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FT4200 Facts, Tips & Tricks (Rev 2.7 - 17th October 1997)

Contents

1. General Information on FT4200

1.1 BIOS and Software
Key to Motherboard Layout
Switches
Jumpers
1.2 FT4200 Parts Listing
1.3 Buttons / Functions
LCD codes
Additional Useful Codes
1.4 Memory Configuration
1.5 BIOS Upgrades
Upgrading the Motherboard BIOS
Upgrading the SMIC BIOS
Upgrading the FPSC/SMC BIOS
To upgrade the FPSC via Flash Disk
Upgrading the Flash Disk
1.6 BIOS and ECU Limitations

2. Default Configuration

2.1 Clearing CMOS RAM and returning to defaults
2.2 F1 Setup
2.3 On-Board 7850 SCSI Controller Setup (Bus:Device 01:01h)
2.4 On-Board 7880 SCSI Controller Setup (Bus:Device 01:02h)
2.5 Add-in 2940 SCSI Controller Setup
2.6 Add-in DPT 3334 SCSI Controller Setup

3 Configuring the system using the ECU

To configure add-in boards:
3.1 Configuration of Standard FT4200 Items
SMIC Card Configuration (EISA Slot E4)
7850 SCSI Controller Configuration
7880 SCSI Controller Configuration
3.2 Configuration of additional add-in cards
1st 3Com 3C595 10/100 Ethernet Controller (PCI Slot P1)
2nd 3Com 3C595 10/100 Ethernet Controller(PCI Slot P2)
1st DPT 3334 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P6/E1)
2nd DPT 3334 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P5)
1st Adaptec 2940 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P6/E1)
2nd Adaptec 2940 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P5)

4. Installation and Configuration of N+1 Power Supply Unit in FT4200

5. Software Issues

5.1 FT4200 OS Pack Limitations
5.2 Installing SCO OpenServer 5 on FT4200

6. Tips

6.1 Disabling the on-board 7880 SCSI controller
6.2 Clearing the POST error log (LCD alternating 3230 to 3A30)
6.3 Setting up the SMA for remote connection by modem
6.4 Motherboard BIOS 8.03 sets SMIC card to D0000 by default


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1. General Information on FT4200

Expansion Bus 

  • 6 x 32 bit PCi Expansion Slots P1 - P6 (P6 Shared with E1)
  • Peer Bus Architecture, P1-P3 bus 1, P4-P6 bus 2
  • 4 x 32 bit EISA Expansion Slots E1 - E4 (E1 shared with P6, E4 used by SMIC)

Processors

  • 2x200MHz Pentium Pro (TM) Processors on motherboard (1st CPU in Socket A, 2nd CPU in Socket B)
  • 2x200MHz Pentium Pro (TM) Processors on expansion card

Either 256Kb (Used in Single and Dual systems) or 512Kb L2 Cache (Used in Dual and Quad systems)
Note: Processor types may NOT be mixed

  • Each individual processor requires an accompanying VRM (Voltage Regulator Module)
  • 200MHz Pentium Pro chips must have a 12.4A rated VRM
  • Processor bus MUST be terminated where a CPU expansion board is not fitted. An empty CPU expansion board will suffice for diagnostic purposes.

Memory

  • 8xDIMM Memory sockets (Max RAM 2Gb - See config tables)

SCSI Controllers

  • On-board Adaptec 7850 SCSI Controller (for built in 5 " peripherals i.e., CD-ROM, Tape Drive etc.)
  • On-Board Adaptec 7880 Ultra Wide SCSI Controller for hard disk drive bay E only
  • Optional DPT PM3334UW, 3 channel RAID controller

Tape Drive options

  • Conner 'Peregrine' CDT8000 (4-16Gb DDS II)
  • Conner 'Diamondback' Autoloader CTL96GR-S (16-64Gb DDS II)
  • Quantum DLT4000 TH5AA-HB (Digital Linear Tape).

Drive Accommodation

5 x Ultra SCSI hard drive bays.

  • Each bay will take 4 Wide or Ultra SCSI drives fitted with SCA II connectors
  • Drive bays are designated A to E (Front to back)
  • Primary drive channel is now bay E in FT4200 (rear-most)
  • SCSI Id's are 0,1,3,4, top to bottom in each channel
  • SCA II includes the 2 stage removal. No micro switch latches on drive trays. Shogun drive trays will fit.

Current hard drive options:

  • Quantum Atlas 2 Ultra SCSI 4 and 9Gb

Floppy Drive

  • Mitsubishi MF355F-2450MP
  • LED now visible from front of machine

CD ROM

  • 8 speed SCSI CD-ROM (Panasonic CR505B)

Video

  • Cirrus Logic CL-GD54M30 EVGA Video Controller. 1Mb Video RAM

Power Supply

  • 1000W UPS
  • N+1 Redundant Power Supply and Optional BBU

Currently supported add-in cards

  • 3C592 EISA Triple Combo
  • 3C905TX PCI 10/100 UTP
  • 3C900 PCI Triple Combo
  • DPT PM3334UW 3 Channel RAID (up to 2 cards supported)
  • Adaptec 2940UW PCI Ultra/Wide SCSI (up to 2 cards supported)

Environmental

  • Temperature (operating) +5 to +35 C
  • Temperature (non-operating) -10 to +60 C
  • R. Humidity (operating) 20 to 80%
  • R Humidity (non-operating) 20 to 80%

Dimensions

  • WxDxH 410x800x700mm
  • Weight 115Kg fully loaded / 50Kg minimum system


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1.1 BIOS and Software

Released

Description

Disk

Version

Part Number

Motherboard BIOS

Rel 8

08.03

157550SW

ECU

Rel 1

 

156823SW

F/W Upgrade Disk

Rel 1

 

156825SW

Flash Disk

Rel 2

 

156822SW

FPSC

Rel 1

4.013

158022SW

FPSC (N+1)

 

4.130

 

SMIC BIOS

Rel 2

2.00

157770SW

Netware Env.

Rel 3

 

156818SW

SMA

Rel 1.4

 

155078SW

EZSCSI 7880

   

157611SW

7880 FMS

Rel 2  

157610SW

DPT Storage Mgr

   

158814SW

DPT Firmware

   

155858SW

NT SUP Pack

Rel 2.0

 

156817SW

SCO SUP Pack

Rel 1.0

 

156821SW

Beta Releases

Description

Disk

Version

Part Number

SCO SUP Pack

Beta 1.04

 

156821SW

NT SUP Pack Beta 2C   156817SW
FPSC Beta 3d 4.13d 159667SW
       
DPT SNMP Agent Beta 1A    
Motherboard BIOS   8.03.01 157550SW
SMA Beta 1.4    
Flash Disk Beta 2A   156822SW
Netware Env Beta 3B   156818SW

 

FT4200 (Discovery) Motherboard Layout

Key to Motherboard Layout

1. Slot for CPU/termination card 13. Busbar connections to PSU
2. VRM8 socket for processor 'B' 14. EISA expansion sockets
3. DIMMs 1 to 4 (top to bottom) 15. PCI expansion sockets
4. ZIF socket for processor 'B' 16. BIOS recovery links
5. ZIF socket for processor 'A' 17. Replaceable CMOS Lithium battery
6. DIMMs 5 to 8 (top to bottom) 18. Clear CMOS links
7. VRM8 socket for processor 'A' 19. System external connections
8. Aux power socket (from PSU) 20. Data connection to power dis. board
9. UltraSCSI connector to HDD module 'A' 21. Bus and multiplier switches, SW1-1 to 6
10. Aux busbar connect to PSU (not used) 22. FDD mode setting links
11. SCSI connec for Remov. media drives 23. Floppy disk control connector
12. Busbar connections to PSU 24. Power connections to power distribution board

