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Understanding the HP MediaSmart Server Lights

The lights on the front of the HP MediaSmart Server indicate the status of the server. After the HP MediaSmart Server startup completes and prior to the first software installation, the indicator lights show:
  • Hard drives—solid purple Hard drives—solid purple
  • Network—solid blue Network—solid blue
  • Health—solid purple Health—solid purple
After you complete the software installation, all lights should be solid blue. If the lights are not solid blue, see one of the following:
A purple light bar purple light bar indicates that a hard drive has been installed, but has not been initialized. It occurs in the following conditions:
  • When setting up the server for first time - the light-bar is purple until the set up on the first computer is complete.
  • The drive has been removed from total storage - for example, when removing a drive from the drive bay.
  • When adding a new drive, before is has been added to server storage.
For information on initializing a hard drive, see Server Storage in the Windows Home Server Console Help.
To power on the server
  1. Make sure the power cord is fully plugged into the server and a powered electrical outlet.
  2. If plugged into a surge protector or power strip, make sure the device is switched on.
A red Health indicator light red Health indicator light has the following states:
  • Solid red - operating system failure.
  • Blinking red - power on test has failed or BIOS failed.
Additionally, on your computers the Windows Home Server icon is grey Windows Home Server grey icon on the task tray, which indicates the computer cannot contact Windows Home Server.
To get more information about the failure, the HP MediaSmart Server provides additional error codes.
Sidebar: Hubs and Network Health Light
Some network hubs, as opposed to switches or routers, may reduce performance between your computer and the HP MediaSmart Server, or the hub may prevent your computer from communicating with the server. If this is a problem, the network health indicator light on the front of the server will be off. Replacing the hub with a switch may improve the network performance or restore connectivity.

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January 23, 2009 5:04 AM

What does two solid blue and one blinking blue heath mean?


January 28, 2009 10:40 PM

I just added an additional hard drive and it will be to duplicate my data on the other drives. This drive's light remains solid purple - the two original drives lights are blue. If the drive is not part of the total storage will it be purple/ I have reformatted it numerous times and it appears installed and has data on the purple drive - but there are no comments anywhere on what color the drive light should be if it just duplicates the other drive data. Thanks

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View unverified member's comment - posted by Pete at pmlmedia

April 28, 2010 6:14 AM

I'm having a problem where my network light is off and my health light is white. I can't figure out why. One day the server was working fine and the next it wasn't. As far as I'm aware no software was installed.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

View unverified member's comment - posted by reclus

September 21, 2010 10:11 PM

If you have an issue with no hard drive lights and a blinking status light, check this out:


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