Dell 5316M Product information

Dell 5316M Product information
Dell™ PowerEdge™ 1955 Systems
Hardware Owners Manual
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Contents
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About Your System .
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Other Information You May Need
System Overview .
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System Status Features
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Server Module Features
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Using USB Diskette or USB CD Drives
Hard-Drive Features
Back-Panel Features .
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Power Supply Indicator .
Fan Module Indicators .
KVM Modules
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Avocent Analog KVM Switch Module . . . .
Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch Module
DRAC/MC Module
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Important I/O Configuration Considerations
DRAC/MC Firmware Requirements . . . . .
I/O Connectivity
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Guidelines for Installing Connectivity Modules
PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet Switch Module
Fibre Channel Pass-Through Module. . . . . .
Fibre Channel Switch Module . . . . . . . . .
Infiniband Pass-through Module . . . . . . . .
Gb Ethernet Pass-through Module . . . . . . .
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Server Module Messages
Warning Messages
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Diagnostics Messages .
Alert Messages
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Using the System Setup Program
Entering the System Setup Program .
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Responding to Error Messages . .
Using the System Setup Program .
System Setup Options
Main Screen . . . . . . . . .
Memory Information Screen .
CPU Information Screen . . .
Integrated Devices Screen . .
Serial Communication Screen
System Security Screen . . .
Exit Screen . . . . . . . . . .
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Using the System Password
Using the Setup Password .
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Disabling a Forgotten Password.
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System and Setup Password Features.
Acquiring the asset.com Utility
Baseboard Management Controller Configuration
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Entering the BMC Setup Module .
BMC Setup Module Options . . .
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Installing System Options .
Power Supply Modules
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System Power Guidelines . . . . . .
Removing a Power Supply Module .
Installing a Power Supply Module .
Fan Modules
DRAC/MC Module
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Removing a Fan .
Installing a Fan .
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Removing a DRAC/MC Module . . . . . . .
Installing a DRAC/MC Module . . . . . . .
Important I/O Configuration Considerations
DRAC/MC Firmware Requirements . . . . .
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KVM Module
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Removing a KVM Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing a KVM Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tiering an Avocent Analog KVM Switch or Avocent Digital
Access KVM Switch From a Analog KVM Switch . . . . . . . . . . .
Tiering an Avocent Analog KVM Switch From a Dell Console Switch .
Tiering an Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch From a Dell
Console Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chassis I/O Module
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I/O Module Placements .
Installing an I/O Module
Server Modules
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Removing a Server Module .
Installing a Server Module .
Opening the Server Module
Closing the Server Module .
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Removing and Installing Server Module Components
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Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General Memory Module Installation Guidelines .
Memory Sparing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Memory Mirroring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sample Memory Configurations . . . . . . . . . .
I/O Module Daughter Card . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activating the Integrated NIC TOE . . . . . . . . .
Processors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Server Module Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hard Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring the Boot Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a Hard Drive From a Hard-Drive Carrier .
Installing a Hard Drive Into a Drive Carrier . . . . .
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Back-Panel Module Cage Assembly (Service-Only Procedure)
Removing the Back-Panel Module Cage Assembly
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Chassis Control Panel Assembly (Service-Only Procedure)
Removing the Chassis Control Panel .
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Server Module Control Panel Assembly (Service-Only Procedure)
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Removing the Server Module Control Panel
Installing the Server Module Control Panel
System Board (Service-Only Procedure)
Removing the System Board
Installing the System Board.
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Troubleshooting Your System
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Safety First—For You and Your System
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Start-Up Routine
Checking the Equipment .
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Troubleshooting External Connections
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Troubleshooting the Video Subsystem
Troubleshooting the Keyboard . . . .
Troubleshooting the Mouse . . . . . .
Troubleshooting USB Devices . . . .
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Troubleshooting a Damaged System.
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Troubleshooting System Components
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Troubleshooting Power Supply Modules . .
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Troubleshooting the DRAC/MC Module . .
Troubleshooting a Network Switch Module
Troubleshooting Server Module Components .
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Troubleshooting Server Module Memory .
Troubleshooting Hard Drives . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting Microprocessors . . . . .
Troubleshooting the Server Module Board .
Troubleshooting the Server Module Battery
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Responding to a Systems Management Alert Message.
Troubleshooting a Wet System.
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Running System Diagnostics .
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Using Server Administrator Diagnostics
System Diagnostics Features
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When to Use the System Diagnostics
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Running the System Diagnostics
From the Utility Partition
From a USB Flash Drive .
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System Diagnostics Testing Options.
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Using the Advanced Testing Options
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Error Messages
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DIP Switch Settings and Connectors .
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DIP Switch Settings—A General Explanation
DIP Switches
Server Module Board DIP Switch .
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Server Module Board Connectors .
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Disabling a Forgotten Password.
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Getting Help
Technical Assistance
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Online Services . . . . . . . . . .
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Automated Order-Status Service .
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Dell Enterprise Training and Certification .
Problems With Your Order .
Product Information
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Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
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Before You Call .
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Contacting Dell .
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Glossary
Index .
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Contents
About Your System
Other Information You May Need
CAUTION: The Product Information Guide provides important safety and regulatory information. Warranty
information may be included within this document or as a separate document.
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The Rack Installation Guide or Rack Installation Instructions included with your rack solution
describes how to install your system into a rack.
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The Getting Started Guide provides an overview of system features, setting up your system, and
technical specifications.
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The Configuration Guide provides information on initial configuration of the server modules and
other modular components in your system.
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The Dell OpenManage Baseboard Management Controller User’s Guide provides detailed
information on using the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC).
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The Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis User’s Guide provides detailed information
on using the remote management features of the system.
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CDs included with your system provide documentation and tools for configuring and managing
your system.
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Systems management software documentation describes the features, requirements, installation,
and basic operation of the software.
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Operating system documentation describes how to install (if necessary), configure, and use the
operating system software.
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Documentation for any components you purchased separately provides information to configure
and install these options.
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Updates are sometimes included with the system to describe changes to the system, software,
and/or documentation.
NOTE: Always check for updates on support.dell.com and read the updates first because they often
supersede information in other documents.
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Release notes or readme files may be included to provide last-minute updates to the system or
documentation or advanced technical reference material intended for experienced users or
technicians.
About Your System
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System Overview
Your system can include up to ten server modules (or blades) (see Figure 1-1). Each server module
functions as an individual server encompassing up to two microprocessors, up to two hot-pluggable hard
drives, and up to eight memory modules. To function as a system, a server module is inserted into a
chassis that supports power supplies, fan modules, a management module (Dell™ Remote Access
Controller/Modular Chassis [DRAC/MC]), a KVM switch module, and at least one I/O module for
network connectivity. The power supplies, fans, DRAC/MC, and I/O modules are shared resources of the
server modules in the chassis. In addition, your system may also ship with an optional external USB
diskette drive and an optional external USB CD drive, which you can use to set up and configure the
server modules.
NOTE: To ensure proper operation and cooling, all bays must be populated at all times with either a server module
or with a blank.
Figure 1-1. Server Modules
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This section describes the major hardware and software features of your system and provides information
about the indicators on the system's front and back panels. It also provides information about other
documents you may need when setting up your system and how to obtain technical assistance.
System Status Features
The chassis has front-panel control features including power and identification buttons and indicators
(see Figure 1-2). Press the power button to turn on the system; press and hold the power button to turn
off the system. Pressing the identification button activates the identification indicator on both the front
and back (on the KVM module) of the system. Table 1-1 shows the status features.
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Figure 1-2. Front-Panel Control and Indicators
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system power indicator
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identification button
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system power button
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identification indicator
Table 1-1. System Status Features
Indicator Type
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Indicator Code
System power
button
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None
Turns the system on and off. Press to turn on the system.
Press and hold 10 seconds to turn off the system.
NOTE: The system power button controls power to all of the
server modules and I/O modules in the chassis.
System power
indicator
Identification
button
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Off
System does not have power.
Green
System power is on.
Amber
System is plugged in but is not turned on.
None
Turns on the identification indicators on both the front and
back (on the KVM switch module) of the chassis.
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Table 1-1. System Status Features (continued)
Indicator Type
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Identification
indicator
Indicator
Indicator Code
Off
Chassis is not being identified. This is the default.
Amber, slow Chassis is being identified. Either the front or back
blinking
identification button has been pressed. This indicator can
be turned off by pressing the identification button.
Amber, fast System error. Will stop blinking when the error is resolved.
blinking
Server Module Features
Each server module has one power button and one KVM module selection button on the front (see
Figure 1-3). The indicators include a power indicator, network link indicators, and a KVM module
indicator. The server module also has a custom port on the front of the module. Use the custom cable
included with your system to connect this port to two USB devices (for example, USB diskette drive,
USB CD drive, USB mouse) and to video.
NOTE: The USB devices can only be connected by using the custom cable supplied with the system.
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Figure 1-3. Server Module Indicators
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server module power indicator 2
server module power button
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KVM selection indicator
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KVM selection button
daughter card status indicator
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Ethernet network indicator
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custom port (with custom
cable - USB [2] and video)
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Table 1-2 provides information about the status indicators.
Table 1-2.
Server Module Features and Indicators
Indicator
Icon
Server module
power indicator
Server module
power button
N/A
Activity Indicator
Indicator Code
Off
Power is not available to the server module, the server
module is not turned on, or the server module is installed
incorrectly. For detailed information on installing a server
module, see "Server Modules" on page 73.
Green
The module is turned on.
Green blinking fast
The module power is on and there is a fault with the server
module.
Green blinking slowly
The module power is on and the server module is being
remotely identified via the DRAC/MC.
Amber
The module power is off, but the system power is on.
Amber blinking slowly
The module power is off and the server module is being
remotely identified via the DRAC/MC.
Amber blinking fast
The module power is off and there is a fault with the server
module.
None
Turns server module power off and on.
• If you turn off the module using the power button and
the module is running an ACPI-compliant operating
system, the module can perform an orderly shutdown
before the power is turned off.
• If the module is not running an ACPI-compliant
operating system, power is turned off immediately after
the power button is pressed.
• Press and hold the button to turn off the server module
immediately.
The button is enabled in the System Setup program. When
disabled, you can only use the button to turn on the server
module.
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Table 1-2. Server Module Features and Indicators (continued)
Indicator
Icon
KVM selection
indicator
Activity Indicator
Indicator Code
Off
The server module is not selected by the KVM.
Green
The server module is selected for the KVM.
Amber blinking
The server module is not selected by the KVM and a power
fault exists.
Green/amber blinking
The server module is selected for the KVM and a power fault
exists.
KVM selection
button
N/A
None
Selects the server module for use with the KVM located on
the back of the system. See "Avocent Analog KVM Switch
Module" on page 22 for information on selecting a server
module by using the keyboard.
Daughter card
status indicator
(Infiniband card
installed)
I/O
Off
Daughter card is not installed.
Green
Infiniband daughter card is installed, but no traffic is
detected.
Green blinking
Infiniband daughter card is present and data transfers are
occurring.
Off
Daughter card is not installed.
Green
A link exists.
Green blinking
Fibre channel daughter-card data transfers are occurring.
Off
Daughter card is not installed.
Green
A link exists.
Green blinking
Gb Ethernet daughter-card data transfers are occurring.
Off
Daughter card is not installed.
Green
A link exists.
Green blinking
TOE NIC daughter card is installed and data transfers are
occurring.
