iTCO_wdt - watchdog

Ruairi.Hickey-dell at collon.ie Ruairi.Hickey-dell at collon.ie
Mon Jun 23 08:56:15 CDT 2008


Hi,

            I have installed Debian lenny on a Dell Powerege R200 and I am
working my way through the setup.  I am currently trying to get the hardware
watchdog working. my test at the moment are as follows..

 

 

Install the watchdog software (apt-get install watchdog)

Modify /etc/watchdog to monitor /dev/weatchdog

Start watchdog (/etc/init.d/watchdog start)

 

 

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 wd_keepalive[2453]: stopping watchdog keepalive daemon
(5.4)

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 watchdog[3194]: starting daemon (5.4):

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 watchdog[3194]: int=10s realtime=yes sync=no soft=no
mla=24 mem=197568495617

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 watchdog[3194]: ping: no machine to check

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 watchdog[3194]: file: no file to check

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 watchdog[3194]: pidfile: no server process to check

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 watchdog[3194]: interface: no interface to check

Jun 23 14:28:59 mx1 watchdog[3194]: test=none(0) repair=none
alive=/dev/watchdog heartbeat=none temp=none to=root no_act=no

 

Which is starting up OK.  To test I then stop the watchdog with
/etc/init.d/watchdog stop.  This starts the wd_keepalive process to ensure
the system doesn't get rebooted.  If I kill this process with a kill -9 the
system hardware resets after 10 - 20 seconds and the system restarts.  This
all appears to be correct..

 

But the problem is on bios startup where the message 

"A critical error caused the System to reset. Please check the system logs"

"Press F1 to continue, F2 for setup"

 

And the system waits there for someone to press F1.  

 

How do I disable this prompt so that a system rebooted by the watchdog will
reboot back into the OS without any intervention ?

 

Thanks

            Ruairi

 

 

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