About This Guide

This document is designed to help you understand and operate your POWER CHALLENGETM/CHALLENGE XL rackmount server system. The information contained in this document is organized as follows:

Chapter 1 

“The Challenge Rackmount Server” provides an overview of the basic system and its capabilities.

Chapter 2 

“Touring the Chassis” describes the system components and reviews all of the controls, indicators, and connectors.

Chapter 3 

“Getting Started” describes the connection of the hardware and provides the power-on and boot procedures.

Chapter 4 

“Installing and Using Optional Peripherals” supplies the information to install and configure various peripherals.

Chapter 5 

“Having Trouble?” describes some common problems and possible solutions. The operation of the system controller is also explained.

Chapter 6 

“Safety and Comfort” describes basic human factors guidelines for system operation.

Appendix A 

“Hardware Specifications” lists physical and electrical specifications.

Appendix B 

“Drive Maintenance” describes the procedures required to properly maintain your 1/4-inch, 4 mm DAT and 8 mm tape drives, as well as CD-ROM drives.

Appendix C 

“System Controller Error Messages” lists all of the possible error messages.

Appendix D 

“CHALLENGE IO4 PROM” supplies information about the IO4 PROM monitor.

Appendix E 

“VMEbus Implementation” provides guidelines to help select third-party VME boards for the system.

Start at the beginning to familiarize yourself with the features of your new system, or proceed directly to the information you need by using the table of contents as your guide.

Software-specific information is located in the software guides included with your Challenge rackmount server system:

Style Conventions

This guide uses the following conventions:

  • References to other documents are in italics.

  • Names of buttons are in italics.

  • References to other chapters and sections within this guide are in quotation marks.

  • Names of menu choices are in quotation marks.

  • Nonprinting keys are in angle bracks and <bold>.

Compliance Statements

This sections lists various domestic and international compliance statements that pertain to the system.

FCC Warning

This equipment has been tested and found compliant with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at personal expense.

VDE 0871/6.78

This equipment has been tested to and is in compliance with the Level A limits per VDE 0871.

International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR)

This equipment has been tested to and is in compliance with the Class A limits per CISPR publication 22.

Canadian Deparment of Communications Statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.


Le present appareil numerique n'emet pas de bruits radioelectriques depassant les limites applicables aux appareils numeriques de Classe A prescrites dans le Reglement sur le Brouillage Radioelectrique etabli par le Ministere des Communications du Canada.

Japanese Compliance Statement