description ARMD Sets the emulation type for USB ZIP drive. Emulation Type PCI Slot-1 IRQ Manually set the PCI slot IRQ value slot-1. Preference PCI Slot-2 IRQ Manually set the PCI slot IRQ value slot-2. Preference PCI Slot-3 IRQ Manually set the PCI slot IRQ value slot-3.
  • Page 74: Boot Settings Configuration

    Boot Settings Configuration A d v a n c e d B o o t S e ttin g s C o n fig u ra t io n _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Q u ic k B o o t Q u ie t B o o t B o o tU p N u m -L o c k...
  • Page 75: Event Log Configuration

    Event Log Configuration A d v a n c e d E v e n t L o g C o n fig u r a tio n _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ E v e n t L o g A r e a : E v e n t L o g D a ta : E v e n t L o g g in g...
  • Page 76: View Event Log

    Parameter Description PCI Device Allow/Not allow logging of PCI PERR Event error events. Logging Intrusion Allow/Not allow logging of chassis Event intrusion events. logging Clear Clear chassis intrusion status and set Intrusion this value as ‘disabled’ at next time Status system boot if this item is enabled.
  • Page 77: Onboard Devices Configuration

    OnBoard Devices Configuration Parameter Description OnBoard LAN Enable or disable onboard LAN. OnBoard PCI Enable or disable onboard VGA. System Health Monitoring Hardware Hardware Monitor Setup Page This page lets you install hardware monitoring parameters so that the system can warn you when critical parameters are exceeded. Options Enabled Disabled...
  • Page 78: System Hardware Monitor

    System Hardware Monitor If your mainboard supports hardware monitoring, these items are auto-detected and the results are reported. You cannot make changes to these items. Parameter Description Case Status The current status detected by chassis intrusion switch. Current CPU Current CPU temperature detected by the sensor Temp on the board.
  • Page 79: Voltage Monitoring

    Parameter Description Voltage Press ‘Enter’ to view the voltage monitored. monitoring Voltage monitoring...
  • Page 80: Remote Access Configuration

    Remote Access Configuration Parameter Description Remote Access Select remote access type. Serial Port Select Serial Port setting. Mode 4 Setup utility Options Disabled Serial (ANSI) 115200 8,n,1 57600 8,n,1 19200 8,n,1 9600 8,n,1...
  • Page 81: Setup Submenu: Power

    Setup submenu: Power M a in A d v a n c e d P o w e r A C P I A w a re O /S P o w e r M a n a g e m e n t A C L o s t H a n d lin g P o w e r B u tto n M o d e V 0 2 .0 3 ©...
  • Page 82: Setup Submenu: Boot

    Setup submenu: Boot Parameter Description Boot Device Specifies the boot sequence from the available Priority devices. Hard Disk Drives Specifies the available hard disk drives boot sequence. Only first drive could boot the system. Removable Devices Specifies the available removable devices boot sequence.
  • Page 83: Boot Device Priority

    Boot Device Priority Parameter Description Configure the first boot device type. Boot Device Configure the second boot device Boot type. If first boot device fail to boot Device the system, BIOS will try to boot the system from 2 Nth Boot Configure the N-th boot device type.
  • Page 84: Hard Disk Drives

    Hard Disk Drives Parameter Hard Drive Hard Drive Description Configure the hard drive to boot the system. Configure the 2 hard drive. Note that only 1 hard drive could boot the system. 4 Setup utility...
  • Page 85: Removable Devices

    Removable Devices Parameter Removable Description Configure the 1 removable device to boot the system.
  • Page 86: Atapi Cdrom Drives

    ATAPI CDROM Drives Parameter Description Configure the first ATAPI CDROM to ATAPI boot the system. Only first CDROM CDROM could boot the system. 4 Setup utility Options CD-ROM available to the system.
  • Page 87: Setup Submenu: Security

    Setup submenu: Security Parameter Description Change User/ You can install a Supervisor password, and if you Supervisor install a supervisor password, you can then install a Password user password. A user password does not provide access to many of the features in the Setup utility.If you highlight these items and press Enter, a dialog box appears which lets you enter a password.
  • Page 88: Setup Submenu: Exit

    Setup submenu: Exit Parameter Description Exit Saving Exit system setup with saving the changes. Changes Exit Discarding Exit system setup without saving the changes. Changes Load Optimal Load Optimal Defaults. Defaults Load Failsafe Load Failsafe Defaults. Defaults Discard Changes Discard changes. Auto Configuration with Optimal Settings If you highlight this item and press Enter, a dialog box asks if you want to install optimal settings for all the items in the Setup utility.
  • Page 89: Auto Configuration With Fail-Safe Settings