Daughter card
status indicator
(Fibre channel
daughter card
installed)
I/O
Daughter card
status indicator
(Gb Ethernet
daughter card
installed)
I/O
Daughter card
status indicator
(TOE NIC
daughter card
installed)
I/O
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Table 1-2. Server Module Features and Indicators (continued)
Indicator
Icon
Network indicators
Activity Indicator
Indicator Code
Off
Indicates that the server module does not have a link to the
Ethernet switch or pass-through module.
Green on
Indicates that the server module has a valid link to the
network switch module.
Green blinking
Indicates network activity between the server module and
the network switch module.
NOTE: External network activity is not reported by this
indicator.
NOTE: This network indicator may also blink green due to
systems management activity if you use the integrated NIC to
remotely access your system’s Baseboard Management
Controller (BMC). See "Baseboard Management Controller
Configuration" on page 54.
USB/video
connector
None
Use the custom cable to connect external USB devices and
video to the server module.
Using USB Diskette or USB CD Drives
Each server module has a USB port on the front of the server module which allows you to connect a
custom cable for a diskette drive or USB CD drive. The USB drives are used to configure the server
module.
NOTICE: The system supports only Dell-branded USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 drives. The drive must be horizontal and level
to operate properly.
NOTE: If the drive must be designated as the boot drive, connect the USB drive, restart the system, then enter the
System Setup Program and set the drive as first in the boot sequence (see "Using the System Setup Program" on
page 43). The USB device will be displayed in the boot order setup screen only if it is attached to the system before
you run the System Setup program.
Hard-Drive Features
Each server module supports one or two hot-pluggable SAS hard drives, or one or two hot-pluggable
SATA hard drives. See Figure 1-4 and Table 1-3 for information on the hard-drive indicators. Different
patterns are displayed as drive events occur in the system.
NOTICE: Each server module must have a hard drive or a hard-drive blank installed in each hard-drive bay.
NOTICE: You cannot install a SAS drive and a SATA drive within a given server module (blade). However, you can
install server modules (blades) with SAS drives and server modules with SATA drives in the same server enclosure.
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Figure 1-4. Hard-Drive Features and Indicators
1
2
1
drive activity indicator
2
drive status indicator
NOTE: The hard-drive status indicator is only functional for RAID hard drive configurations.
For non-RAID configurations, only the drive-activity indicator is active.
Table 1-3.
Hard-Drive Status Indicator Patterns (RAID Configurations Only)
Status Indicator State
Indicator Code
Off
• Drive is ready for removal.
• Drive bay is empty.
• Power is off to the server module.
Green
Drive is online.
Green, blinking slowly
Drive is rebuilding.
Green, blinking quickly
Drive is being identified.
Amber
Drive has failed or has an error. See "Troubleshooting Hard
Drives" on page 113.
Amber blinking slowly,
green blinking slowly, then off
The drive has reported a predictive failure event, and should
be replaced.
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Back-Panel Features
The back of the chassis supports four I/O module bays, the DRAC/MC, fan modules, and power supply
modules. Figure 1-5 shows a sample configuration and the numbering for the bays. Table 1-4 provides
information about the back-panel features.
Figure 1-5. Back-Panel Features
1
3
2
4
12
5
11
6
4
10
3
7
2
1
8
9
1
I/O bay 2
2
fan modules (2)
3
PowerConnect 5316M
Ethernet switch module
4
I/O bay 1
5
Fibre Channel pass-through
module
6
I/O bay 3
7
KVM module
8
DRAC/MC module
9
power supply modules (4)
11
I/O bay 4
12
blanks (2)
10 blanks (2)
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Table 1-4. Back-Panel Features and Indicators
Component
Indicator Description
Power supply modules
Provide information about power status (see "Power Supply Indicator Codes" on
page 20).
Fan modules
Provide information about status of the system fans (see "Fan Module Indicators"
on page 21).
KVM module
Provides information about the KVM module (see "KVM Modules" on page 22).
DRAC/MC module
Provides information about system status, system management status, and port
status (see "DRAC/MC Module" on page 26).
PowerConnect™ 5316M
Ethernet switch module
Provides information about the 10/100/1000 BASE-T network status (see
"PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet Switch Module" on page 29).
Fibre Channel pass-through
module
Provides information about the Fibre Channel network status (see "Fibre
Channel Pass-Through Module" on page 31).
Fibre Channel switch module
Provides information about the Fibre Channel network status (see "Fibre
Channel Switch Module" on page 32).
Infiniband pass-through
module
Provides information about the Infiniband network status (see "Infiniband Passthrough Module" on page 32).
Gb pass-through module
Provides information about the network status (see "Gb Ethernet Pass-through
Module" on page 33).
Power Supply Indicator
Each hot-pluggable power supply has indicators that provide information about power status, fault, and
the presence of AC power (see Figure 1-6). Table 1-5 lists the power supply indicator codes.
NOTE: Only 2100-W power supply modules are supported on your system. The 2100-W power supply modules
require 180–240 V input from a PDU capable of providing AC current up to 29.2 A at 180 V input. If the power supply
modules are plugged into 110-V electrical outlets, the system will not power up.
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Figure 1-6. Power Supply Indicators
1
3
2
1
fault indicator
2
AC power present indicator
3
DC power indicator
Table 1-5. Power Supply Indicator Codes
Indicator
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Icon
Activity
Indicator
Indicator Code
DC power indicator
Green
The power supply is operational.
Fault indicator
Amber
The power supply is in a fault condition. The fault
condition can result from either a failed power supply
or a failed fan within the power supply. See "Power
Supply Modules" on page 58.
AC power present
indicator
Green
AC power is present at the power supply and the system
is connected to an AC power source.
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Fan Module Indicators
Each hot-pluggable fan module contains two redundant fans (see Figure 1-7). Table 1-6 lists the fan
indicator codes.
Figure 1-7. Fan Module Indicators
2
1
3
4
1
fan 1 fault indicator
4
fan 2 fault indicator
Table 1-6.
2
fan 1 present indicator
3
fan 2 present indicator
Fan Module Indicator Codes
Indicator
Activity Indicator
Indicator Code
Fan 1 present indicator
Off
Fan 1 is not installed.
Green
Fan 1 is installed.
Off
Fan 1 is operating normally.
Amber
Fan 1 has failed. See "Fan Modules" on page 59.
Off
Fan 2 is not installed.
Green
Fan 2 is installed.
Fan 1 fault indicator
Fan 2 present indicator
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Table 1-6.
Fan Module Indicator Codes (continued)
Indicator
Activity Indicator
Indicator Code
Fan 2 fault indicator
Off
Fan 2 is operating normally.
Amber
Fan 2 has failed. See "Fan Modules" on page 59.
KVM Modules
Your system includes one of the KVM modules described in this section:
•
Avocent Analog KVM switch module (standard)
•
Avocent Digital Access KVM switch module (optional)
NOTE: Earlier versions of KVM modules are not supported on your system.
Avocent Analog KVM Switch Module
The Avocent Analog KVM switch module provides a custom connection for a keyboard, video (monitor),
and mouse to monitor a server module. (You must use the custom cable provided with your system to
connect the KVM to the external devices.)
NOTE: Your system has two custom cables—one that connects to the front of the server module to connect two
USB devices and video, and a second cable that connects to the KVM to provide two PS/2 connections and a video
connection. The cables are not interchangeable. It is recommended that you keep these custom cables available.
The switch module also provides an Analog Console Interface (ACI) port, which allows you to connect a
server module via Cat5 cabling to an external device such as the Dell 2161DS Digital console switch or
Dell 180AS/2160AS analog console switches, without the need for a Server Interface Pod (SIP.)
NOTE: Although the ACI port is an RJ-45 connector and uses Cat5 cabling, it is not an Ethernet network interface
port. It is only used for connection to external KVM switches with Analog Rack Interface (ARI) ports.
NOTE: The ACI port can only be used to connect to ARI ports on Dell console switches. To connect to other types or
brands of switches, including Avocent switches, you must connect to the switch’s PS2 and video ports using the
proprietary dongle provided with that switch.
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Figure 1-8 shows the external features on the Avocent Analog KVM switch module.
Figure 1-8. Avocent Analog KVM Switch Module
1
2
3
4
1
ACI port
2
4
power indicator
custom connector for custom
cable (PS/2 [2] and video)
3
identification indicator
The Avocent Analog KVM switch module also includes an identification indicator (see Figure 1-8).
Table 1-7 describes the indicators and features on this switch module.
Table 1-7. Avocent Analog KVM Switch Module Indicators and Features
Feature
Activity Indicator
Indicator Code
Identification
indicator
Off
Chassis is not being identified.
Amber blinking
Chassis is being identified.
Power indicator
Off
KVM switch does not have power.
Green
KVM switch has power.
Custom
connector
None
Allows two PS/2 and one video device to be connected to the
system.
ACI port
None
Allows connection of one or more servers to a Dell console
switch with an Analog Rack Interface (ARI) port, such as a
digital or analog console switch.
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Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch Module
The optional Avocent Digital Access KVM switch module allows you to configure and manage the server
modules through a single keyboard, monitor and mouse. You select server modules using the On-Screen
Configuration and Reporting (OSCAR) graphical user interface (GUI).
The Avocent Digital Access KVM switch module includes the following features:
•
Analog KVM switching
This switch can be used as an Analog switch, allowing local KVM switching through direct connection
of a keyboard, monitor and mouse; or tiered into external analog KVM switches. This switch uses the
same OSCAR interface as the Avocent Analog KVM switch to switch between server modules.
The Digital Access KVM switch provides a custom connector which brings out PS2/video ports. These
ports can be directly connected to a keyboard, monitor, and mouse, or tiered into an external analog
KVM switch with KVM ports. If you are connecting the Digital Access KVM switch to an external
KVM switch using Cat5 connectors/ACI ports, that switch’s dongle (PS2/video to Cat5) is required.
NOTE: The Avocent Digital Access KVM module differs from the Avocent Analog KVM module in that the
Digital Access KVM switch module does not have an ACI port; it has an Ethernet network interface.
•
Remote control of Virtual Media and virtual KVM
After connecting to your network using the switch’s Ethernet connection, use the system’s DRAC/MC
GUI to select Media and/or console and which server module to connect to.
NOTE: You must connect the switch’s Ethernet port into the same network as the DRAC/MC port.
You can then use the switch’s Virtual Media and virtual KVM features:
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Virtual Media – Using this feature, you can remotely map local drives on a management
workstation to the server module, or boot a server module to a remote diskette, optical drive, or
USB key. For example, you can remotely perform operating system installation, operating system
recovery, BIOS updates, and other functions.
–
Virtual KVM – You can remotely control the server modules from any location, using the digital
KVM and an OS-independent graphical console.
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Figure 1-9 shows the external features of the Avocent Digital Access KVM switch module.
Figure 1-9. Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch Module
1
2
1
RJ-45 connector (Ethernet
interface)
2
custom connector (for custom
KVM cable - PS/2 [2] and
video)
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DRAC/MC Module
The DRAC/MC provides serial and Ethernet management ports, a status indicator when redundant
DRAC/MCs are installed (when available), and status indicators for the DRAC/MC and for the link to
the system's onboard network interface controller (see Figure 1-10). See the documentation for the
DRAC/MC module for specific information on serial port redirection of server modules and switches.
Table 1-8 provides information about the status indicators.
