2650 RH Shutdown

Mark Watts m.watts at eris.qinetiq.com
Tue May 18 10:31:00 CDT 2004

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> Greetings.
> Having some issues here with a bunch of Dell PowereEdge 2650s.
> These machines are a mix of RH 2.1   3.0   and 7.2
> We simply cannot get these dudes to shut down to a powered off state
> unless we use the Dell OpenManage software.
> Dell, naturally contends that this should work fine. In fact, when
> Windows 2003 Server is installed on the boxes, it powers off
> perfectly.
> The RH boxes however, are being stubborn when getting
> commands from a shell or from the OS itself despite Dell's
> assurance that it should work.
> Commands suggested from Dell included:
> halt -p
> poweroff -p
> These, along with any OS attempts,  result in the machine shutting
> down the OS, but going to a base prompt that tells us
> "Power Off" (i.e. "You may now hit the button and I will turn off")
> however, the unit will simply not power off.
> Does anyone have any suggestions that might be fruitful on this?

On Mandrake, if you use the 'Enterprise' kernel (in order to get access to 
>900MB ram), it exhibits the same 'not powering off on shutdown' issue you 
mention. Closer inspection shows that (at least for a 2.4 kernel) the APM 
stuff isn't being compiled. Enabling that and rebuilding the kernel makes it 
power off.


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