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I have made several bootable disks: CentOS amd64, CentOS i386 and the HP SmartStart software. My second hand server refuses to boot to any of them, displaying the message: "non system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready"

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And the BIOS is capable of doing that? And is configured accordingly? – mailq Aug 10 '11 at 17:25

Make sure the drive is actually functional. I've had plenty of media drives on G3 ProLiants die after 5 years or so. Do you have a USB CD/DVD you can try with?

Other than that, enter the Rom-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) and make sure the "Boot Order" is set to hit the media drive before the Smart Array controller.

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Thanks for the response, I have checked in the RBSU and found the "Boot Controller Order". You're right, the Smart Array controller is listed before the PCI IDE controller, but I don't seem to be able to change this order as the setting appear to be read only. – Jonny Aug 10 '11 at 17:36
Well, that only applies to boot disk settings. If your CD/DVD is listed first in the standard Boot menu, then you have the right setup. Your drive may not work, though. Can you test with a USB unit or a drive from another server? – ewwhite Aug 10 '11 at 17:37
I have another server drive available, though that server was having the same issue as the one I'm currently testing on. I will try the drive just in case, however. – Jonny Aug 10 '11 at 17:40
Just tried out the other drive I had available, it gives the same error, it could be possible that both drives are shot, but I believe that the servers came from an environment where they were used regularly. Any other ideas? – Jonny Aug 10 '11 at 17:51
I'm going to try a PXE boot instead. Wish me luck! – Jonny Aug 10 '11 at 18:19

I have HP Proliant DL360 G4 series server and it was not recognizing the portable CD/DVD ROM then I used USB external CD ROM. I changed the Booting order from USB Drive and it worked from that.

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Check the BIOS is configured to boot from the CD before the internal disks.

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@Jonny Can you edit your question to include the information that's led you to that theory? – Shane Madden Aug 10 '11 at 17:31

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