Switches

External bus clock 

Processor bus multiplier 

Frequency

SW1-5

SW1-6

SW1-1

SW1-2

SW1-3

SW1-4

Factor

66Mhz

off

on

on

on

on

on

x2

60Mhz

on

off

on

off

on

on

x2.5

50Mhz

on

on

on

on

off

on

x3

on

off

off

on

x3.5

on

on

on

off

x4

Jumpers

Clear BIOS Settings (18 on motherboard layout). Consists of 2 , three pin jumpers (PL17 and PL18) which must be moved together as a pair. Pin 3 is the furthest righthand pin in each case. PL17 is the upper of the two jumpers

Pins Pins Action
1 - 2   Normal Position
  2 - 3 > 1 Sec Discharge

BIOS Recovery (16 on Motherboard layout). Single, three pin jumper, pin 3 uppermost on motherboard

Pins Pins Action
1 - 2   Recover
  2 - 3 Normal

Floppy Drive Mode (22 on motherboard layout). Four pin jumper arranged in a square format. Pins 3 and 4 lowermost

Pins Pins Pins  
1 - 3 2-4   3-mode operation (Japan)
    3-4 Normal 2-mode Operation
PL14 (Marked as ‘RESET’) Not Fitted
PL16 Not Fitted
Jumper marked as ‘IC5’ Not Fitted


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1.2 FT4200 Parts Listing

CABLE - MAINS CLD UK13A - IEC (SHOGUN)

ITEM DESCRIPTION

PART NUMBER

PRODUCT CODE

FT4200 (Discovery) (Product code prefix - HB)
 
Motherboards      
M/B-Discovery/C  

12392031

none

M/B-1x200MHz 256K Disco PPro  

15848131

none

M/B-2x200MHz 256K Disco PPro  

15848231

none

M/B-1x200MHz 512K Disco PPro  

15784331

none

M/B-2x200MHz 512K Disco PPro  

15784431

none

BRD-CPU 2x200MHz 512K PPro Dis  

15784531

none

Main Items      
BOARD-P6 EXTENDER/B Discovery  

12387631

none

BOARD-TERMINATOR/C Disocvery  

12391031

none

MODULE-PSU VRM 8 12.4A  

12401530

none

HEATSINK - P6 PASSIVE WITH CLIP  

12364230

none

IC - P6 CPU 200MHz 256K A1  

12394630

none

IC - PROCESSOR 200MHz/512K  

12385030

none

IC - 200MHZ 512K Ppro  

12385130

none

CARD - I/R KEYLOC  

15424331

none

MOUSE-PS/2 OEM  

15469231

none

ASSY-MECH Discovery  

15681031

none

BOARD - FAN DISTRIBUTION/B  

12363331

none

BOARD-POWER DIST LINEAR  

12395031

none

LOCK KIT - RADIAL PIN SHOGUN (SIDE PANEL)  

15376431

none

ASSY - FAN 120mm  

15381731

none

BOARD - HDD POWER DISK SHOGUN  

15478531

none

BOARD - RM POWER DIST SHOGUN  

15478631

none

POWER SUPPLY - SHOGUN 5V 80A  

15662131

none

BOARD-SYSTEM CONT Discovery  

15801831

none

BOARD-SYSTEM MANAGEMENT I/F  

15848731

none

CHASSIS-COMPLETE FT4200  

15849031

none

ASSY-FRONT BEZEL FT4200 (COMPLETE)  

15849831

none

LOCK KIT - SUBMINATURE CAM (FRONT)  

15353831

none

BOARD - FRONT PANEL SHOGUN  

15362031

none

CARD-RAID PM3334UW ULTRA SCSI  

15683631

HB58024

CARD-ETHERNET 3C595TX  

15464931

XB54991

BOARD-PCI SCI AHA2940UW  

15761831

XB58023

CARD-EISA ETH 3C592 COMBO  

15465231

XB54993

MODULE-VRM8 POWER SUPPLY  

12354030

none

M/B-200MHz 256K FT4200 PPro    

HB58480

UPG-HD BAY FAST20 FT4200    

HB58486

CPU-200MHz 256K PPro FT4200    

XB58374

UPG-CPU 200MHz 256K PPro

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HB57838

SHOGUN HDD MODULE UPGRADE    

HA55484

3COM UTP ETH TRANSCEIVER    

XB50900

ADAPTEC AHA2940 SINGLE CHANNEL SCSI CONT  

15568031

HA55681

CARD-RAID PCi 3ch 4M ECC CACHE  

15549231

HA55486

KEYBOARD-CofC UK    

KK55709

KEYBOARD-WIN95 JAPAN 109KEY    

KK58513

Drives  
DRIVE - FLOPPY 3.5 MF355F-2450MP  

15607231

none

DRIVE - DAT DDS-2 CDT8000/M  

15354931

SU54778

DRIVE - CD ROM CDU76S  

15470231

SU54768

DRIVE - 16-64GB DDS II AUTOLOADER ADD-IN  

15355031

HA55473

DRIVE-CofC TAPE DLT4000  

15355131

HA55474

DRIVE-HARD 1GB 80pin SCA2  

15696031

HB58483

DRIVE-HARD 2GB 80Pin SCA2  

15696131

HB58484

DRIVE-HARD 4GB 80Pin SCA2  

15696231

HB58485

HDD-2GB 80Pin Barracuda  

15696531

none

HDD-4Gb 80Pin Barracuda  

15696631

none

DRIVE-CofC HARD 4Gb SCA2 Atlas  

15847131

HB58476

DRIVE-CofC HARD 9Gb SCA2 Atlas  

15847231

HB58477

DRIVE-CD CR-505-B 6 SPEED  

15743131

SU57757

DRIVE-CofC HARD 4Gb SCA2 4LP  

15846931

HB58478

DRIVE-CofC HARD 9Gb SCA2  

15847031

HB58479

DRIVE-CofC CD ROM SCSI CR506B  

15830931

SU58491

DRIVE - HARD 2GB Starfire(80PIN) SCA 74G7000  

15324031

HA55476

DRIVE - HARD 4GB Starfire(80PIN) SCA 89G9047  

15478731

HA55477

Memory      
DIMM - 2M*72 60nS ECC EDO (=16MB)  

12361930

HA57828

DIMM - 4M*72 60nS ECC EDO (=32MB)  

12362130

HA57829

DIMM - 8M*72 60nS ECC 3V FPM AU (=64MB)  

12395630

HA57830

Cables      
CABLE - MAINS CLD UK13A-IEC  

11002221

none

 

15478831

none

CABLE - FPSC SERIAL SHOGUN  

15543231

none

CABLE - SERIAL SMC-MODEM  

15546130

none

CABLE - SIGNAL FPSC/PSU  

15201431

none

CABLE - SGNL FPSC/FR PNL  

15201731

none

CABLE - SPEAKER  

15201831

none

CABLE - SIDE PNL DOOR LO  

15201931

none

CABLE - FPSC/525 BAY DC  

15209131

none

CABLE - 3.5 FDD DC POWER  

15209431

none

CABLE - FPSC DC POWER  

15409031

none

CABLE - FAN THERMISTOR  

15410231

none

CABLE - FPSC DATA  

15491831

none

CABLE - FAN CONTROL  

15494431

none

CABLE- FDD (Mitsubishi)  