Figure 1-10.
DRAC/MC Module Features
2
1
3
6
4
5
1
link indicator
2
activity indicator
3
primary/secondary indicator
4
fault indicator
5
network interface controller
6
serial connector
Table 1-8. DRAC/MC Module Indicators
Indicator Type
Icon
Network interface
controller link
indicator
Network interface
controller activity
indicator
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Activity
Indicator
Indicator Code
Off
LAN is not linked.
Green
LAN is linked.
Off
LAN is not active.
Amber blinking
Indicates that the system DRAC/MC and the LAN are
communicating.
Table 1-8. DRAC/MC Module Indicators (continued)
Indicator Type
Icon
Primary/secondary
indicator
Fault indicator
Serial connector
Activity
Indicator
Indicator Code
Off
The DRAC/MC is a backup for the master DRAC/MC.
NOTE: For information on availability of dual (redundant)
configurations for the DRAC/MC, see www.dell.com.
Green
The DRAC/MC is active for system management.
Green blinking
The DRAC/MC is in special or manufacturing mode.
Off
The DRAC/MC is operating normally.
Amber
In a single (nonredundant) configuration, this DRAC/MC failed.
See "DRAC/MC Module" on page 61.
Amber blinking
In a dual (redundant) configuration (when available), this
DRAC/MC failed. See "DRAC/MC Module" on page 61.
None
Used for a serial connection with a null modem cable.
Important I/O Configuration Considerations
Insure that you read the DRAC/MC module’s readme.txt file. It contains updated information, including
system indicator behavior in certain conditions.
CAUTION: Data loss can result if you perform certain actions on a system in which the I/O bays have not been
configured correctly. Specifically, bay 2 should have an I/O module installed only if a module of the same fabric
type is present in bay 1, and bay 4 should have an I/O module installed only if a module of the same fabric type is
present in bay 3. Except in these cases (or in a case where you temporarily need to swap a failed I/O module in
bay 1 or 3), bays 2 and 4 should be unoccupied.
Unless your system is configured according to these guidelines, do not perform any of the following actions:
•
Upgrade DRAC/MC firmware
•
Issue a software reset command for a DRAC/MC, such as racadm racreset
•
Reseat a DRAC/MC module
•
Cause a DRAC/MC failover event, such as removing the network cable from the primary DRAC/MC, or rebooting
a switch that the DRAC/MC cable is connected to
Performing any of these actions will power off and stop traffic on the bay 2 or bay 4 I/O module, resulting in data loss.
When initiated, the DRAC/MC firmware algorithm must find a module in bay 1 before bay 2 and a
module in bay 3 before bay 4. Otherwise, the module in bay 2 or bay 4 will be powered off if you perform
a firmware upgrade procedure on the DRAC/MC, cause a DRAC/MC failover, or reset the DRAC/MC.
See the current Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis User's Guide at support.dell.com for
more information about configuring your DRAC/MC system.
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DRAC/MC Firmware Requirements
The minimum DRAC/MC firmware requirement for your system is version 1.3 or later. If you are adding
a second DRAC/MC module with version 1.0 to support redundancy, you must upgrade the module’s
firmware to version 1.1, then upgrade the firmware to version 1.3 (or later).
NOTE: A DRAC/MC module’s firmware version is displayed on its web-based GUI or by typing the command
getsysinfo or racadm getsysinfo.
See the latest Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis User's Guide at support.dell.com for more
information about firmware updates and installing redundant DRAC/MC modules. This guide also
provides complete instructions on how to set up and operate that version of the module.
I/O Connectivity
The system offers several options for connectivity through a combination of embedded Ethernet
controllers, optional I/O daughter cards on the server module, and chassis I/O modules in the rear of the
chassis. An I/O module's green system/diagnostic indicator is off when the module is properly operating
or is off and blinks when the module is not properly operating.
Guidelines for Installing Connectivity Modules
The following guidelines must be used when populating I/O modules. See Figure 1-5 for I/O bay
locations.
•
Insert a connectivity module into I/O bay 1 before installing a connectivity module into I/O bay 2.
Ensure that the connectivity modules installed in I/O bays 1 and 2 are of the same fabric type.
•
Insert a connectivity module into I/O bay 3 before installing a connectivity module into I/O bay 4.
Ensure that the connectivity modules installed in I/O bays 3 and 4 are of the same fabric type.
•
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I/O bay 3 connects to port 1 on the daughter card (optional) installed in the server module.
–
This bay must be populated if there is a daughter card installed in the server module.
–
The type of I/O module installed in this bay must match the type of daughter card installed in the
server module. For example, a Fibre Channel I/O module requires that a Fibre Channel daughter
card be installed in the server module.
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Table 1-9 lists the valid I/O module configurations. See Figure 1-5 for I/O bay locations.
Table 1-9.
Valid I/O Module Configurations
Network Controller
Bay IO/1
Bay IO/2
Bay IO/3
Bay IO/4
Server Module
Embedded NIC 1
Ethernet switch
module or passthrough module
N/A
N/A
N/A
Server Module
Embedded NIC 2
N/A
Ethernet switch
module or passthrough module
N/A
N/A
Fibre Channel
Daughter Card Port 1
N/A
N/A
Fibre channel
switch or passthrough module
N/A
Fibre Channel
Daughter Card Port 2
N/A
N/A
N/A
Fibre channel
switch or passthrough module
Gb Ethernet Daughter N/A
Card Port 1
N/A
Ethernet switch
module or passthrough module
Gb Ethernet Daughter N/A
Card Port 2
N/A
Infiniband Daughter
Card
N/A
N/A
Ethernet switch
module or passthrough module
Infiniband module Infiniband module
(either or both
(either or both
bays)
bays)
PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet Switch Module
The PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet switch module is a 16-port switch with 6 uplinks and 10 downlinks
(see Figure 1-11). The uplinks connect to the external Ethernet network and operate at 1/2/4 Gb. The
downlinks connect to the embedded Ethernet controller on the server module and operate at 1 Gb only.
The PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet switch module is hot-pluggable. To provide connectivity into
separate Ethernet networks, two switch modules can be installed in bays I/O 1 and I/O 2 (see Figure 1-5).
I/O bays 3 and 4 require that you install a Gb Ethernet daughter card in the server module. If redundancy
is not required, the switch module must be installed in I/O 1 bay. The switch module has an internal
serial port that communicates with the DRAC/MC module. Table 1-10 lists the indicators on each switch
module. For additional information about the PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet switch module, see the
documentation that shipped with the module.
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Figure 1-11.
PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet Switch Module Indicators and Features
2
1
3
11 12 13 14 15 16
1
speed/link activity indicator
2
duplex mode indicator
3
system/diagnostic indicator
Table 1-10. PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet Switch Module Indicators
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Indicator Type
Activity
Indicator
Indicator Code
Speed/link activity
indicator (bicolor)
Off
Not connected.
Green
The port is connected to a valid link partner on the network.
Green blinking
Network data is being sent or received at 1 Gb.
Amber
The port is connected to a valid link partner on the network.
Amber blinking
Network data is being sent or received at 10 Mb or 100 Mb.
Duplex mode
indicator
Green
The port is operating at full duplex mode.
Off
The port is operating at half duplex mode.
System/diagnostic
indicator
Green blinking
Module is being powered down by the DRAC/MC controller
due to an I/O module mismatch. See "Guidelines for Installing
Connectivity Modules" on page 28.
Off
Module is operating normally.
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Fibre Channel Pass-Through Module
The Fibre Channel pass-through module provides a bypass connection between the Fibre Channel
daughter card in the server module and optical transceivers for direct connection into a Fibre Channel
switch or a storage array. (see Figure 1-12). The Fibre Channel pass-through modules are hot-pluggable.
The Fibre Channel pass-through module in I/O bay 3 connects to port 1 on the optional Fibre Channel
daughter card installed in a server module. The Fibre Channel pass-through module in I/O bay 4
connects to port 2 on the optional Fibre Channel daughter card installed in a server module. To provide
redundancy, both I/O bay 3 and I/O bay 4 must have Fibre Channel pass-through modules installed.
Table 1-11 lists the functionality of the Fibre Channel pass-through module indicators. For additional
information on installing this module, see "Chassis I/O Module" on page 70.
NOTE: The Fibre Channel pass-through module includes Short Wave Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) optical
transceivers. To ensure proper functionality, use only the SFPs provided with this module.
Figure 1-12.
Fibre Channel Pass-through Module Indicators and Features
1
2
3
9
7
10
1
SFP Fibre Channel connector
2
green indicator
5
8
3
6
3
1
4
2
amber indicator
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Table 1-11. Fibre Channel Pass-Through Module Indicators
Indicator Type
Activity
Indicator
Indicator Code
Fibre Channel
indicator
(green/amber)
Off
Power is off to the system.
Green/amber
System has power.
Green/off
Fibre Channel connection is online.
Off/amber
The port is connected to a valid link partner on the network.
Off/flashing (twice
per second)
Connection has lost synchronization.
Fibre Channel Switch Module
You can install one or two hot-pluggable Fibre Channel switch modules in I/O bay 3 and I/O bay 4,
beginning with I/O bay 3. You must also install a Fibre Channel HBA daughter card in the server module.
The Fibre Channel switch module includes four external autosensing Fibre Channel ports numbered 10
through 13, 10 internal ports, and one Ethernet port with an RJ-45 connector. All the external ports operate
at 1 Gb/sec, 2 Gb/sec, or 4 Gb/sec.
See the documentation for your particular Fibre Channel switch module for the functionality and
location of the switch module indicators. For general information on installing this module, see "Chassis
I/O Module" on page 70.
NOTE: The Fibre Channel switch module includes Short Wave Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) optical
transceivers. To ensure proper functionality, use only SFPs provided with this module.
Infiniband Pass-through Module
The Infiniband pass-through module provides a bypass connection between an optional Infiniband Host
Channel Adapter (HCA) daughter card in the server module and 4x Infiniband Transceivers for direct
connection to an Infiniband switch. The Infiniband pass-through modules are hot-pluggable. To provide
redundancy, both I/O bay 3 and I/O bay 4 must have Infiniband pass-through modules installed. In this
configuration, the module in I/O bay 3 connects to port 1 on the Infiniband HCA daughter card; the
Infiniband pass-through module in I/O bay 4 connects to port 2 on the Infiniband HCA daughter card.
NOTE: The Infiniband pass-through module uses small form factor 4x Infiniband connectors. To ensure proper
functionality, use only cables provided with the module.
NOTE: If you require service, technical support, or parts replacement for your Topspin Infiniband product, contact
Topspin Support Services directly at 1-800-499-1473 or through www.topspin.com.
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Gb Ethernet Pass-through Module
The Gb Ethernet pass-through module has 10 RJ45 ports. When installed in I/O 1 bay or I/O 2 bay, the
Gb Ethernet pass-through module provides a connection between the server module and an external Gb
Ethernet device. When installed in the I/O 3 bay or I/O 4 bay, the Gb Ethernet pass-through module
provides a connection between the optional internal Gb Ethernet daughter card in the server module,
providing a direct connection into an external Gb Ethernet device (see Figure 1-13). The Gb Ethernet
pass-through modules are hot-pluggable. The Gb Ethernet pass-through module in I/O bay 3 connects to
the optional Gb Ethernet daughter card installed in a server module. The Gb Ethernet pass-through
module in I/O bay 4 connects to port 2 on the optional Gb Ethernet daughter card installed in a server
module. Table 1-12 lists the functionality of the Gb Ethernet pass-through module indicators. For
additional information on installing this module, see "Chassis I/O Module" on page 70.
