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One of our servers can never reboot without pausing at the BIOS prompt asking to "F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup utility".

I have gone into Setup and there is nothing there to stop it prompting for this; I have gone into the Remote Access Configuration Utility (CTRL+E) and have setup some values hoping that because it was setup it would not keep asking, but nope, nothing obvious like "Disable Remote Access Configuration".

This is the screen we see: Bios Screen

Does anyone know what we can do to let our machine boot cleanly??

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AFAIK, an unconfigured DRAC won't stop the server from booting. There's another reason it's stopping. Are there any other messages when the server POSTs? – joeqwerty Nov 20 '12 at 14:28
Nope, all you see above is all we see – Dan Nov 21 '12 at 14:30
Hmmm... I've never heard of or seen an unconfigured DRAC cause POST to stop. A phone call to Dell is probably in order. – joeqwerty Nov 21 '12 at 14:38
We're having the same issue at our shop. Did you ever figure this out? – user152897 Jan 10 '13 at 20:52
This plaguing my PE2900 tower as well would like to see a solution. – SpacemanSpiff Jan 10 '13 at 22:12

in my case, it was because the poweredge 840 server was using the onboard sata

i had enabled all 4 channels for auto detect but only 2 channels/sata ports were populated

once i disabled the unconnected ports; the f1/f2 error disappeared.

thanks to those that posted above for the thip

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Thanks. This solved the problem with Dell PowerEdge 2900 and BIOS version 2.7.0. – oherrala Jan 19 at 15:37


There are some simple things that can cause this problem, I would make sure to remove any external devices before flashing the ROM. I have seen the issue caused by keyboards and mice.

In the BIOS, make sure your boot order is set correctly (perc@top), and disable any IDE or SATA channels that are not connected.

1) Get a USB drive

2) Download the 1.5 version of the BMC:

file should be PET110BmcA03.exe, 7.2MB, extract

3) Follow these directions to create a bootable USB

4) Instructions for flashing:

Copy the firmware image file, firmimg.d6, the DOS executable,bmcfwud.exe, and config file, bmcfwu.cfg, to a bootable USB key/floppy in the same directory. >>> Do this in step #3 above

  1. boot off this media and execute "bmcfwud.exe" from the directory where the firmware image file exists. "-i" option can be used to specify the exact image path if not in the same directory.

  2. Reboot the system to the same media as prompted.

  3. Execute "bmcfwud.exe" again to complete the firmware update.

  4. Reboot the system

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