15684231

none

CABLE-SMICC  

15684331

none

CABLE-34WAY M/B-PDB  

15684431

none

CABLE-M/B-PDB POWER  

15684531

none

CABLE-M/B-PSU POWER  

15684931

none

CABLE - FRONT DOOR LOCK  

15202231

none

CABLE - MAINS CLD EURO IEC  

11542921

none

CABLE - MAINS IEC EURO GOLD  

15510431

none

CABLE-NONRAID E FROM M/B  

15684631

none

CABLE-NONRAID D  

15693131

none

CABLE-NONRAID C  

15693231

none

CABLE-NONRAID B  

15693331

none

CABLE-SCSI RAID BAY D  

15693631

none

CABLE-SCSI RAID BAY C  

15693731

none

CABLE-SCSI RAID BAY A  

15693831

none

CABLE-SCSI RAID BAY B  

15693931

none

CABLE - 5.25 BAY DC PWR  

15209331

none

CABLE-5.25 SCSI  

15684131

none

RAID CABLE SET    

HA56372

UPG-CABLES SCSI RAID FT4200    

HB57832

SCSI CABLE SET    

HA56371

Plastics      
BEZEL-CofC FT4200  

15849931

none

ASSY-FRONT DOOR FT4200  

15866831

none

Metalwork      
BLANKING PIECE-EXPANSION PLATE  

11602952

none

BRACKET - FAN HDD BAY SHOGUN  

15179531

none

BRACKET - FPSC FAN SHOGUN  

15200731

none

TRAY - DRIVE MTG DRIVE BAY 525  

15259731

none

PLATE - FPSC COVER  

15446331

none

BRACKET - CARD SUPPORT EISA/PCI  

15477131

none

BRACKET - CARD SUPPORT CPU/MEM  

15493631

none

BRACKET - FAN M/B SHOGUN  

15493731

none

PLATE - SUB ESCUTCHEON SHOGUN  

15494231

none

PLATE - AREA COVER CPU/MEM  

15499731

none

CRADLE-5.25 DRIVE  

15551131

none

CHASSIS-ASSY FT4200 Centurion  

15831531

none

PLATE MICROSWITCH  

15354331

none

NN-BUS BAR-UPS-M/B 5V POWER  

15201231

none

NN-BUS BAR-UPS-M/B 0V  

15201331

none

BUS BAR - UPS - HDD (0V)  

15367031

none

BUS BAR - UPS - HDD (5V)  

15367131

none

BUS BAR - UPS - HDD (12V)  

15367231

none

PLATE - AIR BAFFLE HD BAY SHOGUN  

15264831

none

Misc.      
ADAPTOR - 25 PIN TO 9 PIN  

15546230

none

TOOL-ALLEN KEY 5mm  

15546330

none

FOOT-BUMPON RUBBER  

11006521

none

SCR-M5*10LG HEX HEAD  

11728481

none

HEATSHRINK-9.5mm*15mm  

13238931

none

GUARD-FAN  

14288130

none

CARD GUIDE - RFI  

15376031

none

5.25 DRIVE BAY CLOAK  

15464431

none

RIVET - PUSH 4mm BLACK  

15467030

none

CARD GUIDE - DEEP CHANNEL 4.5  

15468030

none

WIRE TIE - PUSH BUTTON FIXING  

15468230

none

CLAMP - CABLE SPLIT FLAT  

15498230

none

RIVET - 3.2mm DIA*4.37mm  

15500030

none

RIVET - 4.0mm DIA*4.88mm  

15500130

none

LABEL SET-CofC CHASSIS Shogun  

15515831

none

GASKET-CofC CLIPON SNAPTITE D  

15522931

none

SHEET-INSULATION BASE BOX  

15531031

none

BAR-CPU RETAINING  

15684031

none

PANEL - DRIVE BAY BLANKING 525  

15265031

none

CASTOR/JACKPAD - SWIVEL  

15468331

none

DAMPER - PLASTIC OIL  

15389831

none

CLIP - E RING  

15390830

none

FASTENER - PUSH ON  

15390930

none

FRAME - SUPPORT FRONT PANEL  

15394631

none

ASSY - BEZEL BTM PIVOT PLATE  

15395031

none

SPRING - DOOR RETURN  

15395131

none

SHEET- INSULATION FR PANEL  

15586231

none

ASSY-KEYPAD FT4200  

15866931

none

PLAQUE-FT4200 PRINTED  

15684831

none

ASSY-DRIVE BAY RIGID B/P  

15695531

none

SCR-M3*6 POZIPAN Z.PL C/W WSHR  

11120482

none

BOARD-FAST20 BACKPLANE  

12376031

none

ASSY-HDD MODULE  

15673331

none

CRADLE-LED HOLDER SCAII  

15679831

none

ASSY-BACKPLANE LED  

15694331

none

SCR-6-32 UNC*1/4 PZD C/W WSHR  

13272530

none

ASSY - DRIVE BAY ONE SHOGUN  

13206531

none

BOARD - BACKPLANE SCSI SHOGUN  

12272931

none

SCR - M3 SHOULDER  

15286831

none

ASSY - HDD MODULE SHOGUN  

15377331

none

HDD MODULE (Fabricated)  

15377431

none

ASSY - HDD TRAY MECHANISM  

15468531

none

ASSY - HDD TRAY  

15377631

none

SWITCH LEVER  

15377731

none

SPRING - EXTENSION  

15377830

none

KNOB - DRIVE MODULE SHOGUN  

15393231

none

CAM - DRIVE MODULE SHOGUN  

15393331

none

SCR - M5*12 PT POZI PAN  

15464630

none

WASHER-WAVE  

15464730

none

SHOGUN FIXING KIT    

HA56373

Documentation      
GUIDE-USER KEYLOC CARD  

15509231

none

GUIDE-HEALTH/COMFORT  

15443731

none

LEAFLET-DISCOVERWARE STANDARD  

15653931

none

HANDBOOK-OWNERS FT42xx  

15673731

none

DOC-GETTING STARTED FT42xx  

15681531

none

DOC-SMA OVERVIEW Shogun  

15691131

none

DOC-APR MANAGEMENT S/W INSTAL  

15691231

none

GUIDE-USER EVENT MANAGER  

15691331

none

GUIDE-USER SMA Shogun  

15691431

none

GUIDE-USER SNMP Shogun  

15691531

none

WARRANTY CARD FT4200  

15705431

none

WARRANTY-JAPAN  

15429130

none

HANDBOOK-OWNERS GERMAN FT42xx  

15683331

none

USER GUIDE DDS-2 DAT DRIVE  

15478231

none

GUIDE-USER DDS2 AUTOLOADER  

15549931

none

FLYSHEET-USER ETHERNET CARD  

15498531

none

DOC-M/B-UPGRADE  

15681631

none

Packaging      
ASSY - PACKAGING SHOGUN  

15454631

none

PALLET - SHOGUN  

15454731

 
CUSHION - BASE LH SHOGUN  

15454831

 
CUSHION - BASE RH SHOGUN  

15454931

 
CUSHION - TOP SHOGUN  

15455031

 
ACCESSORIES BOX  

15455131

 
CARTON - OUTER SHOGUN  

15455231

 
PACKING - BAND ASSY SHOGUN  

15517031

 
PACKING - BAND ASSY SHOGUN  

15517031

 


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1.3 Buttons / Functions

Button

Function

POWER

Power on the system

CONTROL

Silences alarm sound and clears the LCD

STANDBY

Issues a STANDBY request to software and starts the hold_off_timer. When the hold_off_timer expires DC power is removed from the motherboard

CONTROL + STANDBY

Issues a STANDBY cancel request to software, if the software sends an acknowledgement back the hold_off_timer is cancelled

RESET

Issues a reset request to software and starts the hold_off_timer. When the hold_off_timer expires the motherboard is reset.

