Guide: Flashing H310/H710/H810 Mini & full size to IT Mode

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I was not on the latest bios version. I was on version 2.6.1. I did upgrade to version 2.9.0 following the steps outlined in
but once it completed I tried again and same results stuck on the suspect partition size setting.

I'm using the Map CD/DVD option with virtual media like your attached screenshot. Next I'll try reseting the bios back to default settings and flip off the following

Processor Settings > Virtualization Technology
Integrated Devices > SR-IOV Global Enable
Integrated Devices > I/OAT DMA Engine

They are currently all disabled but perhaps there are additional settings that need to be off as well that you get from defaulting the bios. I bought this server from a 3rd party company that was using it for hosting. Perhaps they had some other non compatible bios settings in place.

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After resetting all bios to defaults and flipping off the 3 things above to disabled it is still stuck on the suspect partition step if I use idrac virtual media.

Burned an ISO with the freedos version extracted from the zip. Verified the MD5 hash of the zip and it matches what is on the website and verified the MD5 hash of the custom freedos install of c389a233c40d7e73a036f069fd0e55f8 and same thing. Still stuck on the suspect partition step. The rufus tool I used to burn the iso has two modes one is dd mode and there is another mode that lets you write to the flash drive even after an ISO is burned. Tried both and no progress with either mode.

I have no idea why my server is acting up with this ISO. It doesn't sound like anyone else has had this issue. I tried to read back other messages to this thread but couldn't come up with anything.

fohdeesha do you have previous versions of the .zip files around that I could try?
You're being sure to set the bios boot mode to bios right? Under Boot Settings > Boot Mode > Set to BIOS

do you have any extra PCIe devices or addons in this system? It seems like freedos is crashing as soon as it gets to finishing loading the kernel
 

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You're being sure to set the bios boot mode to bios right? Under Boot Settings > Boot Mode > Set to BIOS

do you have any extra PCIe devices or addons in this system? It seems like freedos is crashing as soon as it gets to finishing loading the kernel
I have good news

I verified that my boot settings were correct and when I ran the previous version of the iso it didn't work. But after I unplugged everything extra that uses PCIe from my server I got the dos prompt to show up.

I replugged all my PCIe devices again and it failed to load so I started trying one thing at a time until I could get it to break. What ultimately was causing the boot to crash was that I had a dual SD Card Module Reader installed and it had two SD cards for VMware. Once I removed the two SD cards, replugged the dual SD card module reader, and rebooted the server it sent me over to the dos prompt. I used a USB so I'll also try with idrac virtual media as well just to confirm that that one works as well.

Might want to include an extra step that any SD cards are also removed before using the custom freedos ISO.

Thanks so much for all the debugging help fohdeesha
 

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I have good news

I verified that my boot settings were correct and when I ran the previous version of the iso it didn't work. But after I unplugged everything extra that uses PCIe from my server I got the dos prompt to show up.

I replugged all my PCIe devices again and it failed to load so I started trying one thing at a time until I could get it to break. What ultimately was causing the boot to crash was that I had a dual SD Card Module Reader installed and it had two SD cards for VMware. Once I removed the two SD cards, replugged the dual SD card module reader, and rebooted the server it sent me over to the dos prompt. I used a USB so I'll also try with idrac virtual media as well just to confirm that that one works as well.

Might want to include an extra step that any SD cards are also removed before using the custom freedos ISO.

Thanks so much for all the debugging help fohdeesha
glad you got it fixed!