    The optimal settings default values are quite demanding and your system might not function properly if you are using slower memory chips or other kinds of low-performance components. Auto Configuration with Fail-Safe Settings If you highlight this item and press Enter, a dialog box asks if you want to install fail-safe settings for all the items in the Setup utility.
  • Page 90 4 Setup utility...
  • Page 91: Configuring Ide Software Raid

    5 Configuring IDE Software RAID...
  • Page 92 This chapter gives information about configuring RAID IDE and arrays, assigning RAID levels, planning the arrayconfiguration, optimizing storage and using the RAID IDE Setup Utility.
  • Page 93: Configuration Strategies

    Configuring Arrays Organize the physical disk drives in arrays after the drives are connected to IDE software RAID. And array can consist of one to four physical disk drives, depending on the RAID level. Configuration Strategies The most important factors in RAID array configuration are drive availability (fault tolerance), and drive performance.
  • Page 94: Selecting A Raid Level

    Selecting a RAID Level To ensure the best performance, you should select the optimal RAID level when you create a system drive. The optimal RAID level for your disk array depends on the following factors: • Number of drives in the disk array •...
  • Page 95: Configuring Arrays

    Configuring Arrays After you have enabled IDE Software RAID in BIOS and have attached all physical disk drives, perform the following actions to prepare a RAID disk array Step Action Press <CTRL>+<M> to run the IDE Software RAID Manager Define and configure one or more logical drives. Create and configure one or more system drives (logical drives).
  • Page 96: Using The Ide Software Raid Setup Utility

    Using the IDE Software RAID Setup Utility The Setup window has three sections: • Array Information • Physical Drive Information • Help Only the Array Information and Physical Drive Information windows are active. The Array Information window can be edited, the Physical Drive Information window cannot.
  • Page 97: Auto Configure Stripe (F1)

    • Model number • Size in MB of each drive • The status of each drive (online, failed, or rebuilding) Information listed in the Physical Drive Information window cannot be edited. Only the <TAB>, <UP ARROW>, and <DOWN ARROW> keys will work when the control is in the Physical Drive Information window.
  • Page 98: Auto Configure Raid 10 (F3)

    Auto Configure RAID 10 (F3) Press the <F3> key to auto configure the drives for a RAID 10 array. A minimum of four free physical drives are required for the RAID 10 auto configuration. All previous settings will be lost when running Auto Configuration for Striping, Mirroring, or RAID 10.
  • Page 99 Drive(s) - There is no default setting for this field. You must select the drives for the configured array. When this field is selected, a pop-up window will display all the available physical drives with check boxes. Drive Selection Box Cntlr 0 - Primary Master Cntlr 0 - Primary Slave Cntlr 0 - Secondary Master...
  • Page 100: Delete Array (F5)

    Drive Size - This field cannot be edited. It displays the size of the array. When the array type is Stripe, the drive size is the total of all the drives selected (one or more drives). When Mirror, drive size is shown by an individual drive, and for Spare Pool, drive size shows the total drive capacity.
  • Page 101: Installing Windows Nt 4.0 And Windows 2000 Drivers

    Installing Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 Drivers Use the following procedure to install the IDE Software RAID Windows NT 4.0 or IDE Software RAID Windows 2000 driver on to the RAID- configured drives connected to the primary or secondary IDE channel. Step Description Boot the system with the Windows NT or Windows 2000 Boot Installation CD...
  • Page 102: Driver Installation

    Select SCSI Adapters. Select the Drivers tab. If the IDE Software RAID is already enabled, it will appear in the list as “LSI CSB6 Controller.” Select and remove it by clicking the Remove button. Click the Add button. Click the Have Disk button. Insert the floppy diskette into the floppy drive. Select Drive A: and click OK.
  • Page 103: Supported Internet Browsers

    IDE Software RAID Configuration Console Installation The system must have the items listed in the table below before you install the IDE Software RAID Configuration Console. You need to install items for some operating systems before you install the Configuration Console. Operating Service Pack System...
  • Page 104 5 Configuring IDE Software RAID To install MegaRAID Configuration Console software utilities, follow the instructions on the installation screens...
  • Page 105 For local administration of a system with IDE Software RAID, install MegaRAID Web Server and MegaRAID Server. For remote administration of different machines that contain IDE Software RAID, install MegaRAID Web Server, MegaRAID Server, and MegaRAID Registration Server. MegaRAID Registration Server needs to be installed on only one machine in the network.
  • Page 106 5 Configuring IDE Software RAID Click Install to begin the installation, Back to review or change any installation settings, or Cancel to exit the Wizard.
  • Page 107 This screen displays the progress of the installation. Click Finish to complete the installation.
  • Page 108: Ide Software Raid Configuration Console