NOTE: Only connect the Gb Ethernet module to 1000-Mb external switch ports. Do not use this module with 10-Mb
or 100-Mb external switch ports.
Figure 1-13.
Gb Pass-through Module Indicators and Features
2
1
3
5
4
1
activity indicator
2
link indicator
4
link indicator
5
activity indicator
9
7 5 3 1
10
8 6 4 2
3
status indicator
NOTE: Connectors on the Gb pass-through module correspond directly to the server module number. For example,
server module 5 is connected to port 5 on the Gb pass-through module.
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Table 1-12. Gb Pass-through Module Indicators
Indicator Type
Activity
Indicator
Link
Green/amber
indicator/activity blinking
indicator
Green/off
Indicator Code
The Gb Ethernet connector is linked to the server module
and there is network activity
The Gb Ethernet connector is linked to the server module
and there is no network activity.
Off/amber blinking The Gb Ethernet connector is not linked to the server
module and there is network activity.
Status indicator
Off/off
The Gb Ethernet connector is not linked to the server
module and there is no network activity.
Green
Module is operating correctly.
Green blinking
Module is being powered down by the DRAC/MC controller
due to an I/O module mismatch. See "Guidelines for
Installing Connectivity Modules" on page 28.
Server Module Messages
System messages appear on the screen to notify you of a possible problem with the system. Table 1-13
lists the system messages that can occur and the probable cause and corrective action for each message.
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
NOTE: If you receive a system message that is not listed in Table 1-13, check the documentation for the application
that is running when the message appears or the operating system's documentation for an explanation of the
message and recommended action.
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Table 1-13.
Server Module Messages
Message
Causes
Ensure that the memory modules are
installed in matched pairs. See "General
Memory Module Installation
Guidelines" on page 78.
Alert: DIMM_n and DIMM_n
must be populated with a
matched set of DIMMs if
more than 1 DIMM is
present. The following
memory DIMMs have been
disabled:
Alert! Redundant memory
disabled!. Memory
configuration does not
support redundant memory
Corrective Actions
The installed memory configuration Install a memory configuration that
does not support redundant memory. supports redundant memory. See
"General Memory Module Installation
Guidelines" on page 78.
Disable the Redundant Memory option
in the System Setup program. See
"Using the System Setup Program" on
page 43.
Alert! Unsupported memory, The installed memory configuration is
incomplete sets, or
invalid.
unmatched sets. The
following memory DIMMs
have been disabled:
Add, move, or remove memory modules
to achieve a configuration supported by
the system. See "General Memory
Module Installation Guidelines" on
page 78.
Caution! NVRAM_CLR jumper
is installed on system
board.
NVRAM_CLR switch is set to "on."
Set the NVRAM_CLR switch to "off."
See Figure 6-2 for the jumper location.
CPUs with different cache
sizes detected.
Mismatched processors are installed.
Install a correct version of the
microprocessor so that both
microprocessors have the same cache
size. See "Processors" on page 84.
Decreasing available
memory
Faulty or improperly installed memory Ensure that all memory modules are
modules.
properly installed. See "Troubleshooting
Server Module Memory" on page 112.
DIMMs should be installed
in pairs. Pairs must be
matched in size, speed,
and technology.
Mismatched or unmatched DIMMs
installed; faulty or improperly
installed memory modules. The
system will operate in a degraded
mode with reduced ECC protection.
Only memory installed in channel 0
will be accessible.
Ensure that all pairs of memory modules
are of the same type and size and that
they are properly installed. See "General
Memory Module Installation
Guidelines" on page 78. If the problem
persists, see "Troubleshooting Server
Module Memory" on page 112.
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Table 1-13. Server Module Messages (continued)
Message
Causes
DIMMs must be populated in
sequential order beginning
with slot 1. The following
DIMM is electrically
isolated: DIMM x.
The specified DIMM is inaccessible to Populate two, four, or eight DIMMs
the system due to its location.
sequentially beginning with slot 1.
DIMMs must be populated in
sequential order, beginning with
slot 1.
DIMM pairs must be matched Mismatched or unmatched DIMMs
installed; faulty or improperly seated
in size, speed, and
technology. The following memory modules.
DIMM pair is mismatched:
DIMM x and DIMM y.
Diskette drive n seek
failure
Incorrect configuration settings in
System Setup program.
Corrective Actions
Ensure that all pairs of memory modules
are of the same type and size, and that
they are properly installed. See "General
Memory Module Installation
Guidelines" on page 78. See
"Troubleshooting Server Module
Memory" on page 112.
Run the System Setup program to
correct the settings. See "Using the
System Setup Program" on page 43.
Faulty or improperly connected
Replace the diskette. Ensure that the
diskette or optical drive to the custom diskette drive and optical drive cables are
cable.
properly connected. See
"Troubleshooting USB Devices" on
page 105.
Diskette read failure
Faulty or improperly inserted diskette. Replace the diskette.
Diskette subsystem reset
failed
Faulty diskette drive or optical drive
controller.
Ensure that the diskette drive and
optical drive cables are properly
connected to the custom cable. See
"Troubleshooting USB Devices" on
page 105. If the problem persists, see
"Getting Help" on page 127.
Drive not ready
Diskette missing or improperly
inserted in diskette drive.
Reinsert or replace the diskette.
Error: Incorrect memory
configuration. DIMMs must
be installed in pairs of
matched memory size,
speed, and technology.
Mismatched or unmatched DIMMs
installed; faulty or improperly seated
memory modules.
Ensure that all pairs of memory modules
are of the same type and size, and that
they are properly installed. See "General
Memory Module Installation
Guidelines" on page 78. If the problem
persists, see "Troubleshooting Server
Module Memory" on page 112.
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Table 1-13.
Server Module Messages (continued)
Message
Causes
Corrective Actions
Error: Memory failure
detected. Memory size
reduced. Replace the
faulty DIMM as soon as
possible.
Faulty or improperly seated memory
modules.
See "Troubleshooting Server Module
Memory" on page 112.
Error: Remote Access
Controller initialization
failure.
Faulty or improperly installed
DRAC/MC module.
Reinstall the DRAC/MC module. See
"DRAC/MC Module" on page 26.
FBD training error: The
following branch has been
disabled: Branch x.
The specified branch (channel pair)
contains DIMMs that are
incompatible with each other.
Ensure that only Dell qualified memory
is used. Dell recommends purchasing
memory upgrade kits directly from
http://www.dell.com or your Dell sales
agent to ensure compatibility.
Gate A20 failure
Faulty keyboard controller (faulty
server module board).
See "Getting Help" on page 127.
General failure
Operating system corrupted or
improperly installed.
Reinstall the operating system.
Keyboard controller
failure
Faulty keyboard controller (faulty
server module board).
See "Getting Help" on page 127.
If the problem persists, replace the
DRAC/MC module.
Keyboard data line failure Loose or improperly connected
keyboard cable; faulty keyboard to the
Keyboard failure
custom cable; faulty keyboard
Keyboard stuck key failure controller.
Manufacturing mode
detected
System is incorrectly configured.
Ensure that the keyboard is properly
connected. If the problem persists,
replace the keyboard.
If the message still appears, the keyboard
controller is faulty. See "Getting Help"
on page 127.
Set the NVRAM_CLR switch to "on"
and reboot the server module. See
Figure 6-2 for switch location.
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Table 1-13. Server Module Messages (continued)
Message
Causes
Memory address line
failure at address, read
value expecting value
Faulty or improperly installed memory Ensure that all memory modules are
modules, or faulty server module
properly installed. See "Troubleshooting
board.
Server Module Memory" on page 112. If
the problem persists, see "Getting Help"
on page 127.
Memory double word logic
failure at address, read
value expecting value
Corrective Actions
Memory odd/even logic
failure at start address
to end address
Memory write/read failure
at address, read value
expecting value
Memory mirroring enabled
Memory mirroring enabled
Information only.
Memory tests terminated by The spacebar was pressed during
Information only.
keystroke
POST to terminate the memory test.
No boot device available
Faulty or missing diskette drive,
optical drive, or hard drive.
Check the Integrated Devices
configuration settings in the System
Setup program and ensure that the
controller for the boot device is enabled.
See "Using the System Setup Program"
on page 43. Ensure that the controller
for the boot device is enabled.
If the problem persists, replace the drive.
See "Hard Drives" on page 89.
No boot sector on
hard-disk drive
An operating system is not on the
hard drive.
Check the hard-drive configuration
settings in the System Setup program.
See "Using the System Setup Program"
on page 43.
No timer tick interrupt
Faulty server module board.
See "Getting Help" on page 127.
Not a boot diskette
Not a bootable diskette.
Use a bootable diskette.
PCI BIOS failed to install Faulty or improperly installed.
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Reseat the daughter card. See "I/O
Module Daughter Card" on page 82. If
the problem persists, see "Getting Help"
on page 127.
Table 1-13.
Server Module Messages (continued)
Message
Causes
Corrective Actions
Plug & Play Configuration
Error
Error encountered in initializing PCI
device; faulty server module board.
Set the NVRAM_CLR switch to "on"
and reboot the server module. See
Figure 6-2 for switch location.
Check for a BIOS update. If the problem
persists, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Read fault
Faulty diskette, diskette drive, optical Replace the diskette. Ensure that the
drive, or hard drive.
custom cable is properly connected. See
"Troubleshooting USB Devices" on
page 105 or "Troubleshooting Hard
Drives" on page 113. for the appropriate
drive(s) installed in your system.
Remote Configuration
update attempt failed
Server module could not implement
Remote Configuration request.
Retry Remote Configuration.
Sector not found
Faulty diskette or hard drive.
Replace the diskette. If the problem
persists, see "Troubleshooting Hard
Drives" on page 113 for the appropriate
drive installed in your system.
Shutdown failure
Shutdown test failure.
Ensure that all memory modules are
properly installed. See "Troubleshooting
Server Module Memory" on page 112. If
the problem persists, see "Getting Help"
on page 127.
Spare bank enabled
Memory sparing enabled.
Information only.
The amount of system
memory has changed.
Faulty memory module.
See "Troubleshooting Server Module
Memory" on page 112. If the problem
persists, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Seek error
Seek operation failed
Information only, if you have changed
the memory configuration.
Time-of-day clock stopped
Faulty battery; faulty server module
board.
See "Troubleshooting Server Module
Memory" on page 112. If the problem
persists, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Time-of-day not set please run SETUP program
Incorrect Time or Date settings; faulty Check the Time and Date settings. See
server module board battery.
"Using the System Setup Program" on
page 43. If the problem persists, see
"Troubleshooting the Server Module
Battery" on page 115.
Timer chip counter 2
failed
Faulty server module board.
See "Getting Help" on page 127.
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Table 1-13. Server Module Messages (continued)
Message
Causes
Corrective Actions
Unsupported CPU
combination
Mismatched processors are installed.
Replace a microprocessor so that both
microprocessors match. See "Processors"
on page 84.
Processor is not supported by the
server module.
Check for a BIOS update using the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com.
Unsupported CPU stepping
detected
Processor is not supported by the
server module.
Check for a BIOS update using the Dell
Support website at support.dell.com. If
the problem persists, install a supported
processor. See "Processors" on page 84.