CONTROL + RESET

Issues a reset cancel request to software, if the software sends an acknowledgement back the hold_off_timer is cancelled

Multi-button Function Mode

 

CONTROL + STANDBY + RESET

System displays 8.8.8.8 on the LCD, this indicates the system has entered Multi-button Function Mode for 10 seconds only

CONTROL

Sends a sequence of AT reset commands to the modem

STANDBY

The system creates an NMI error causing the NOS to Panic/Abend. This should allow the NOS to do a complete memory dump.

STANDBY + RESET

Resets the SMC to defaults. Removes all SMA user information going back to the default NETUSER and PORTUSER

CONTROL + STANDBY + RESET

The SMC displays it's BIOS version on the LCD

LCD codes

The LCD of the front panel displays the error codes that POST (or BIOS) sends to the FPSC. When the LCD displays the code issued by POST, the code is 4 digits.
The lower 2bytes of the NextBootStage variable is displayed shown as follows.

X X X X
4 digit error code issued by POST (or BIOS)

F/W displays the F/W version when it completes its initialisation and no error is found during its PowerOnSelfTest. For example, if the F/W version is 2.100, " 2.1 0 0 " is displayed on the LCD.

The LCD also displays the error codes that show the error factors FPSC detected. Almost all code displayed on the LCD is the FPSC variable number. MSD is always zero.
The FPSC variable number or FPSC detected error code is displayed as follows.

0 X X X

|

FPSC variable number or error code (3 digits)

|

Zero

The table below shows the error codes that are displayed when FPSC detects error during FPSC's Power On Self Test or other error condition. These codes are same as those of the error_log_records.

Error Code

Error Factor

0F01

80C186EB internal H/W (general purpose register) error

0F02

80C186EB internal H/W (flag-register) error

0F03

80C186EB internal H/W (timer) error

0F04

SC's SRAM write/read test error

0F05

SC's EPROM checksum error

0F06

SC's FLASH checksum error

0F07

Copy from FLASH to SRAM failed

0F08

Copy from EPROM to SRAM failed

0F09

RTC's RAM write/read test error

0F0A

A/D converter's busy bit error

0F0b

SC’s FLASH is not programmed

0F0d

UART1 internal loop test failed

0F0E

UART2 internal loop test failed

0F0F

UART1 and UART2 internal loop test both failed

0F10

Power On Error (DC-Good signal does not become active)

0F11

Power Off Error (DC-Good signal does not become inactive)

0F12

FPSC Watch Dog Timer over-flow error

0F13

Push-button access violation

0F14

Too many timer2 time-out error

0F15

Invalid interrupt

0F20

Diag-Processor communication error (maybe not displayed)

0F30

FPSC port retry-over occurred (maybe not displayed)

0F31

FPSC port Response time-out occurred (maybe not displayed)

0F32

FPSC port Transmit time-out occurred (maybe not displayed)

0F40

MODEM port retry-over occurred (maybe not displayed)

0F41

MODEM port Response time-out occurred (maybe not displayed)

0F42

MODEM port Transmit time-out occurred (maybe not displayed)

0F4d

MODEM AT command result code time-out occurred

0F4E

MODEM AT command failed

0F4F

MODEM AT command unexpected result code is received

F/W also displays the code that indicates that F/W starts its function. The FPSC specific codes and NextBootStage codes are shown as follows.

Code

Meaning

Source

0000

Reset or Shutdown has been canceled by S/W.
All system management software are booted.

Event Manager
Last Clients

1000

Reset is issued to Diag-processor.

FPSC

100F

POST has not started its execution. (FPSC detected time-out.)

FPSC

1200

Shutdown_request is issued to S/W.
This code is cleared when the machine is powered off normally.

FPSC

1400

Normal Reset_request is issued to S/W.

FPSC

1600

NMI request is issued to Diag-processor.

FPSC

1FFF

POST execution time-out is detected by Diag-processor. FPSC regards the system is dead.

Diag-processor

2000

POST execution of motherboard BIOS completed

Motherboard BIOS

2XXN

XX is a value that is written into port80 by POST, which is captured by Diag-processor.
N = 0 means that new value is written into port80.
N = F means that FPSC detected POST execution time-out.

Motherboard BIOS

3000~3FFF

These codes are written by SMIC BIOS.

SMIC BIOS

7FF0

POST complete (OS booting started)

SMIC BIOS

4000~7FFF

These codes are not assigned.

none

8000~FFFF

These codes are issued by device driver or clients

Device driver or client

8FE0

Device driver is detached.

(Device driver)

8FF0

Device driver is attached.

Device driver

FFE0

Clients are detached.

(Last Client)

FFF0

Clients are attached.

Last Client

In the case that AC fails and clients are NOT loaded, the firmware will display remaining hold off time as follows. The remaining hold_off_time will be decreased every second.

Code

Power Mode

Meaning

A.n n n

Brownout mode Remaining brownout hold_off_time is nnn second. When nnn becomes zero, the power mode will change to Battery-time mode. If nnn is greater than 1000, then 999 will be displayed.

b.n n n

Battery-time mode Remaining battery-time hold_off_time is nnn second. When nnn becomes zero, the power mode will change to AC Power Fail mode. If nnn is greater than 1000, then 999 will be displayed.

F.n n n

AC Power Fail mode Remaining AC Power Fail hold_off_time is nnn second. When nnn becomes zero, the system will be switched off. If nnn is greater than 1000, then 999 will be displayed.

 

Additional Useful Codes

006B

When FPSC firmware detects software WDT time-out, the behavior of the FPSC is determined by the action set in the WDTTimeoutAction (0=Disabled, 1=Sound Alarm, 2=Reset System, 3=Sound Alarm and Reset System) variable.

0077

DOOR LOCK trap indicating that the door is open.


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1.4 Memory Configuration

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Caution

There are 2 different specifications of DIMM in use on Apricot products. The PCL6000 motherboard uses xMb by 72bit, 60ns, 3v, EDO non-buffered. Cosworth and Discovery motherboards use xMb by 72bit, 60ns, 3v, EDO buffered.

There are 8 DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Modules) on the motherboard. These are split into 2 banks of 4.

Bank 1 = even numbered sockets, 2, 4, 6 and 8
Bank 2 = odd numbered sockets, 1, 3, 5 and 7

The following rules must be followed:

  • Only FT4200 approved DIMMs must be used (see table later)
  • DIMM capacities can be 16, 32, 64, 128 or 256Mb
  • 1, 2 or 4 DIMMs can be fitted to a bank
  • DIMMs on a bank must be identical
  • If both banks are being used, they must contain the same number of DIMMs
  • Two or Four way Interleaving is employed automatically depending on the number of DIMMs used.

An example memory table:

 

MM1

MM2

MM3

MM4

MM5

MM6

MM7

MM8

Interleave

See Note

 

x

            none

 

 

x

 

x

        2 way

 

 

x

 

x

 

x

 

x

4 way

See Note

y

x

            none

 

y

x

y

x

        2 way

 

y

x

y

x

y

x

y

x

4 way

All instances of x must be identical, likewise all instances of y, although x and y can either be the same capacity or different.
DIMMs can be 16, 32, 64, 128 or 256MB DIMMs.

Maximum memory capacity is 2GB using 8 x 256MB DIMMs.

Please Note
It is recommended that single DIMM configurations are not used as 2 way and 4 way Interleaving increases performance.