    Using IDE Software RAID Configu- ration Console This section describes the IDE Software RAID Configuration Console software utility. You can use the software utilities that come with IDE Software RAID configuration console to perform the following actions. • Get information about the configuration •...
  • Page 109 Click the server name to select the RAID Server you want to configure. In the screen above, there is only one server listed. Continue the log-on procedure by selecting View Only or Full Access in the following screen. The table below describes the access options...
  • Page 110 Option Description View Only Allows you to only view the RAID configuration. It does not allow you to perform rebuilds or check consistency. Full Access This allows you to view, configure, and manage the IDE Software RAID controller. This option requires you to supply the Full Access Password. 5 Configuring IDE Software RAID...
  • Page 111 The main screen displays, as shown below. The following table displays the contents on IDE Software RAID Configuration Console main screen. It is broken up into 5 frames. Frame Description The top frame displays the following information: The server ID that you are logged on to. The mode you are logged on in.
  • Page 112 Name Description Scan Devices Re scans the system for new hard drives. After you click this button, the driver re scans all PCI devices. You will notice a significant decrease in system performance for a few seconds. Config View Displays the RAID configuration, media errors, and status of the drives and arrays.
  • Page 113: Config View

    you click Scan Devices, the application re scans for new hard drives. There is a delay while this occurs. Config View The following screen displays the IDE Software RAID Configuration Console with the Config View button in the left frame selected. When you click Config View, it displays the RAID configuration, media errors, and status of the drives and arrays.
  • Page 114: Raid Controller Properties

    5 Configuring IDE Software RAID RAID Controller Properties To view the RAID controller properties, click the button next to the RAID controller. After you click the button, the RAID controller ID displays in the right frame, and the link to the RAID controller Properties page displays below the controller ID.
  • Page 115: Property Description

    Property Description This Property Description screen displays the RAID controller properties. This table provides a description of each field. To exit this screen, click Config View or Scan Devices. Field Description Model Specifies the model number of the RAID controller. Driver Version Specifies the driver version of the RAID controller.
  • Page 116: Physical Drive

    PCI Bus ID Specifies the PCI Bus ID of the RAID controller. Device ID Specifies the Device ID of the RAID controller. Primary Channel Base Specifies the Primary Channel Base Address of the RAID Address controller. Primary Channel Specifies the Primary Channel Control Address of the RAID Control Address controller.
  • Page 117 Physical Drive Properties - This screen displays the physical drive properties. The table following provides a description of each field. To exit this page, click on Config View or Scan Devices. Field Description Firmware Specifies the firmware version of the physical drive. Status Specifies gives the status of the physical drive.
  • Page 118: Array

    Capacity Specifies the capacity of this physical drive. Transfer Mode Specifies the type of transfer mode used on this physical drive. Part of Array Specifies the part of the array wo which this physical drive belongs. The RAID mode for a striped array (RAID 0) is called performance, and for a mirrored array (RAID 1) is called reliability.
  • Page 119 shown in the following screen. Click the word Properties to view the Array Properties. The Array operations are described in the following information. Due to high resource usage during Rebuild and Consistency Check operations in the Windows operating system, only one action per RAID Server is allowed in Windows.
  • Page 120 5 Configuring IDE Software RAID Abort Check Consistency - When the Check Consistency begins, the words Checking Consistency flash next to the array that is being checked. You can abort the Check Consistency by clicking Abort Check Consistency in the right frame. You can view the progress of the Check Consistency by clicking Device Progress in the left frame.
  • Page 121 Check Consistency Device Progress -This screen displays the progress of the Check Consistency. The table below provides a description of each field. Field Description Array Specifies the array number being checked. Operation Specifies the type of operation being performed. Example: Check Consistency.
  • Page 122 Field Description Array This field gives the array number being rebuilt. Operation This field gives the type of operation being performed. Example: Rebuild. Percentage This field gives the percentage complete. Time Left This field gives the estimated time left to complete the task. Progress This gives a graphical representation of the progress.
  • Page 123 Array Properties - This screen displays the Array Properties. The table below provides a description of each field. Field Description Mode Displays the IDE Software RAID controller's RAID level. IDE RAID supports RAID 0, 1, and 10.
  • Page 124 Status Displays the health of the array. The array health status can be one of the following: On Line - Working within normal parameters. Off Line - All drives have failed. Deteriorated - One of the drives has failed. Logical Drive Displays the logical drive letters or volume names.
  • Page 125: Log Data