Warning! No microcode
update loaded for
processor n
Unsupported processor.
Update the BIOS firmware using the
Dell Support website at
support.dell.com.
Warning: The current
There is no memory configuration
See "General Memory Module
memory configuration is
error, but the memory configuration is Installation Guidelines" on page 78.
not validated. Change it
not recommended by Dell.
to the recommended memory
configuration or press any
key to continue.
Write fault
Write fault on selected
drive
Faulty diskette, diskette drive, optical Replace the diskette. Ensure that the
drive, hard drive.
custom cable is properly connected. See
"Troubleshooting USB Devices" on
page 105 or "Troubleshooting Hard
Drives" on page 113 for the appropriate
drive(s) installed in your system.
Warning Messages
A warning message alerts you to a possible problem and prompts you to respond before the system
continues a task. For example, before you format a diskette, a message will warn you that you may lose all
data on the diskette. Warning messages usually interrupt the task and require you to respond by typing y
(yes) or n (no).
NOTE: Warning messages are generated by either the application or the operating system. For more information,
see the documentation that accompanied the operating system or application.
Diagnostics Messages
When you run system diagnostics, an error message may result. Diagnostic error messages are not
covered in this section. Record the message on a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist in "Getting Help,"
then follow the instructions in that section for obtaining technical assistance.
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Alert Messages
Systems management software generates alert messages for your system. Alert messages include
information, status, warning, and failure messages for drive, temperature, fan, and power conditions. For
more information, see the systems management software documentation.
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Using the System Setup Program
After you set up your system, run the System Setup program to familiarize yourself with your system
configuration and optional settings. Record the information for future reference.
You can use the System Setup program to:
•
Change the system configuration stored in NVRAM after you add, change, or remove hardware
•
Set or change user-selectable options—for example, the time or date
•
Enable or disable integrated devices
•
Correct discrepancies between the installed hardware and configuration settings
NOTE: When a server module is inserted into a chassis, the server module functions as a system. Each server
module has a System Setup program to allow configuration of the server module and features such as
password protection.
Entering the System Setup Program
1 Turn on or restart your system.
2 Press <F2> immediately after you see the following message:
<F2> = Setup
If your operating system begins to load before you press <F2>, allow the system to finish booting,
and then restart your system and try again.
NOTE: To ensure an orderly system shutdown, see the documentation that accompanied your operating
system.
Responding to Error Messages
You can enter the System Setup program by responding to certain error messages. If an error message
appears while the system is booting, make a note of the message. Before entering the System Setup
program, "Server Module Messages" on page 34 and "Warning Messages" on page 40 for an
explanation of the message and suggestions for correcting errors.
NOTE: After installing a memory upgrade, it is normal for your system to send a message the first time you
start your system.
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Using the System Setup Program
Table 2-1 lists the keys that you use to view or change information on the System Setup program screens
and to exit the program.
Table 2-1.
System Setup Program Navigation Keys
Keys
Action
Up arrow or <Shift><Tab>
Moves to the previous field.
Down arrow or <Tab>
Moves to the next field.
Spacebar, <+>, <–>, left and
right arrows
Cycles through the settings in a field. In some fields,
you can also type the appropriate value.
<Esc>
Exits the System Setup program and restarts the
system if any changes were made.
<F1>
Displays the System Setup program's help file.
NOTE: For most of the options, any changes that you make are recorded but do not take effect until you restart the
system.
System Setup Options
Main Screen
When you enter the System Setup program, the main System Setup program screen appears (see
Figure 2-1).
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Figure 2-1. Main System Setup Program Screen
Table 2-2 lists the options and descriptions for the information fields that appear on the main System
Setup program screen.
NOTE: The options for the System Setup program change based on the system configuration.
NOTE: The System Setup program defaults are listed under their respective options, where applicable.
Table 2-2.
System Setup Program Options
Option
Description
Asset Tag
Displays the customer-programmable asset tag number for the system if
an asset tag number has been assigned. To enter an asset tag number of
up to 10 characters into NVRAM, see "Acquiring the asset.com Utility"
on page 54.
System Time
Resets the time on the system's internal clock.
System Date
Resets the date on the system's internal calendar.
Memory Information
See "Memory Information Screen" on page 47.
CPU Information
See "CPU Information Screen" on page 47.
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Table 2-2.
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System Setup Program Options (continued)
Option
Description
Boot Sequence
Determines the order in which the system searches for boot devices
during system startup. Available options can include the USB diskette
drive, USB CD drive, hard drives, and USB flash drive.
NOTE: A USB device will be displayed in the boot order screen only if it is
attached to the system before the system enters BIOS.
Hard-Disk Drive
Sequence
Determines the order in which the system searches the hard drives during
system startup. The selections depend on the hard drives installed in your
system.
USB Flash Drive
Emulation Type
(Auto default)
Determines the emulation type for a USB flash drive. Hard disk allows
the USB flash drive to act as a hard drive. Floppy allows the USB flash
drive to act as a removable diskette drive. Auto automatically chooses an
emulation type.
Integrated Devices
See "Integrated Devices Screen" on page 48.
PCI IRQ Assignment
Displays a screen to change the IRQ assigned to each of the integrated
devices on the PCI bus, and any installed expansion cards that require an
IRQ.
Serial Communication
See "Serial Communication Screen" on page 49.
System Security
Displays a screen to configure the system password and setup password
features. See "Using the System Password" on page 51 and "Using the
Setup Password" on page 53 for more information.
Keyboard NumLock
(On default)
Determines whether your system starts up with the NumLock mode
activated on 101- or 102-key keyboards (does not apply to 84-key
keyboards).
Report Keyboard Errors
(Report default)
Enables or disables reporting of keyboard errors during the POST. Select
Report for host systems that have keyboards attached. Select Do Not
Report to suppress all error messages relating to the keyboard or keyboard
controller during POST. This setting does not affect the operation of the
keyboard itself if a keyboard is attached to the system.
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Memory Information Screen
Table 2-3 lists the options and descriptions for the information fields that appear on the Memory
Information screen.
Table 2-3. Memory Information Screen
Option
Description
System Memory Size
Displays the amount of main memory. (If memory mirroring or
spare memory is enabled, this value will be less than the amount of
physical memory installed in the server module.) This field does
not have user-selectable settings.
System Memory Type
Displays the type of system memory. This field does not have userselectable settings.
System Memory Speed
Displays the system memory clock frequency. This field does not
have user-selectable settings.
Video Memory
Displays the amount of video memory. This field does not have
user-selectable settings.
System Memory Testing
(Enabled default)
Determines if memory is being tested during POST. Setting this
value to Enabled will affect the duration of system POST.
Redundant Memory
If a valid memory configuration is installed, you can enable memory
mirroring or spare memory. Options are Mirror Mode, Spare Mode,
and Disabled. See "Memory" on page 77.
CPU Information Screen
Table 2-4 lists the options and descriptions for the information fields that appear on the CPU
Information screen.
Table 2-4.
CPU Information Screen
Option
Description
64-bit
Displays the processor register width.
Core Speed
Displays the core speed of the processors.
Bus Speed
Displays the bus speed of the processors.
Logical Processor
(Enabled default)
Displays when the processors support HyperThreading. Enabled
permits all logical processors to be used by the operating system.
Only the first logical processor of each processor installed in the
system is used by the operating system if Disabled is selected.
Virtualization Technology
(Enabled default)
Enables or disables features associated with the processor’s
Virtualization Technology.
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Table 2-4.
CPU Information Screen (continued)
Option
Description
Adjacent Cache Line
Prefetch
(Enabled default)
Enables or disables optimal use of sequential memory access.
Enabled optimizes the system for applications that require
sequential memory access. Disabled is used for applications with
random memory access.
Hardware Prefetcher
(Enabled default)
Enables or disables the hardware prefetcher.
Demand-Based Power
Management
(Disabled default)
Enables the operating system to regulate processor power usage
based on load.
Processor X ID
Displays the family and model number of each processor. A
submenu displays the core speed, the amount of cache memory,
and the number of cores of the processor(s)
Integrated Devices Screen
Table 2-5 lists the options and descriptions for the information fields that appear on the Integrated
Devices screen.
Table 2-5.
Integrated Devices Screen Options
Option
Description
Embedded SAS Controller Enables the integrated SAS controller.
(Enabled default)
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User Accessible USB Ports
(All Ports On default)
Enables or disables the system's USB ports. Options are All Ports
On or All Ports Off. Disabling the USB ports makes system
resources available for other devices.
Embedded Gb NIC1
(Enabled without PXE
default)
Enables or disables the system's integrated NIC. Changes take
effect after the system reboots.
MAC Address
Displays the MAC address for NIC1. This field does not have userselectable settings.
TOE Capability
Displays status of the TCP/IP off-load engine (TOE) feature of
NIC1. See "Activating the Integrated NIC TOE" on page 84.
NOTE: To use the TOE feature in a NIC team, a dual-port TOE
hardware key is required.
Embedded Gb NIC2
(Enabled with PXE
default)
Enables or disables the system's integrated NIC. Changes take
effect after the system reboots.
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Table 2-5.
Integrated Devices Screen Options (continued)
Option
Description
MAC Address
Displays the MAC address for NIC2. This field does not have userselectable settings.
TOE Capability
Displays status of the TCP/IP off-load engine (TOE) feature of
NIC2. See "Activating the Integrated NIC TOE" on page 84.
NOTE: To use the TOE feature in a NIC team, a dual-port TOE
hardware key is required.
Serial Communication Screen
Table 2-6 lists the options and descriptions for the information fields that appear on the Serial
Communication screen.
Table 2-6. Serial Communication Screen Options
Option
Description
Serial Communication
(Off default)
Options are On with Console Redirection via COM2, and Off.
Failsafe Baud Rate
(115200 default)
Displays the failsafe baud rate used for console redirection when
the baud rate cannot be negotiated automatically with the remote
terminal. This rate should not be adjusted.
Remote Terminal Type
(VT 100/VT 220 default)
Select either VT 100/VT 220 or ANSI.
Redirection After Boot
(Enabled default)
Enables or disables BIOS console redirection after your system
boots to the operating system.
System Security Screen
Table 2-7 lists the options and descriptions for the information fields that appear on the System Security
screen.
Table 2-7.
System Security Screen Options
Option
Description
System Password
Displays the current status of your system’s password security
feature and allows you to assign and verify a new password.
NOTE: See "Using the System Password" on page 51 for instructions
on assigning a password and using or changing an existing server
module password.
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Table 2-7.
System Security Screen Options (continued)
Option
Description
Setup Password
Restricts access to the System Setup program in the same way that
you restrict access to your system using the System Password
feature.
NOTE: See "Using the System Password" on page 51 for instructions
on assigning a setup password and using or changing an existing
setup password.
Password Status
Setting the Setup Password option to Enabled prevents the system
password from being changed or disabled at start-up.
To lock the system password, assign a setup password in the Setup
Password option and then change the Password Status option to
Locked. In this state, you cannot change the system password
using the System Password option and the system password cannot
be disabled at start-up by pressing <Ctrl><Enter>.
To unlock the system password, enter the setup password in the
Setup Password field and then change the Password Status option
to Unlocked. In this state, you can disable the system password at
start-up by pressing <Ctrl><Enter> and then change the
password using the System Password option.
Power Button
Enables or disables the server module’s power button.
