2650 freezes during POST

Brian K. Jones jonesy at CS.Princeton.EDU
Mon Nov 25 09:25:01 CST 2002

This solution worked.  

However, this is unacceptable behaviour from a production machine! 
Could this have been prevented?  Why would the box not exhibit any kind
of flakiness during normal operation - why did I only see this on a

This box didn't offer any mission-critical services, but to the extent
that it could make others in the dept. (and myself, admittedly) shaky
toward doing more with Linux, it's all kinda critical to me (I happen to
prefer Linux over Sun for some things).

I appreciate the always wonderful level of assistance from those on this

Continued input appreciated, and solicited.

On Mon, 2002-11-25 at 09:34, Steve_Boley at dell.com wrote:
> Reseat memory and reseat the riser assembly usually clears the memory count
> bar hanging, you could pull the mouse and keyboard and see if bad kvm cable
> is hanging as an easy item to try.
> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian K. Jones [mailto:jonesy at CS.Princeton.EDU]
> Sent: Monday, November 25, 2002 8:12 AM
> To: Dell-Linux
> Subject: 2650 freezes during POST
> ## this is a resend.  The original somehow was only sent to 
> ## Matt D.  Sorry :-o
> Hi.  This is bad news :(
> I have 3 identically configured 2650's, and we had some downtime on
> Saturday, and one of them didn't boot.  I came in this morning to find
> the machine sitting there with the Dell logo and about 1/5 of that white
> bar filled, and it was sitting like that for over 24 hours (which would
> likely indicate that it wasn't going anywhere from there).  So I can't
> get into the BIOS, there's no errors in the LCD on the front panel of
> the box, all the disk lights look normal (one of our admins tried
> reseating and rebooting, to no avail), all the connections on the back
> are good, but no activity (and worse, no info!)
> Any clues on what to do before I pull this thing and start reseating
> RAM?  It's not the most convenient box to work on (because of where it
> is - not because of anything Dell's done) :-)  
> I would think that no matter what is broken, the box should give some
> clue as to what's happening (or not), and the fact that it's not may be
> a bug?  
> Well, regardless, info on how I might proceed here is greatly
> appreciated.
> Thanks.

Brian K. Jones
System Administrator
Dept. of Computer Science, Princeton University
jonesy at cs.princeton.edu
Voice: (609) 258-6080

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