 

FT4200 Approved Vendor List (AVL)

Part: 12361930 (Limited Availability) 16Mb (2M*72) EDO, 3V
Micron Europe Ltd MT9LD272G-6X
 
Part: HA57829 32Mb (4M*72) EDO, 3V
Micron Europe Ltd MT18LD472G-6X
 
Part: HA57830 64Mb (8M*72) EDO, 3V
Micron Europe Ltd MT36LD872G-6X
 
Part: HA61089 (See Note Below) 128Mb (16M*72) EDO, 3V
Samsung Semiconductor Eur Ltd KMM372F1600AK-6U
 
Part: HA61090 (See Note Below) 256Mb (32M*72) EDO, 3V
Samsung Semiconductor Eur Ltd KMM372F3200AK-6U
KMM372F3200AK2-6U
KMM372F3200AK3-6U

Important Note
128 and 256MB DIMMs are supported only by Motherboard BIOS version 8.03.00 or greater.

 

 
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1.5 BIOS Upgrades 

There are only 4 upgradeable BIOS'es within the Apricot FT4200. These are:

Motherboard BIOS
SMIC BIOS
FPSC BIOS
Flash Disk

The version details for these are detailed in the previous tables.

Upgrading the Motherboard BIOS

STOP!

IF THE PROCESS OF FLASHING THE MOTHERBOARD BIOS DEVICE FAILS OR IS ABORTED FOR ANY REASON DURING THE COURSE OF OPERATION, THE PROM DEVICE AT LOCATION IC67 WILL BE RENDERED INOPERATIVE AND WILL NEED TO BE PHYSICALLY REPLACED. NOTE THAT THERE IS NO RECOVERY PATH FOR THIS OPERATION.

  1. Boot system from Firmware Update Disk
  2. Select 2 from the main menu. Note that there is no confirmation prompt from the programme - it goes straight into programming. Do NOT interfere with the system while programming commences.
  3. Once programming is complete, exit and reboot the system.

Upgrading the SMIC BIOS

Caution: When upgrading the SMIC card in an FT4200, you must first ensure that the default I/O is set to C800h. This is particularly important if the SMIC was previously used with a Shogun motherboard. This setting is altered using Jumper PL3 on the SMIC card. Set the jumper as shown below.

 

The BIOS upgrade can now proceed as follows:

  1. Reboot the system from the firmware upgrade diskette
  2. Select 1 from the main menu. Note that there is no confirmation prompt from the programme - it goes straight into programming. Do NOT interfere with the system while programming commences.
  3. Once programming is complete, exit and reboot the system.

Note
Once the SMIC card has been upgraded in this way, it will no longer operate in an Apricot Shogun. If a situation arises where the card is required to operate in a Shogun, the SMIC card will need be re-flashed in an FT4200 system. A Shogun system will not run with an upgraded SMIC card installed.

Upgrading the FPSC/SMC BIOS

To upload new SMC firmware using SMA

  1. Select the appropriate Server window.
  2. Choose Upload Firmware from the Control menu.
    The Upload Firmware dialog box appears.
  3. Select the binary file corresponding to the new SMC firmware (it should have a .FRM file extension) and choose OK. (158021SW.BIN or 4013.FRM). This can be found on the FPSC disk (Pt 158022SW) or on Area44 of Insight BBS as a self-unpacking archive 4200FPSC.EXE
  4. If you are uploading over the network, check the LoginUser variable (in the Users subsystem) to see if anyone currently has a serial connection to the SMC's modem port. If so, you may have to force that user to disconnect, as described in another topic.
  5. Change the value of the FPSCResetRequest variable to "Active".
  6. Wait until FIRMWAREUPGRADEFLAG Flag: =FPSC
  7. Choose Power/Reset from the Control menu.
    The Power/Reset dialog appears.
  8. Under Action, select the [Power] Off option. Under Scheduled Action, select the Enabled check box and specify a time a few minutes into the future. Choose OK.
    Note: You cannot schedule a Power On to occur after the SMC firmware has been upgraded. The upgrading process does not preserve this information.
  9. Close the Server window to disconnect from the server.

As soon as the server is in Power Off mode, and provided there is no serially-connected workstation, the SMC updates its firmware using the binary file you have given it..

The Shogun will display 0001 on the LCD when upgrade is complete.

To upgrade the FPSC via Flash Disk

Boot from the Flash Disk by pressing <F2> when prompted
Select Upgrade SMC Firmware
Insert disk with the FPSC binary on.

If the file from the FPSC disk is used you will have to rename 158021SW.BIN to the BIOS version with an extension of FRM
E.g. REN 158021SW.BIN 4013.FRM. (Do not use 158019SW.BIN or 158020SW.BIN.).

There is a file on Area44 of Insight BBS (4200FPSC.EXE) which is a self-unpacking archive that just contains 158021SW and 4013.FRM. This can be created onto an HD floppy diskette and used if preferred. The upgrade process will only look for files with a .FRM extension.

Transfer file and Upgrade
Wait until the machine switches off and the LCD reports 0001.

Upgrading the Flash Disk

Download the latest version from Area 44 of Insight BBS. This is a file called 4200FDSK.EXE and is a self unpacking archive. When run it will produce 2 disk image files and IMAGE.EXE. Make the disks required and insert disk 1 into the server. Reboot to this disk and answer "y" to the prompt "Do you wish to format?". The program will copy files from disk 1 to the Flash Disk and then prompt you for the second disk. When all the files are copied the system will require Disk 1 again before prompting you to reboot the system.


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1.6 BIOS and ECU Limitations