• If you turn off the server module using the power button and you
are using an ACPI-compliant operating system, the server module
can perform an orderly shutdown before power is turned off.
• If the server module is not running an ACPI-compliant operating
system, power is turned off immediately after the power button is
pressed.
The button is enabled in the System Setup program. When
disabled, the button can only turn on server module power.
AC Power Recovery
(Last default)
Determines how the server module reacts when power is restored.
If the option is set to Last, the server module returns to the last
power state. On turns on the server module after power is restored.
When set to Off, the server module remains off after power is
restored.
Exit Screen
After you press <Esc> to exit the System Setup program, the Exit screen displays the following options:
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•
Save Changes and Exit
•
Discard Changes and Exit
•
Return to Setup
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System and Setup Password Features
NOTICE: The password features provide a basic level of security for the data on your system. If your data requires
more security, use additional forms of protection, such as data encryption programs.
NOTICE: Anyone can access the data stored on your system if you leave the system running and unattended
without having a system password assigned or if you leave your system unlocked so that someone can disable the
password by changing a jumper setting.
Your system is shipped to you without the system password feature enabled. If system security is a
concern, operate your system only with system password protection.
To change or delete an existing password, you must know the password (see "Deleting or Changing an
Existing System Password" on page 53). If you forget your password, you cannot operate your system or
change settings in the System Setup program until a trained service technician changes the password
jumper setting to disable the passwords, and erases the existing passwords. See "Disabling a Forgotten
Password" on page 126.
Using the System Password
After a system password is assigned, only those who know the password have full use of the system.
When the System Password option is set to Enabled, the system prompts you for the system password
after the system starts.
Assigning a System Password
Before you assign a system password, enter the System Setup program and check the System Password
option.
When a system password is assigned, the setting shown for the System Password option is Enabled. If
the setting shown for the Password Status is Unlocked, you can change the system password. If the
Password Status option is Locked, you cannot change the system password. When the system password
feature is disabled by a jumper setting, the system password is Disabled, and you cannot change or enter
a new system password.
When a system password is not assigned and the password jumper on the system board is in the enabled
(default) position, the setting shown for the System Password option is Not Enabled and the Password
Status field is Unlocked. To assign a system password:
1 Verify that the Password Status option is set to Unlocked.
2 Highlight the System Password option and press <Enter>.
3 Type your new system password.
You can use up to 32 characters in your password.
As you press each character key (or the spacebar for a blank space), a placeholder appears in the field.
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The password assignment is not case-sensitive. However, certain key combinations are not valid. To
erase a character when entering your password, press <Backspace> or the left-arrow key.
NOTE: To escape from the field without assigning a system password, press <Enter> to move to another field,
or press <Esc> at any time prior to completing step 5.
4 Press <Enter>.
5 To confirm your password, type it a second time and press <Enter>.
The setting shown for the System Password changes to Enabled. Exit the System Setup program and
begin using your system.
6 Either reboot your system now for your password protection to take effect or continue working.
NOTE: Password protection does not take effect until you reboot the system.
Using Your System Password to Secure Your System
NOTE: If you have assigned a setup password (see "Using the Setup Password" on page 53), the system accepts
your setup password as an alternate system password.
When the Password Status option is set to Unlocked, you have the option to leave the password security
enabled or to disable the password security.
To leave the password security enabled:
1 Turn on or reboot your system by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><Del>.
2 Press <Enter>.
3 Type your password and press <Enter>.
To disable the password security:
1 Turn on or reboot your system by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><Del>.
2 Press <Ctrl><Enter>.
When the Password Status option is set to Locked whenever you turn on your system or reboot your
system by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><Del>, type your password and press <Enter> at the prompt.
After you type the correct system password and press <Enter>, your system operates as usual.
If an incorrect system password is entered, the system displays a message and prompts you to re-enter
your password. You have three attempts to enter the correct password. After the third unsuccessful
attempt, the system displays an error message showing the number of unsuccessful attempts and that
the system has halted and will shut down. This message can alert you to an unauthorized person
attempting to use your system.
Even after you shut down and restart the system, the error message continues to be displayed until the
correct password is entered.
NOTE: You can use the Password Status option in conjunction with the System Password and Setup Password
options to further protect your system from unauthorized changes.
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Deleting or Changing an Existing System Password
1 When prompted, press <Ctrl><Enter> to disable the existing system password.
If you are asked to enter your setup password, contact your network administrator.
2 Enter the System Setup program by pressing <F2> during POST.
3 Select the System Security screen field to verify that the Password Status option is set to Unlocked.
4 When prompted, type the system password.
5 Confirm that Not Enabled is displayed for the System Password option.
If Not Enabled is displayed for the System Password option, the system password has been deleted. If
Enabled is displayed for the System Password option, press the <Alt><b> key combination to restart
the system, and then repeat steps 2 through 5.
Using the Setup Password
Assigning a Setup Password
You can assign (or change) a setup password only when the Setup Password option is set to Not Enabled.
To assign a setup password, highlight the Setup Password option and press the <+> or <–> key. The
system prompts you to enter and verify the password.
NOTE: The setup password can be the same as the system password. If the two passwords are different, the
setup password can be used as an alternate system password. However, the system password cannot be used in
place of the setup password.
You can use up to 32 characters in your password.
As you press each character key (or the spacebar for a blank space), a placeholder appears in the field.
The password assignment is not case-sensitive. However, certain key combinations are not valid. To erase
a character when entering your password, press <Backspace> or the left-arrow key.
After you verify the password, the Setup Password setting changes to Enabled. The next time you enter
the System Setup program, the system prompts you for the setup password.
A change to the Setup Password option becomes effective immediately (restarting the system is not
required).
Operating With a Setup Password Enabled
If Setup Password is set to Enabled, you must enter the correct setup password before you can modify
most of the System Setup options. When you start the System Setup program, the program prompts you
to enter a password.
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If you do not enter the correct password in three attempts, the system lets you view, but not modify, the
System Setup screens—with the following exception: If System Password is not set to Enabled and is not
locked through the Password Status option, you can assign a system password (however, you cannot
disable or change an existing system password).
NOTE: You can use the Password Status option in conjunction with the Setup Password option to protect the
system password from unauthorized changes.
Deleting or Changing an Existing Setup Password
1 Enter the System Setup program and select the System Security option.
2 Highlight the Setup Password option, press <Enter> to access the setup password window, and press
<Enter> twice to clear the existing setup password.
The setting changes to Not Enabled.
3 If you want to assign a new setup password, perform the steps in "Assigning a Setup Password" on
page 53.
Disabling a Forgotten Password
See "Disabling a Forgotten Password" on page 126.
Acquiring the asset.com Utility
The asset.com utility is not located in the Service Mode section of the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant
CD. To acquire this utility, use the Server Assistant CD to create a bootable diskette; the utility is then
automatically created on that diskette. The asset.com utility will be available in the Service Mode section
in future releases of the Server Assistant CD.
Baseboard Management Controller Configuration
The Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) enables configuring, monitoring, and recovery of systems
remotely. BMC provides the following features:
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Uses the system’s integrated NIC
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Fault logging and SNMP alerting
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Access to system event log and sensor status
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Control of system functions including power on and off
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Support is independent of the system’s power or operating state
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Provides text console redirection for system setup, text-based utilities, and operating system consoles
NOTE: To remotely access the BMC through the integrated NIC, you must connect the network connection to
integrated NIC1.
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Using the System Setup Program
For additional information on using BMC, see the documentation for the BMC and systems management
applications.
Entering the BMC Setup Module
1 Turn on or restart your system.
2 Press <Ctrl-E> when prompted after POST.
If your operating system begins to load before you press <Crtl-E>, allow the system to finish
booting, and then restart your system and try again.
BMC Setup Module Options
For information about the BMC Setup Module options and how to configure the emergency management
port (EMP), see the BMC User’s Guide.
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The procedures in this section describe how to remove and install system components and server
module components, including:
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Power supply modules
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Fan Modules
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Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis (DRAC/MC) module
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KVM modules
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Network switch modules
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Server modules
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Server module components
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Memory modules
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Daughter cards
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TOE NIC
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Processors
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Server module battery
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Hard drives
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Back-panel module cage assembly (service-only procedure)
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Chassis control panel assembly (service-only procedure)
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Server module control panel assembly (service-only procedure)
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System board (service-only procedure)
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Power Supply Modules
Your system contains up to four hot-pluggable power supply modules that are accessible from the system
chassis back panel.
NOTE: Only 2100-W power supply modules are supported on your system. The 2100-W power supply modules
require 180–240 V input from a PDU capable of providing AC current up to 29.2 A at 180 V input. If the power supply
modules are plugged into 110-V electrical outlets, the system will not power up.
NOTE: In addition to supplying power to the system, the power supply modules also have internal fans that provide
thermal cooling for the server modules. A power supply module must be replaced if an internal fan failure occurs.
System Power Guidelines
The Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis (DRAC/MC) module controls the power
distribution to the chassis and the server modules. The DRAC/MC is programmed to allocate the
theoretical maximum power of a chassis with all back-panel modules installed and the theoretical
maximum power of a fully-loaded server module for power management and protection purposes. Actual
power usage depends on a system’s particular configuration; for example, the number of modules
installed in the chassis back panel; the number of processors, memory modules, and hard drives installed
in a server module; and the number of server modules installed in the chassis.
The number of installed power supply modules determine if your system is redundant. Your system has
one of the following configurations:
•
Two 2100-W power supply modules, which do not provide redundancy if one power supply module
fails
•
Four 2100-W power supply modules, which provide redundancy if one power supply module fails
NOTE: Depending on a non-redundant system’s particular configuration, it is possible for some of the server
modules to continue to operate even though a power supply module fails. If this occurs, and the server module that
you want to operate is off, then power down the operating server modules until the desired server module
powers up.
In addition, if you install a new server module and it does not power up, ensure that your system meets the normal
operating-power configurations listed above. Only those configurations support a fully-loaded system.
NOTE: The wattage of a power supply module is listed on its regulatory label.
Removing a Power Supply Module
NOTICE: The power supply modules are hot-pluggable. Remove and replace only one power supply module at a
time in a system that is turned on.
1 Disconnect the power cord from the power supply module.
2 Press down on the power supply module release tab. See Figure 3-1.
3 Rotate the power supply module handle down to eject the power supply module.
4 Slide the power supply module out of the chassis.
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Figure 3-1.
Removing and Installing a Power Supply Module
1
2
3
1
handle
2
release tab
3
power supply module
Installing a Power Supply Module
1 Ensure that the power-supply module handle is fully down and then slide the power
supply module into the chassis until it is fully seated. See Figure 3-1.
2 Rotate the power-supply module handle upward until its release tab snaps securely into
place.
3 Plug a power cable into the power supply module.
Fan Modules
Your system contains up to four system fans (two sets of redundant fans) contained in two
hot-pluggable fan modules. Each fan module has system fan indicators on its back panel
that identify the status of each of its system fans. See Figure 1-7.
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Removing a Fan
NOTICE: After a fan module is removed from the system, replace it immediately to ensure proper cooling.
1 Identify the failed system fan using the back-panel fan module indicators. See Figure 1-7.
Fan 1 is the fan closest to the chassis midplane; Fan 2 is the fan closest to the fan-module handle.
2 Remove the fan module:
a
Press down on the fan-module release tab. See Figure 3-2.
b
Rotate the fan-module handle down to eject the fan module.
c
Slide the fan module out of the chassis.
