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Running the System Diagnostics

Dell™ PowerEdge™ 1750 Systems Installation and Troubleshooting Guide

  Using Server Administrator Diagnostics

  System Diagnostics Features

  When to Use the System Diagnostics

  Running the System Diagnostics

  System Diagnostics Testing Options

  Using the Advanced Testing Options

  Error Messages

If you experience a problem with your system, run the diagnostics before calling for technical assistance. The purpose of the diagnostics is to test your system's hardware without requiring additional equipment or risking data loss. If you are unable to fix the problem yourself, service and support personnel can use diagnostics test results to help you solve the problem.

Using Server Administrator Diagnostics

To assess a system problem, first use the online Server Administrator diagnostics. If you are unable to identify the problem, then use the system diagnostics.

To access the online diagnostics, log into the Server Administrator home page, and then click the Diagnostics tab. For information about using diagnostics, see the online help. For additional information, see the Server Administrator User's Guide.

System Diagnostics Features

The system diagnostics provides a series of menus and options for particular device groups or devices. The system diagnostics menus and options allow you to:

When to Use the System Diagnostics

If a major component or device in the system does not operate properly, component failure may be indicated. As long as the microprocessor and the system's input/output devices (monitor, keyboard, and diskette drive) are functioning, you can use the system diagnostics to help identify the problem.

Running the System Diagnostics

The system diagnostics can be run either from the utility partition on your hard drive or from a set of diskettes that you create using the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant CD.

NOTICE: Use the system diagnostics to test only your system. Using this program with other systems may cause invalid results or error messages. In addition, use only the program that came with your system (or an updated version of that program).

From the Utility Partition

  1. As the system boots, press <F10> during POST.

  2. From the utility partition main menu under Run System Utilities, select Run System Diagnostics.

From the Diagnostics Diskettes

  1. Create a set of diagnostics diskettes from the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant CD. See "Using the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant CD" in your User's Guide for information on creating the diskettes.

  2. Insert the first diagnostics diskette.

  3. Reboot the system.

If the system fails to boot, see "Getting Help."

When you start the system diagnostics, a message is displayed stating that the diagnostics are initializing. Next, the Diagnostics menu appears. The menu allows you to run all or specific diagnostics tests or to exit the system diagnostics.

NOTE: Before you read the rest of this section, start the system diagnostics so that you can see the utility on your screen.

System Diagnostics Testing Options

To select an option from the Diagnostics menu, highlight the option and press <Enter>, or press the key that corresponds to the highlighted letter in the option.

Table 4-1 provides a brief explanation of testing options.

Table 4-1. System Diagnostics Testing Options  

Testing Option


Quick Tests

Performs a quick check of the system. Select Test All Devices and then select Quick Tests. This option runs device tests that do not require user interaction. Use this option to quickly identify the source of your problem.

Test One Device

Tests a particular device.

Extended Tests

Performs a more thorough check of the system. Select Test All Devices and then select Extended Tests.

Advanced Testing

Checks a particular area of the system.

Information and Results

Displays test results.

Program Options

Sets various test parameters.

Device Configuration

Displays an overview of the devices in the system.

Exit to MS-DOS

Exits the diagnostics and returns to the System Utilities menu.

Using the Advanced Testing Options

When you select Advanced Testing from the Diagnostics menu, the main screen of the diagnostics appears and displays the following information:

For more information about a device group or device, highlight the Help option and press <Enter>. Press <Esc> to return to the previous screen.

Error Messages

When you run a system diagnostics test, you may receive an error message during testing. Record the message on a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist. For a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist and instructions for obtaining technical assistance, see "Getting Help."

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