IPR2248 EZSCSI reporting too few terminators on SCSI bus. This is a problem with older versions of the ASPI8DOS.SYS driver and there is an update available from Adaptec which I have tried and the problem goes away.
Solution : Get the latest driver update from Adaptec and replace your existing one with it.
IPR2292 With password prompt set to ‘OFF’, and no password entered, error 162 is displayed on reboot. The password prompt option in set-up simply determines whether or not a prompt should be output for the password to be entered. By setting this option to ‘OFF’ it implies that there is a password installed but the prompt shouldn’t be output when the BIOS tries to read the password. However if there isn’t actually a valid password then a configuration change error is produced indicating that CMOS password may be incorrect.
Solution : This should be documented accordingly.
IPR2293 Initial configuration of password is unclear. The password is only active when the user has entered a password, confirmed the password and then selected the ‘Change Password’ option to set the password for use.
Solution : This should be documented accordingly.
IPR2294 Password help file states maximum length is 7 characters, but menu allows 20+. What happens is that only 7 characters are to be used for the password and the entry box is only 7 characters long however when all 7 characters have been typed in the user can continue pressing keys with no beep being produced indicating the password buffer is full but only the first 7 characters entered are used for the password.
Solution : This should be documented accordingly.
IPR2295 With password prompt set to ‘OFF’, the password is still requested. The password prompt ON/OFF control purely controls output of the ‘Please Enter Password -‘ message and has no bearing on the requirement for a password to be entered, i.e. If a password is set then it is required.
Solution : This should be documented accordingly.
IPR2309 NT install hangs if drives are attached to the 2940’s. This is only the case if the drives are brand new and have never been partitioned or formatted, however once they have been written once it is possible to delete all partition information and the install will work so it is impossible to recreate without getting hold of more new drives, however I suspect this is an NT or Adaptec issue as I cannot think of any possible way the BIOS can have a bearing on this error under these particular circumstances.
Solution : There is a program available from Adaptec called AFDISK.EXE which will allow new drives to be partitioned and then the systems functions correctly.
IPR2429 Discovery will not boot from CD-ROM when the option is enabled within start-up device menu.
Solution : This option will not be provided by the BIOS but instead will be implemented using the Adaptec BIOS bootable CD-ROM support. This has a knock on effect causing a further shortage of option ROM space when installing 2940 cards into a system due to the 7850 having to ‘install’ it’s BIOS to facilitate booting from CD-ROM which in turn reduces the space available to option ROMs.
IPR2430 If the 2nd, 3rd & 4th start-up devices within F1 set-up are set to Disabled, the system continues to boot from drive A:.
Solution : The BIOS does it’s best to boot the system and if the user specifies a boot order which causes the system not to be able to boot then after attempting the user boot sequence it will drop back to a default and use that one to try and boot. (The default sequence is A:, C: , D: & E: ), This should be documented accordingly.
IPR2431 Discovery will not boot from hard drive 1 when option is enabled within startup device menu.
Solution : I have not had problems with this when booting from drives connected to the onboard Adaptec controller, however the IPR does state that it was trying to boot from a RAID drive on a DPT card, I haven’t tried this but the BIOS simply uses drives logically ie. C:, D: etc… so as long as the RAID DPT drive appeared correctly as D: then the startup option should work correctly so I suspect this is a config / setup issue which should be investigated and documented accordingly.
IPR2432 If all startup devices within F1 setup are set to disabled, the system continues to boot from drive C:. See IPR2430 above - default boot sequence will be used.
IPR2349 POST reports incorrect CPU cache size. This fault has been observed by several people (I am not one of them and I have powered a Discovery on a few times by now) including BIOS staff during the development of the CPU reporting code. On the occasion that this error was seen the CPU had actually reported back the cache size incorrectly but it has never occured since. We cannot find any Intel documentation to suggest that there is a problem with the CPU cache information reporting.
Solution : If investigation into this problem is required it would take a long time to even see the problem. We have contacted Intel with respect to this problem and see if they are aware of any such instances and are awaiting feedback.
IPR2444 If a 3" 1.44MB floppy drive is fitted, and setup is configured as a 360KB 5" drive and <ESC> is pressed during the memory test no error is reported.
Solution : This should be documented accordingly as pressing <ESC> during the memory test activates ‘quick POST’ which attempts to boot as quickly as possible and this includes skipping floppy drive verification during POST and it assumes that the CMOS information for the floppy is correct so the BIOS is performing as expected.
IPR2445 A second floppy drive cannot be fitted to system due to an incorrect cable configuration or a lack of drive select switches / jumpers.
Solution : This is not actually a BIOS issue however it does have implications on the BIOS in that the floppy B: option needs to be removed from the F1 setup and ECU menus, this has now been done and will be in future releases.
IPR2460 If in F1 setup ROM shadowing is set to Enabled, on rebooting the SMIC card changes the CMOS settings and disables C800h - CFFFh.
Solution : This is how the SMIC is supposed to function as its ROM is paged and thus cannot be shadowwed otherwise it cannot function correctly.
IPR2462 Once a CFG file is created for an ISA card, there is no facility to edit the configuration details.
Solution : This is a feature of the ECU, it provides a CFG creation option but no CFG file editor. The ECU is bought in from MCS and we do not have control to that degree over the functionality of it so this is how it will be.
IPR2463 Fitting and creating a CFG file for a 3-Com 509 card causes an IRQ clash.
Solution : The ECU is supposed to resolve resource conflicts and if an ISA card is added on an already used IRQ then it will flag this as an error which is what has happened here. The ECU will also move any required resources to try and resolve this allocation problem by changing dynamically allocatable cards e.g. PCI cards.
IPR2471 ECU does not load ‘Not Listed’ CFG files correctly.
Solution : This is a documentation issue as the ECU will load ‘not listed’ CFG files correctly but the way it is done is not immediately obvious and could be clearer however given the ECU documentation it is fairly straight forward.
IPR2472 If diskette drive A: is configured as 360KB or 1.2MB within the ECU system does not error on reboot, but does error if configured as 720KB.
Solution : The drive mismatch comparrison is performed based on the number of cylinders a drive has so the only mismatch should be between a 360K drive and the rest, this is now the case.
IPR2492 If a discovery ECU (.SCI) file is saved with clashing interrupts e.g. 7850 & 7880 on IRQ 9, when loaded they are placed on IRQ 10 & 11.
Solution : This is as a result of the ECU performing it’s job i.e resolving resource clashes. This can be controlled by locking the configuration or changing the configuration mode from automatic to manual.
IPR2506 Discovery is not MP 1.4 compliant.
Solution : This is not the case, however Discovery’s MP table doesn’t actually make use of the 1.4 spec changes and the version information in the header information used to be incorrect so some OS’s did see the MP table as being 1.1 and not 1.4 compliant - This has now been placed on a switch in setup and can be selected by the user (defaults to MPS V1.4).
IPR2728 After removing the 2940 cards the ECU De-activates the onboard 7880 & 7850.
Solution : I don’t seem to be able to recreate this problem and need to speak to the owner of the IPR about the error as I have never seen a card De-activated, however there should be a description of De-activated cards in the ECU documentation.
IPR2729 NT install hangs with drives attached to the 2940 cards.
Solution : This IPR contains an update as follows : UPDATE .. 20th Aug - AFDISK.EXE was used to place a partition on all hard drives and NT installs no trouble. These partitions were then removed using the NT disk Administrator utility and NT still installs with no problem. It seems to indicate that NT has a problem with installation on new or raw drives.
IPR2730 Fdisk does not see drives attached to the 2940 cards.
Solution : This IPR contains an update as follows : UPDATE…. 20th August. Using AFDISK I was able to see all drives and place a DOS partition on them. NT then installed.

Option ROM Space

There is a general limitation with option ROM space on discovery with the SMIC fitted.

Solution : When a SMIC is fitted there is only 64K of option ROM space to use and the onboard Adaptecs take 20K of this leaving only 44K. This seems to be more of a problem when trying to fit 2940 cards into a system as they require 32K each in their uncompressed form to execute and shrink themselves down. This is going to be an ongoing limitation and will keep reoccurring when we try to fit lots of cards to a system. I suspect this was not a problem on the XXPRESS shogun as the BIOS may have only took up 64K (need to check this…?) creating another free 64K (0E000h segment) for option ROM’s however the surepath BIOS is 128K and thus uses the 64K block at 0E000h.

When error logging is enabled and there is no SMIC fitted the system can hang.

Solution : We don’t currently have a fix for this but seeing as all systems will ship with a SMIC it is here as a limitation and then should anybody wish to run without a SMIC the error logging features should be disabled.

As part of the Bus Error logging EISA bus time-outs used to be logged, however we have seen that when a 3COM 592 card is  fitted to the system it causes EISA bus time-out errors even when operating normally.

Solution : It has been decided to remove the EISA bus time-out detection for the time being until this condition can be resolved.

There is a problem with the EISA Configuration Utility which can sometimes result in a crash situation.

Solution : This is not believed to be due to anything we have added to the ECU and MCS who supply the ECU kit to us are currently investigating this issue.


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2. Default Configuration

Steps to return an FT4200 to its default configuration.

2.1 Clearing CMOS RAM and returning to defaults

  1. Ensure system is powered off
  2. Remove left hand side panel and metal cover over the upper half of the motherboard
  3. Locate PL17 and PL18 just under the lithium battery, top left hand side of the motherboard.
  4. Move both jumpers horizontally from pins 1-2 to 2-3 (from left hand pair to right hand pair)
  5. Leave in position for around 10 seconds
  6. Replace jumpers in their original positions (1-2)
  7. Power system up
  8. Memory count will be slow, so press <esc> to end it if desired.
  9. After SCSI controller sign on messages, press <F1> when prompted to continue
  10. After error messages, system will go into the SurePath setup
  11. Press <return> to continue
  12. Press <return> to automatically reconfigure system
  13. Press <return> to continue
  14. Select Save Settings. Press <return> twice
  15. Select Exit from the setup utility or press <esc>

The system will then reboot itself. After the memory count, the screen will clear, and report:

CMOS Changed by SMIC BIOS
Rebooting........

The system will then auto reboot itself for a second time.

Press <F1> during the memory count to enter SurePath setup.