Figure 3-2. Removing and Installing a Fan Module
1
2
3
1
handle
2
release tab
3 Remove the failed fan:
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a
Pull up the fan-release tab. See Figure 3-3.
b
Lift up the fan lever.
c
Pull out the fan from the fan module.
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fan module
Figure 3-3. Removing and Installing a System Fan
1
3
2
4
5
1
fan module
2
fan 2
4
fan lever
5
fan-release tab
3
fan 1
Installing a Fan
1 Orient the replacement fan as shown in Figure 3-3.
2 Install the fan:
a
Slide the fan into the fan module.
b
Lower its fan lever.
c
Press the bottom of the lever until it snaps securely into place.
3 Slide the fan module into the chassis until it is fully seated. See Figure 3-2.
4 Rotate the fan-module handle upward until its release tab snaps securely into place.
DRAC/MC Module
Among other controlling features, the DRAC/MC controls power to the system. When a functional
DRAC/MC module is not installed, newly-installed server modules cannot be powered on and presently
installed servers modules cannot have their power cycled.
Removing a DRAC/MC Module
1 Disconnect any cables attached to the DRAC/MC module.
2 Press in the bottom of the release tab and pull out the release lever. See Figure 3-4.
3 Slide the DRAC/MC module out of the chassis.
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Installing a DRAC/MC Module
1 Ensure that the DRAC/MC module release lever is fully extended. See Figure 3-4.
2 Slide the module into the chassis until it is fully seated.
3 Close the release lever until it snaps securely into place.
4 Reconnect the cables that were attached to the module.
Figure 3-4.
Removing and Installing a DRAC/MC Module
1
2
1
release tab
2
release lever
3
3
DRAC/MC module
Important I/O Configuration Considerations
Ensure that you read the DRAC/MC’s readme.txt file. It contains updated information,
including system indicator behavior in certain conditions.
CAUTION: Data loss can result if you perform certain actions on a system in which the I/O bays have
not been configured correctly. Specifically, bay 2 should have an I/O module installed only if a module
of the same fabric type is present in bay 1, and bay 4 should have an I/O module installed only if a
module of the same fabric type is present in bay 3. Except in these cases (or in a case where you
temporarily need to swap a failed I/O module in bay 1 or 3), bays 2 and 4 should be unoccupied.
Unless your system is configured according to these guidelines, do not perform any of the following
actions:
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Upgrade DRAC/MC firmware
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Issue a software reset command for a DRAC/MC, such as racadm racreset
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Reseat a DRAC/MC module
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Cause a DRAC/MC failover event, such as removing the network cable from the primary DRAC/MC
Performing any of these actions will power off and stop traffic on the bay 2 or bay 4 I/O module, resulting in data loss.
When initiated, the DRAC/MC firmware algorithm must find a module in bay 1 before bay 2 and a
module in bay 3 before bay 4. Otherwise, the module in bay 2 or bay 4 will be powered off if you perform
a firmware upgrade procedure on the DRAC/MC, cause a DRAC/MC failover, or reset the DRAC/MC.
See the current Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis User's Guide at support.dell.com for
more information about configuring your DRAC/MC system.
DRAC/MC Firmware Requirements
The minimum DRAC/MC firmware requirement for your system is version 1.3 or later. If you are adding
a second DRAC/MC module with version 1.0 to support redundancy, you must upgrade the module’s
firmware to version 1.1, then upgrade the firmware to version 1.3 (or later).
NOTE: A DRAC/MC module’s firmware version is displayed on its web-based GUI or by typing the command
getsysinfo or racadm getsysinfo.
See the latest Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis User's Guide at support.dell.com for more
information about firmware updates and installing redundant DRAC/MC modules. This guide also
provides complete instructions on how to set up and operate that version of the module.
KVM Module
Your system includes one hot-pluggable KVM module. One of two types of KVM modules may be
installed: an Avocent Analog KVM switch module, or an Avocent Digital Access KVM switch module.
Both modules enable you to connect a PS/2-compatible keyboard and mouse and a video monitor to the
system, using a custom cable provided with the system. See "KVM Modules" in "Indicators, Codes, and
Messages" for more information about the features of these modules. See your system Configuration
Guide for instructions on how to select a server module from the keyboard connected to the KVM
module.
Removing a KVM Module
1 Disconnect any cables attached to the KVM module.
2 Loosen the Phillips screw that secures the release lever to the module. See Figure 3-5.
3 Pull out the release lever and slide the KVM module out of the chassis.
Installing a KVM Module
1 Ensure that the KVM module release lever is fully extended. See Figure 3-5.
2 Slide the module into the chassis until it is fully seated.
3 Close the release lever until it snaps securely into place.
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4 Secure the release lever to the module with the Phillips screw.
5 Reconnect the custom cable to the KVM module and connect the keyboard, monitor, and mouse to
the custom cable.
Figure 3-5. Removing and Installing a KVM Module
1
2
3
1
release lever
2
securing screw
3
KVM module
Figure 3-6 shows the basic cabling configuration for a KVM module. For information on configuring the
KVM module, see the Configuration Guide provided with your system.
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Figure 3-6. KVM Module Basic Configuration
1
6
5
2
3
4
1
monitor
2
custom KVM cable
3
KVM module
4
system
5
mouse
6
keyboard
Tiering an Avocent Analog KVM Switch or Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch From a Analog
KVM Switch
Both Avocent KVM switches can be tiered from analog KVM switches such as the Dell180ES and
2160ES, as well as other products that support the On-Screen Configuration and Activity Reporting
(OSCAR) interface.
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Before connecting the KVM switch to a supported analog switch, you must set the KVM switch to display
in slot order, and set the Screen Delay Time to 1 or more seconds:
1 Press <Print Screen> to launch the KVM Switch OSCAR.
2 Click Setup > Menu. The Menu dialog box appears.
3 Select Slot to display servers numerically by slot number.
4 Enter a screen delay time of at least 1 second.
5 Click OK.
Setting the Screen Delay time to 1 second allows you to soft switch to a server without launching
OSCAR.
NOTE: Soft switching allows you to switch servers using a hot key sequence. You can soft switch to a server by
pressing <Print Screen> and then typing the first few characters of its name or number. If you have a Delay Time
set and you press the key sequences before that time has elapsed, OSCAR will not display.
To configure the analog switch:
1 Press <Print Screen> to open the OSCAR Main dialog box.
2 Click Setup > Devices > Device Modify.
3 Select the 10-port option to match the number of slots in your system. If the 10-port option is not
available, select the 16-port option.
4 Click OK to exit OSCAR.
5 Press <Print Screen> to verify that the settings have taken effect. The slot number of the server
module to which the KVM switch is now attached should be expanded to display each of the slot
locations of the server modules in the system. For instance, if the KVM switch is attached to slot 1, it
would now be displayed as 01-01 to 01-10.
To connect the Avocent KVM switch to a supported analog switch:
1 Connect the keyboard, video, and mouse cable to the analog switch.
2 Connect the other end of this cable to the custom cable.
3 Connect the custom KVM cable to the KVM port of the KVM switch (see Figure 3-7.)
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Figure 3-7. Avocent Analog or Digital KVM Switch Tiered from an Analog KVM Switch
2
1
5
3
4
1
analog switch
2
keyboard, video, and mouse
interconnecting cable
4
KVM switch
5
system
3
custom KVM cable
4 Connect both the analog switch and the system to an appropriate power source.
5 Power up the system.
6 Power up the analog switch.
NOTE: If the analog switch is powered up before the system, it may result in only one server module displaying in
the analog switch OSCAR, instead of 10.
NOTE: In addition, to the steps outlined above, some analog switches may require you to perform additional steps
to ensure that the KVM switch server modules appear in the analog switch OSCAR. See the analog switch
documentation for additional information.
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Tiering an Avocent Analog KVM Switch From a Dell Console Switch
To tier an Avocent Analog KVM switch from a Dell 2161DS, 180AS, or 2160AS console switch, connect
the ACI port on the rear of the Avocent Analog KVM switch to one of the 16 ARI ports on the back of the
Dell console switch (see Figure 3-8).
NOTE: Do not connect the KVM switch ACI port to a LAN device such as a network hub. Doing so may result in
equipment damage.
Figure 3-8. Tiering an Avocent Analog KVM Switch from a Dell Console Switch
2
1
5
3
4
1
Dell console switch
2
ARI port
4
ACI port
5
system
3
analog KVM switch
Once the KVM switch is connected, the server modules appear in OSCAR. The Dell console switch will
automatically configure the slots in the KVM menu.
NOTE: Once the local system is set up, you must also resynchronize the server list from the Remote Console
Switch software in order to see the list of server modules. See "Resynchronizing the Server List at the Remote
Client Workstation."
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Tiering an Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch From a Dell Console Switch
To tier a Avocent Digital Access KVM switch module from a Dell 2161DS, 180AS, or 2160AS console
switch:
1 Connect one end of a CAT5 cable to an ARI port on the console switch (see Figure 3-9).
2 Connect the other end of the CAT5 cable to a Server Interface Pod (SIP).
3 Connect the local KVM cable to the local KVM port of the KVM switch and then to the SIP.
4 Once the KVM switch is connected, the server modules appear in OSCAR.
Figure 3-9. Tiering a Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch from a Dell Console Switch
2
1
3
6
4
5
1
Dell console switch
2
ARI port
3
server interface pod (SIP)
4
custom KVM cable
5
digital KVM switch
6
system
Once connected, the Dell console switch will automatically configure the slots in the KVM menu.
NOTE: Once the local system is set up, you must also resynchronize the server list from the Remote Console
Switch software in order to see the list of server modules. See "Resynchronizing the Server List at the Remote
Client Workstation."
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Resynchronizing the Server List at the Remote Client Workstation
Once the KVM switch is connected, the server modules appear in OSCAR. You now need to
resynchronize the servers on any remote workstation to ensure that the server modules are now available
to any remote users that are connected to the console switch through the Remote Console Switch
software.
NOTE: This procedure only resynchronizes one remote client workstation. With multiple client workstations, save
the resynchronized local database and load it into the other client workstations to ensure consistency.
To resynchronize the server listing:
1 Click Resync in the Server category of the Management Panel (MP).
The Resync Wizard launches.
2 Click Next.
A warning message displays indicating that the database will be updated to match the current
configuration of the console switch. Your current local database names will be overridden with the
switch names. To include unpowered SIPs in the resynchronization, click to enable the Include Offline
SIPs check box.
3 Click Next.
A Polling Remote Console Switch message box appears with a progress bar indicating that the switch
information is being retrieved.
4 If no changes were detected in the appliance, a completion dialog box appears with this information.
If server changes were detected, then the Detected Changes dialog box will be displayed. Click Next to
update the database.
5 If a cascade switch was detected, the Enter Cascade Switch Information dialog box appears. Select the
type of switch connected to the appliance from the drop-down list. If the type you are looking for is not
available, you can add it by clicking Add.
6 Click Next. The completion dialog box appears.
7 Click Finish to exit.
8 Start up the analog switch and the system.
Chassis I/O Module
A variety of I/O modules, such as Fibre Channel pass-through, Fiber Channel switch, Ethernet passthrough, Infiniband pass-through, and PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet switch modules are available for
your system. Some I/O modules also require a supporting daughter card that must be installed inside
each server module that communicates with that particular I/O module. The system can accommodate
up to four hot-pluggable I/O modules.
