R410 stops during boot waiting for a keypress of F1 or F2

Warren_Thurber at Dell.com Warren_Thurber at Dell.com
Sun Feb 7 22:31:49 CST 2010


Rahul,
	Try the following:

1.  Go to:

http://linux.dell.com/repo/community/

And add the dell-community repo by following the instructions on that page.

2. Install the appropriate rpms:

[root at localhost ~]# yum -y install libsmbios.x86_64

It will pull any dependencies it needs.

3.	Load the modules:

*******************************
[root at localhost ~]# lsmod | grep -Ei 'dell|dcd'
dell_rbu               41569  0
dcdbas                 42225  0
*******************************


4. Start the change process.

Of the two values listed below, you have to activate the one that's false, and it deactivates the one that's true.  Here are the settings you get when the "F1/F2 Prompt on Error":

[root at localhost ~]# smbios-token-ctl
========================================================================
========
  Token: 0x024d - unknown (unknown)
  value: bool = true
   Desc: unknown
========================================================================
========
  Token: 0x024e - unknown (unknown)
  value: bool = false
   Desc: unknown
========================================================================
========


You can see that 0x024d (enabled) is set to true and 0x024e (disabled) is set to false. Reboot and check the BIOS to confirm the setting is enabled.  To disable 0x024d you have to enable 0x024e:


********************************************
[root at localhost ~]# smbios-token-ctl --set-string --token=0x024e --activate Original Values
        type: bool
       value: false

Activating token...
New values
        type: bool
       value: true
********************************************


Then check the settings again:

[root at localhost ~]# smbios-token-ctl
========================================================================
========
  Token: 0x024d - unknown (unknown)
  value: bool = false
   Desc: unknown
========================================================================
========
  Token: 0x024e - unknown (unknown)
  value: bool = true
   Desc: unknown
========================================================================
========


Next, reboot and make sure the settings take on all the compute nodes.


Thanks!
Brett

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Rahul Nabar
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 5:54 PM
To: linux-poweredge-Lists
Subject: R410 stops during boot waiting for a keypress of F1 or F2

On some of my R410 servers the BIOS stops at a message:

"Press F1 to proceed or F2 to enter System Setup"

These are clustered machines so such a message just causes the whole
automated boot process to halt since they don't have a keyboard or
console attached where one presses this key. Is there a way to
automate changing this via sysconfg?

I found no clue in the Dell Deployment Guide. In the BIOS though there
is a setting that chooses whether or not the system halts on the
errors.

-- 
Rahul

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