    Log Data This screen displays the Log Data screen. Use the scroll bar to view the log. To exit this page, click on Config View or Scan Devices.
  • Page 126: Advanced

    5 Configuring IDE Software RAID Advanced This screen displays the Advanced Settings of the IDE Software RAID Configuration Console. The table following provides a description of each field.
  • Page 127 Field Description Fail Physical Drive if Marks drive as Failed when error threshold is reached. After Error Threshold this drive is marked as Failed, it can’t be used anymore. Drive Reached status can be changed only from the BIOS Configuration Utility (<Ctrl><M>).
  • Page 128: Backplane

    Backplane This screen displays the backplane information of the RAID array. Different backplanes can have different features. This application shows the following: • Current temperature inside the backplane • Error log • Fan speed To exit this page, click Config View or Scan Devices. Close Server To exit this RAID server, click Close Server in the left frame.
  • Page 130 5 Configuring IDE Software RAID...
  • Page 131: Appendix A: Amibios Post Checkpoint Codes

    Appendix A: AMIBIOS POST Checkpoint Codes...
  • Page 133: Amibios Post Checkpoint Codes

    AMIBIOS POST Checkpoint Codes Uncompressed Initialization Codes The uncompressed initialization checkpoint codes are listed in order of execution: Checkpoint Code Description The NMI is disabled. Power on delay is starting. Next, the initialization code checksum will be verified. Initializing the DMA controller, performing the keyboard controller BAT test, starting memory refresh, and entering 4 GB flat mode next.
  • Page 134: Post Checkpoint Codes

    POST Checkpoint Codes Bootblock Recovery Codes The bootblock recovery checkpoint codes are listed in order of execution: Checkpoint Code Description The onboard floppy controller if available is initialized. Next, beginning the base 512 KB memory test. Initializing the interrupt vector table next. Initializing the DMA and Interrupt controllers next.
  • Page 135: Uncompressed Initialization Codes

    Checkpoint Code Description Next, erasing the flash ROM. Next, programming the flash ROM. Flash ROM programming was successful. Next, restarting the system BIOS. Uncompressed Initialization Codes The following runtime checkpoint codes are listed in order of execution. These codes are uncompressed in F0000h shadow RAM. Checkpoint Code Description The NMI is disabled.
  • Page 136 Checkpoint Code Description The keyboard controller BAT command result has been verified. Next, performing any necessary initialization after the keyboard controller BAT command test. The initialization after the keyboard controller BAT command test is done. The keyboard command byte is written next. The keyboard controller command byte is written.
  • Page 137 Checkpoint Code Description Interrupt vector initialization is done. Clearing the password if the POST DIAG switch is on. Any initialization before setting video mode will be done next. Initialization before setting the video mode is complete. Configuring the monochrome mode and color mode settings next.
  • Page 138 Checkpoint Code Description The display mode is set. Displaying the power on message next. Initializing the bus input, IPL, general devices next, if present. See page 131 for additional information. Displaying bus initialization error messages. See page 131 for additional information. The new cursor position has been read and saved.
  • Page 139 Checkpoint Code Description The amount of memory below 1 MB has been found and verified. Determining the amount of memory above 1 MB memory next. The amount of memory above 1 MB has been found and verified. Checking for a soft reset and clearing the memory below 1 MB for the soft reset next.
  • Page 140 Checkpoint Code Description The A20 address line, parity, and the NMI are disabled. Adjusting the memory size depending on relocation and shadowing next. The memory size was adjusted for relocation and shadowing. Clearing the Hit <DEL> message next. The Hit <DEL> message is cleared. The <WAIT...> message is displayed.
  • Page 141 Checkpoint Code Description Locked key checking is over. Checking for a memory size mismatch with CMOS RAM data next. The memory size check is done. Displaying a soft error and checking for a password or bypassing WINBIOS Setup next. The password was checked. Performing any required programming before WINBIOS Setup next.
  • Page 142 Checkpoint Code Description Initialization before the C800 adaptor ROM gains control has completed. The adaptor ROM check is next. The adaptor ROM had control and has now returned control to BIOS POST. Performing any required processing after the option ROM returned control.
  • Page 143: Bus Checkpoint Codes