2.2 F1 Setup

Press <F1> at any time during the memory count to enter the SurePath setup. Note that there is no prompt for this at any time during boot as on previous products. Once the SCSI adapters have signed on, setup will then commence.

Important: The SurePath setup is automatically entered at reboot whenever any setting or hardware change has been made, i.e., removing/adding a mouse. If two or more changes to the hardware are made consecutively without saving the changes in setup, the system will automatically reset ALL parameters to default on next boot.

You should not set any parameters in F1 set-up, all relevant changes should be made using the EISA Configuration Utility (ECU). When set-up is entered automatically, simply allow it to Auto configure then save and exit as described in the previous section.

2.3 On-Board 7850 SCSI Controller Setup (Bus:Device 01:01h)

This controller is intended only to support the built-in peripherals, I.e., Tape drive, CD-ROM etc.

During 7850 SCSI sign-on, press <ctrl-A> to enter the SCSI Select Utility.
Select Configure/View Host Adapter Settings. Press <F6> and select "Yes" to reset to defaults. Press <esc> and select "Yes" to Save Changes. Press <esc> and select "Yes" to Exit Utility. Press <return> to reboot.

2.4 On-Board 7880 SCSI Controller Setup (Bus:Device 01:02h)

During 7880 SCSI sign-on, press <ctrl-A> to enter the SCSI Select Utility.
Select Configure/View Host Adapter Settings. Press <F6> and select "Yes" to reset to defaults. Select SCSI Device Configuration and press <enter>. For devices #0, #1, #3 and #4, change Send Start Unit Command to "Yes".

Press <esc>, and select Advanced Configuration Options. Change Support for Ultra SCSI Speed to enabled. Press <esc> twice and select "Yes" to Save Changes.

For NetWare and SCO OpenServer 5 the parameter " Extended BIOS Translation for DOS Drives > 1Gb" should be changed to Disable.

Press <esc> and select "Yes" to Exit Utility. Press <return> to reboot.

2.5 Add-in 2940 SCSI Controller Setup

*** Ignore this section if there are none fitted to the system ***

During Adaptec 2940 SCSI sign-on press <Ctrl-A> to enter SCSI-Select.
If you have 2 2940 cards fitted, the memory address for both are displayed, select the appropriate card and press <Enter>
Select Configure/View Host Adapter Settings.
Press <F6> and select "Yes" to reset to defaults.
Move to SCSI Device Configuration and press <Enter>.
Change Send Start Unit Command from "no" to "yes" for devices #0, #1, #3 and #4.
Press <Esc> to return to the menu
Move to Advanced Configuration Options

For NetWare and SCO installations change Extended BIOS Translation for DOS Drives > 1Gb to Disable
Change Support for Ultra SCSI Speed to Enable
Press <Esc> twice and select "yes" to save.
Return to step 1 for the second controller or press <Esc> to exit and reboot when all channels have been updated.

2.6 Add-in DPT 3334 SCSI Controller Setup

*** Ignore this section if there are none fitted to the system ***

During DPT RAID sign on, press <ctrl-d>
Press <F9> to select default settings. Press <y> to save and reboot


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3 Configuring the system using the ECU

Ensure that any additional add-in boards are correctly fitted before proceeding with system configuration.

When the system reboots, it will report:

*** SMIC Configuration missing
Press <F1> to continue

You can then either press <F1> and <F2> to boot from the flash disk, or insert the ECU floppy disk (156823SW) and boot from that. If you choose to use the floppy, make sure it in the drive before you press <F1>.

If there are any additional EISA cards fitted to the FT4200, ensure that the relevant .CFG files are to hand on floppy disk, or have been uploaded to the flash disk using the Transfer File option in the main flash disk menu.

Select Run Configuration Utility from the menu and press <return>. Press <return> again at the OK prompt, and select Add or Remove Boards from the menu. Move the cursor down to EISA Slot 4 (E4) and press <return>.

Press <return> again and highlight !ACL0100.CFG System Management Interface Card. Press <return>. An 'Add Confirmation' dialogue box appears.
Ignore the line that says it should be fitted to EISA slot M2.
In the FT4200, the SMIC card must be fitted in slot E4 (the bottom EISA slot)

Press <return> again. If there are additional EISA cards to add, highlight the relevant slot and repeat the same procedure as detailed above, using the appropriate .CFG file. If the .CFG file is not listed, press <F7>, put the floppy containing the .CFG file for that board in drive A and press <return>

This will allow the card to be configured, but the .CFG file will not be permanently added to the flash disk. It is recommended that you transfer the .CFG file to the flash disk at the earliest convenience. To add the .CFG file to the flashdisk, the .CFG file must be transferred and the flashdisk upgraded.
This option may be selected from the main flashdisk boot menu.

Once all cards have been successfully been added, press <F10> , and highlight Step 3 View or Edit Details. This allows settings of individual boards to be adjusted.

Press <return>.

  1. Move to CMOS Settings and press <Enter>
  2. Move to Advanced Options and press <Enter>
  3. Move to CPU Control and press <Enter>
  4. For each processor that you can access, hit <Enter> and select Enabled. Notice the highest number CPU will be listed as Boot Processor. Ensure that MP Version is set to V1.4
  5. Press <Tab> to move to Accept Changes and press <Enter>.
  6. Repeat step 5 twice more to return to the main screen.

To configure add-in boards:

To change values for EISA cards, highlight them and press <return>.
To change values for PCI cards, highlight them and press F6.

You may find that as you make changes, the ECU will inform you that another card has been moved. This is normal and can be generally disregarded to start with, but be careful that you aren't trying to set 2 devices to the same addresses or IRQ's

3.1 Configuration of Standard FT4200 Items

SMIC Card Configuration (EISA Slot E4)

Highlight Pass Through Port and set this to IRQ 14, COM3 port address.
Highlight Diagnostic Port and set this to IRQ 15
Highlight Base Memory and set this to C8000h (Note: Will default to D0000h on motherboard BIOS version 8.03)
Press <F10> when finished

7850 SCSI Controller Configuration

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the 7850 - PCI SCSI Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 2(9). (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

7880 SCSI Controller Configuration

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the 7880 - PCI SCSI Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 2(9). (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

3.2 Configuration of additional add-in cards

1st 3Com 3C595/905 10/100 Ethernet Controller (PCI Slot P1)

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the PCI Ethernet Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 11. (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

2nd 3Com 3C595/905 10/100 Ethernet Controller (PCI Slot P2)

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the PCI Ethernet Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 5. (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

1st DPT 3334 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P6/E1)

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the PCI SCSI Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 10. (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

2nd DPT 3334 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P5)

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the PCI SCSI Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 10. (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

1st Adaptec 2940 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P6/E1)

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the PCI SCSI Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 2 (9). (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

2nd Adaptec 2940 SCSI Controller Card (PCI Slot P5)

Highlight PCI Function 1 associated with the PCI SCSI Controller. Press <F6> and set Interrupt to IRQ 2 (9). (use + and - keys to change the values)
Press <F10> when finished.

When all the changes are complete, press <F7> and select Lock/Unlock boards. Press <F7> to lock all boards followed by <F10> and <esc>

Press <F10>, highlight Step 5 Save and Exit. Press <return> 3 times to return to the main flash disk menu or exit from floppy disk. Highlight Exit and Reboot on the main menu and press <return>.
The system will now reboot.


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4. Installation and Configuration of N+1 Power Supply Unit in FT4200

The N+1 power supply unit consists of up to 4 identical plug in redundant PSU modules, and an optional battery back up (BBU) unit. All installed modules run together, so that if one module fails for any reason, the other(s) will continue to run the system. The battery backup unit (if installed) provides a power source in the event of a mains failure.

