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HP MediaSmart Server Resources for Will Not Boot EX-485

HP Media Smart Server EX-485

HP Media Smart Server EX-485 at AskClayFranklin.com

I love my HP EX-485 Media Smart Server. It recently died. I determined it was the power supply and bought a new one on eBay for $79, installed it and it fixed the restart problem. I wrote an article about how to replace the power supply on the EX-485 MediaSmart Server in a blog post. It completely booted up once. Then it would get one blue light, network light off, and flashing blue light for health. It is really bugging me. I bought a SATA Hard Drive External USB Box and performed a defrag on the main 750GB drive.
Now it will get 2 blue lights and one blinking health light. I’ve been doing a lot of research and wanted to document my findings here with these links to reources.
Using Server Recovery and Factory Reset
HP MediaSmart Server Software Update Settings
Health Indicator Codes
Path to WHSConnectorInstall.exe on EX490

Next I will try server reset again since the network light has stayed on since the defrag on the main drive.

Then I will double check the backplane is seated in the socket on the motherboard.

Then I will defrag the other 2 drives in the server.

If all else fails, I will buy the kvm adapter for the server or take it in to get it checked out.
The lithium battery is suspect sine it is so old, but I’m not sure if that would cause no boot.  CPU’s rarely fail and memory rarely fail so not sure what is happening to prevent boot up.  It sure is frustrating.  I’ll keep posting my findings here so hopefully the research and finding will help others with the same issues.  I could always order a new or  used one but fixing the old one has become a challenge.

Update: 03/13/2013: This is very frustrating.  I am finally getting around to running checkdisk (using a Windows XP machine) for the  the system drive on the main 759GB hard drive today.  I realized I only ran checkdisk on the main data drive last time.  I found this helpful article on how to easily run check disk CHKDSK in a windows without using a command prompt.   Here is the link to the article I found that makes it really easy. How to run CHKDSK in Windows XP.

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