    Checkpoint Code Description Initialization before passing control to the adaptor ROM at E000h completed. Passing control to the adaptor ROM at E000h next. Returned from adaptor ROM at E000h control. Performing any initialization required after the E000 option ROM had control next. Initialization after E000 option ROM control has completed.
  • Page 144: Additional Bus Checkpoints

    Additional Bus Checkpoints While control is inside the different bus routines, additional checkpoints are output to I/O port address 0080h as word to identify the routines being executed. These are word checkpoints. The low byte of checkpoint is the system BIOS checkpoint where control is passed to the different bus routines.
  • Page 145: Appendix B: Asm Quick Installation Guide

    Appendix B: ASM quick installation guide...
  • Page 146 This appendix shows you how to install the ASM software package.
  • Page 147: Installing Asm

    Installing ASM Acer Server Manager (ASM) consists of the ASM Console and the ASM Agent. These two components are both required to perform server management tasks. System requirements ASM requires TCP/IP connectivity between the ASM Console and the ASM Agent.
  • Page 148: Installing Asm Agent

    For detailed instructions on installing ASM Agent, refer to the ASM User’s manual. To launch the program, on the Windows taskbar click on the Start button, point to Programs, select Acer Server Management Suite then click ASM Agent. Installing ASM Console...
  • Page 149: Appendix C: Rack Installation Guide

    Appendix C: Rack installation guide...
  • Page 150 Appendix C: Rack installation guide This appendix shows you how to convert your Altos G300 series server from a stand- alone tower to a rack-mounted system.
  • Page 151: System Rack Installation

    Aside from its tower configuration, the Altos G301 server system can also be mounted in a rack-model position. A rack mount kit is available for customers who want to convert a tower-mounted system to rack- model design. To purchase a rack mount kit, contact your local Acer representative.
  • Page 152: Vertical Mounting Hole Pattern

    Vertical mounting hole pattern The four vertical rails of a rack contain mounting holes arranged in a manner shown in the figure below: The system occupies 6U in the rack. Count the U positions and hole numbers from the bottom up. Note: The unit of measurement used in this document is "U"...
  • Page 153: Screw Types For Rack Installation

    Screw types for rack installation The following screws are used in the assembly of the Acer Altos G301 and other rack-mountable components. Screw type #8-32 x 0.25 inch Hex head #6-32 0.25 inch M4 x L8 M4 nut M6 x L10...
  • Page 154 Pinch the cage nut lips with your fingers and press until it locks into place. Repeat this process to install the other cage nuts in their appropriate locations. Appendix C: Rack installation guide...
  • Page 155: Installing The System Into The Rack

    Installing the system into the rack To install the system into the rack: Remove the front panel from the server. Refer to “Removing the front panel” on page 33 for instructions. Remove the foot stands from the server. Lay the server on its side on a flat, stable surface. Remove both of the screws from the center of each of the server’s four foot stands.
  • Page 156 Do the same thing with the other rack bracket. Attach the inner rails to both sides of the server tray. Align the inner rail to the screw holes located on either side of the server tray. (2) Secure the two rails to the server using #8-32 x 0.25 inch screws.
  • Page 157 Set the server tray aside. Attach the rack brackets to the mounting rails. • Align the rack brackets to the mounting rail until the six screw holes become visible. • Secure the rack bracket to the mounting rail using M4 x L8 screws.
  • Page 158 Install the mounting rails to the rack using four M6 x L10 screws for each mounting rail. Appendix C: Rack installation guide...
  • Page 159 Extend the middle sliding piece of each mounting rail forward until it clicks. 10 Install the server tray into the rack by first carefully aligning the inner rails attached to the tray with the mounting rails on the rack. Press the release latch on both sides of the server tray. Slide the server tray into the rack then push the tray into the rack until it clicks.
  • Page 160 11 Turn the Altos G301 on its side. (1) Place the system on the server tray. (2) Push the server to the back of the tray so it can be secured to the tray. 12 Secure the server to the back of the server tray using the two attached screws.
  • Page 161 13 Attach the Cable Arm The optional Cable Arm keeps peripheral and power cables from becoming tangled or severed when the system slides in or out. Attach the cable arm to the back of the server with two screws. Install two cage nuts in the rail to which the cable arm is to be attached.
  • Page 162 Appendix C: Rack installation guide Bundle all cables to the cable carrier with the cable clamps. The cable arm will protect the cables when the system is being moved into or out of the server rack.

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