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Fig 1. Rear aspect of the FT4200 N+1 power supply, with 4 modules fitted

A new FT4200 manual is supplied with the N+1 upgrade, along with some additional screws and 4 shorter bus bar bolts. These 4 bolts are fitted to the PSU supply rail bus bars during the process of installing the upgrade PSU unit. Note that if these are not fitted, the PSU may appear dead/intermittent.

It is important to thoroughly read and understand the supplied FT4200 manual, as this describes the fitting/removal process in detail. A suitable socket wrench to fit M5 type head will be required to fit/remove the hex power bus bar bolts – do not be tempted to use pliers, as this can result in damage to the bolts and/or bus bars.

By default, the N+1 PSU is supplied with one plug in redundant PSU module.

In order that the PSU can be controlled and monitored correctly by the SMC, an additional daughter board, the SMI2C, is "piggy backed" onto the SMC card in the FT4200 (Fig 2). The SMI2C card has a separate ribbon cable that connects directly to the PSU. This is the I2C bus cable. It is important to note when installing the SMI2C card, it is possible to fit it to the SMC in such a way that the IDC plugs can be displaced by one set of pins in either direction, as they are not keyed. Similarly, the smaller ribbon cable (I2C bus cable) that connects to the PSU, can be fitted incorrectly to the SMI2C card. These conditions can result in failure of the SMC and/or SMI2C modules 

When fitting the SMI2C card to the SMC, install the 4 stand off pillars to the SMC board first. When the SMI2C card is offered up to them, ensure that the 4 holes align correctly with the pillars. When they do, the board should be correctly located.

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Fig 2. FT4200 SMC board, showing positioning of SMI2C module.

The FT4200 configured with an N+1 power supply unit, utilises a modified SMC board (Pt. No. 15966631). The Discovery SMC (Pt. No.15801831), will allow the machine to function, but will not allow monitoring or control of the N+1 PSU. This module cannot simply be flash upgraded to work as an N+1 compliant unit, as there are hardware modifications as well as different BIOS revisions between the boards. The modified SMC must have at least version 4.120 BIOS to work with N+1 (see section 1.1 of this manual for current release version). Typically, the "UPS" LED on the FT4200 front bezel will show no activity if there is any issue with either the SMC, its BIOS level, or the I2C bus in general.

PSU modules should not be installed/removed with the power still applied to the system. There are 2 LEDs visible through the grille on each redundant PSU module, a green and a red one. Under normal conditions, the green led will be on, indicating that the module is functioning correctly. If the module develops a fault, the red one will be on.

In order to interrogate the N+1 PSU variables correctly , the SMA client must be running SMA version 1.4 or greater.


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5. Software Issues

5.1 FT4200 OS Pack Limitations

 

NT

Netware

SCO

Unixware

SMC Driver

y

y

y

not avail

Security Driver

y

y

y

not avail

SNMP Agent

y

y

y

not avail

Lan Stats

y

n

y

not avail

Lan Client

y

y

y

not avail

Event Manager

y

y

y

not avail

Error Log

n 1

y 3

y

not avail

RAID

n 2

n 2

n

not avail

  1. The Error Log driver provides information to the SMA about non-Fatal errors recorded by the BIOS e.g. single bit ECC errors, CPU thermal alarm. Fatal errors e.g. double bit ECC & CPU overheat, are recorded as the BIOS passes the information directly to the SMA
  2. The spec is for the SMA to provide status information about the RAID HDD’s. This function is missing. The workaround is to use the DPT Storage Manager only.
  3. Non-Fatal ECC errors are not recorded by the SMA. The hardware & BIOS correctly identify and correct the error, but they are not recorded in the SMA

FT4200 SMA Deliverables - 1st Shipment

  1. SMA & System Management Controller (SMC) Firmware Limitations - Side Panel keys do not generate an alarm when Security is armed. Violation is recorded in the SMA event log
  2. SMA & DPT Storage Manager - DPT Storage Manager will not run over the serial link to the Discovery. The LAN connection works correctly.

5.2 Installing SCO OpenServer 5 on FT4200

When installing SCO OpenServer 5 onto this system, where the root filesystem is to be attached to the onboard 7880 SCSI controller, it is essential that a replacement boot disk be used, along with modified boot syntax. This is because the FT4200 has 2 SCSI controllers on the main motherboard, the Adaptec 7850 and the Adaptec 7880. The installation script will try to find the first hard drive on the 7850 controller, which is dedicated to the exchangeable media drives only.

Using the supplied boot diskette, the system will panic during installation with the message

Panic:<srmountfun>:no rootdisk controller

followed by the usual "safe to power off" messages.

To install OpenServer 5, first obtain the new boot disk image. This can be found in Area 39 of Insight BBS, and is called BOOT4200.DSK.
This is not a compressed disk image, and as such could be created on a DOS based machine using the rawrite programme if desired. This can also be found in Area 39 of Insight BBS as the file RAWRITE.EXE

Once the disk has been created, power up the system with the new boot diskette installed. At the Boot: prompt type

defbootstr Sdsk=alad(1,0,0,0)

Followed by <return>
Installation will then proceed as normal.

Note that the "alad" driver included with SCO OpenServer 5 is suitable for use with the new 7880 SCSI controller, and will not require replacement.

Where an installation is to be performed using the DPT3334 SCSI RAID controller, the standard boot disk may be used, in conjunction with a BTLD disk containing the "dptr5" driver. The disk containing this driver is produced by the DPT storage manager during initial RAID system setup. At the Boot: prompt type

defbootstr ahslink=dptr5 disable=dpt

Follow the system prompts. The installation script will tell you that "another routine called dptrinit exists at 25". When given the options to replace it, type 25 at the prompt. Installation will then continue as normal.


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6. Tips

6.1 Disabling the On-board 7880 SCSI Controller

If you are using a DPT RAID controller you can disable the Adaptec 7880 to speed up the boot process. In the SCU select 7880 - PCI SCSI Controller and press <enter>. Select Disabled then <tab> down to Accept and press <enter>

6.2 Clearing the POST error log (LCD Alternating 3230 to 3A30)

You may find that the machine will pause after running through its CPU check, with the LCD display alternating between 3230 and 3A30. This indicates that the POST error log on the system has entries. To cure this, boot the system into the ECU, and from within the configuration, select CMOS Settings ->Advanced Configuration,->Error log control. Within this menu, you can disable all error logs, and erase current contents. This will clear the LCD messages, and speed up the boot.

In an extreme case, it may be necessary to remove the SMIC first, re-boot into ECU and carry out the above, especially if the error log has become corrupt for any reason.

 6.3 Setting up the SMA for remote connection by modem

In order for this to work, we recommend that the modems used at both ends are compatible, and ideally, identical. Start by connecting directly to the SMC port, and within SMA, (System controller Users) create a unique user that will be used exclusively for remote login purposes, ensuring that the password used is exactly the same as that which will be set at the remote end, including the case. Set the call-back info field to the telephone number of your remote workstation. Avoid using internal PABX lines that cannot be dialled directly for the FT4200 modem. Only select the Force traps tick box if you want the system to dial you up every time there is an alert (not desirable!).

6.4 Motherboard BIOS 8.03 Sets SMIC card to D0000 by default

When the motherboard BIOS is upgraded to 8.03, the ECU sets the SMIC card to address D0000 by default instead of C8000. The result of this is that the system will hang after initialising the installed SCSI controllers, the final message on the screen being:

"Examining Processor 0"

The solution is to drain the CMOS RAM, and using the ECU, set the SMIC base address to C8000. All the other settings will also need to be reset of course. Note that this will need to be done every time the CMOS RAM is drained for any reason.


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