You do not have to turn off the system to replace an I/O module of the same type; however, your network
connectivity does not return until the replacement module is installed and initialized.
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I/O Module Placements
The back panel has four bays for I/O modules and are labeled IO/1, IO/2, IO/3, and IO/4 (see Figure 1-5).
PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet switch modules or Ethernet pass-through modules must be installed in
either bay IO/1 or IO/2. All other types of matching I/O modules can be installed in IO/3 and IO/4. See "
Guidelines for Installing Connectivity Modules" in "Indicators, Messages, and Codes" for guidelines on
installing I/O modules.
Bays IO/1 and IO/3 are primary bays and bays IO/2 and IO/4 are secondary bays. The secondary bays
provide redundancy or additional connectivity, if desired. If only one type of I/O module is installed, it
must be installed in the primary bay.
Removing an I/O Module
1 Disconnect any cables attached to the I/O module.
2 Press in the bottom of the release tab and pull out the release lever. See Figure 3-10.
3 Pull out the release lever and slide the I/O module out of the chassis.
4 If you are removing the I/O module permanently:
a
If the I/O module uses a supporting daughter card, uninstall the card from inside the server
module(s). See "Removing a Daughter Card" on page 83.
NOTICE: You must install a filler bracket over an empty I/O module slot to maintain Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) certification of the system. The brackets also help keep dust and dirt out of the system and aid in
proper cooling and airflow inside the system.
b
Install a metal filler bracket over the empty slot opening.
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Figure 3-10.
Removing and Installing an I/O Module
1
2
1
I/O module
2
release lever
Installing an I/O Module
1 Unpack the I/O module and prepare it for installation.
For instructions, see the documentation that accompanied the module.
2 Install the I/O module.
NOTE: Bays IO/1 and IO/2 accept only PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet switch modules or Gb Ethernet passthrough modules. If only one module is used, it must be installed in bay IO/1. Bay IO/2 is for a second
PowerConnect 5316M Ethernet switch module or Gb Ethernet pass-through module for redundancy.
a
Ensure that the I/O module release lever is fully extended. See Figure 3-10.
b
Slide the module into the chassis until it is fully seated.
c
Close the release lever until it snaps securely into place.
3 If a daughter card(s) was included with the new I/O module, install the daughter card(s). See "I/O
Module Daughter Card" on page 82.
NOTE: The daughter card enables a server module to communicate with the corresponding connector
number on its appropriate I/O module. For example, server module number 5 must have a Fibre-Channel
daughter card installed to communicate with the Fibre Channel pass-through module connector number 5
(primary and secondary bays).
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4 Reconnect any cables that must be attached to the module.
See the documentation that accompanied the I/O module for information about its cable connections.
Server Modules
Your system can include up to 10 hot-pluggable server modules. Each server module can contain up to
two processors, two hard drives, six memory modules, and one daughter card.
Removing a Server Module
1 Ensure that the server module's power is off.
When a server module is powered off, its front-panel power indicator is amber. See Figure 1-3.
2 Press in the release latch on the inside of the upper handle. See Figure 3-11.
3 Pull out both the upper and the lower handles to eject the server module from the chassis.
4 Slide the server module out of the chassis.
NOTICE: If you are permanently removing the server module, install a server module blank. Operating the system
for extended periods of time without a server module blank installed can cause the system to overheat.
Figure 3-11.
Removing and Installing a Server Module
1
2
5
4
3
1
chassis
2
upper handle
4
lower handle
5
release latch inside of upper
handle
3
server module
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NOTICE: Follow this procedure carefully—it is possible to insert the server module upside-down, which may
damage the chassis midplane and the server module.
1 Orient the server module so that its top side is up. The server module is correctly oriented for
installation when its components have the characteristics described below:
a
The server module’s upper handle is above (outside) the lower handle.
The upper handle has the DELL logo™ on it, extends farther out than the lower handle, and has a
release latch on its inside. See Figure 3-12.
b
The upper edge of the server module has "TOP-SIDE" engraved in it. See Figure 3-12.
Figure 3-12.
Proper Server Module Installation Orientation
1
2
6
5
4
3
1
upper handle
2
"TOP-SIDE" engraved in server
module
3
server module
4
lower handle
5
logo
6
release latch inside of upper
handle
2 Slide the server module into the chassis until the open handles touch the front panel of the chassis.
3 Rotate both handles inward until the lower handle is flush against the server module’s front panel.
The lower handle automatically closes before the upper handle.
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4 Continue to rotate the upper handle inward until it is flush against the lower handle.
The upper-handle release latch locks both handles to the front panel of the server module when the
handles are properly closed.
5 Turn on the server module by pressing the module's power button.
Opening the Server Module
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module."
2 Orient the server module as shown in Figure 3-13 so that the two cover-release buttons are facing up.
3 Press down on both cover-release buttons and slide the cover toward the back of the server module
until it stops.
4 Carefully lift the cover away from the server module.
Figure 3-14 illustrates the major components of the inside of the server module.
Figure 3-13.
Opening a Server Module
1
2
3
1
cover
2
server module
3
cover-release buttons (2)
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Figure 3-14.
Inside a Server Module
1
2
6
5
3
4
1
optional daughter card
2
memory modules
3
heat sink and processor 2
4
hard drive 0
5
hard drive 1
6
heat sink and processor 1
Closing the Server Module
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Ensure that no tools or parts are left inside the system.
2 Align the cover with the cover alignment pins on the sides of the chassis, and slide the cover forward.
See Figure 3-15.
3 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module."
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Figure 3-15.
Closing a Server Module
1
4
2
3
1
cover
4
cover-release buttons (2)
2
server module
3
alignment pins (6)
Removing and Installing Server Module Components
The following procedures describe how to remove and install the following components:
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Memory modules
•
Daughter cards
•
Integrated NIC TOE feature
•
Processors
•
Server module battery
•
Hard drives
Memory
You can add system memory to a maximum capacity of 32 GB (dual-ranked memory modules) or 16 GB
(single-ranked memory modules) by installing 533-MHz or 677-Mhz (when available) fully buffered
DIMM(FBD) DDR II memory modules. 256-MB, 512-MB, 1-GB, 2-GB, and 4-GB memory modules are
supported. You can purchase memory upgrade kits from Dell.
NOTICE: Use only 533-MHz or 677-MHz (when available) DDR II FB memory modules.
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The eight memory module sockets are divided into two equal branches (0 and 1). Each branch consists
of two channels:
•
Branch 0: Channel 0 (DIMM 1, DIMM 5) and channel 1 (DIMM 2, DIMM 6)
•
Branch 1: Channel 2 (DIMM 3, DIMM 7) and channel 3 (DIMM 4, DIMM 8)
The first socket of each channel has white release tabs. The memory sockets are located on the system
board at the back of the server module. See Figure 6-3 in "Server Module Board Connectors.
General Memory Module Installation Guidelines
•
In memory configurations where sparing and mirroring are not supported, the memory modules must
be installed in pairs of matched memory size, speed, technology, and vendor, beginning with Branch 0
(Channel 0 and Channel 1).
•
The system supports memory mirroring and memory sparing. (Only one of these features can be
implemented at one time.) See"Memory Sparing" on page 78 and "Memory Mirroring" on page 79.
•
The system supports both single-ranked and dual-ranked memory modules. (Memory modules marked
with a "1R" are single ranked and modules marked with a "2R" are dual ranked.) If you install both
single-ranked and dual-ranked memory modules, the dual-ranked memory modules must be installed
in Branch 1, regardless of capacity.
NOTE: Dual-rank memory modules with less capacity take precedence over single-ranked memory modules
with greater capacity.
NOTICE: For configurations requiring less than eight memory modules, memory module blanks must be installed in
four of the unoccupied memory sockets to maintain proper cooling airflow. See Table 3-2.
Memory Sparing
Memory sparing allocates four ranks of memory to a spare bank. These four ranks consist of the first rank
of memory in sockets 1 through 4.
•
For single-rank memory modules, the entire capacity of the memory modules is allocated to sparing.
•
For dual-rank memory modules, only half of the total capacity is allocated to sparing.
Table 3-1 shows how memory sparing divides the available and spared memory in each of the single- and
dual-ranked memory module combinations.
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Table 3-1.
Memory Sparing Configurations
Memory Module Size/Type
Total Memory
Available Memory
Spare Memory
Eight 256-MB single-rank modules
2 GB
1 GB
1 GB
Eight 512-MB single-rank modules
4 GB
2 GB
2 GB
Eight 1-GB single-rank modules
8 GB
4 GB
4 GB
Eight 2-GB single-rank modules
16 GB
8 GB
8 GB
Eight 2-GB dual-rank modules
16 GB
12 GB
4 GB
Eight 4-GB dual-rank modules
32 GB
24 GB
8 GB
The following guidelines apply to memory sparing:
•
The system only supports memory sparing if eight identical memory modules are installed (same size,
speed, technology, and vendor).
•
Sparing is not supported if mirroring is enabled.
You can enable memory sparing through the System Setup program. See "Using the System Setup
Program" on page 43.
Memory Mirroring
Memory mirroring provides additional data redundancy and system availability. The system divides the total
memory in half and copies identical sets of data to each half. Consequently, the amount of available
memory is half the amount of physical memory. If a memory module fails, the data in the mirrored data set
is still available, and the system can operate normally until the memory module is replaced.
The following guidelines apply to memory mirroring:
•
The system only supports memory mirroring if eight identical memory modules are installed.
•
Mirroring is not supported if sparing is enabled.
You can enable memory mirroring through the System Setup program. See "Using the System Setup
Program" on page 43.
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Sample Memory Configurations
Table 3-2 shows examples of supported memory configurations.
NOTICE: For configurations requiring less than eight memory modules, memory module blanks must be installed in
four of the unoccupied memory sockets to maintain proper cooling airflow. See Table 3-2.
Table 3-2.
Sample Memory Configurations
Channel 0
Channel 1
Channel 2
Channel 3
Total Memory
DIMM 1
DIMM 5
DIMM 2
DIMM 6
DIMM 3
DIMM 7
DIMM 4
DIMM 8
512 MB
256 MB
blank
256 MB
blank
none
blank
none
blank
1 GB
256 MB
blank
256 MB
blank
256 MB
blank
256 MB
blank
1 GB
512 MB
blank
512 MB
blank
none
blank
none
blank
2 GB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
2 GB
512 MB
blank
512 MB
blank
512 MB
blank
512 MB
blank
4 GB
1 GB
blank
1 GB
blank
1 GB
blank
1 GB
blank
4 GB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
8 GB
2 GB
blank
2 GB
blank
2 GB
blank
2 GB
blank
8 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
16 GB
4 GB
blank
4 GB
blank
4 GB
blank
4 GB
blank
16 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
32 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
Installing Memory Modules
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
CAUTION: The memory modules are hot to the touch for some time after the system has been powered down.
Allow time for the memory modules to cool before handling them. Handle the memory modules by the card edges
and avoid touching the components.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
3 Locate the memory module sockets. See Figure 6-3.
4 Press the ejectors on the memory module socket down and out, as shown in Figure 3-16, to allow the
memory module to be inserted into the socket. I
If a memory module blank is installed in the socket, remove it. See Figure 3-16.
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Figure 3-16.
Installing and Removing a Memory Module or Memory Module Blank
2
1
3
4
6
5
1
memory module
2
memory module blank
3
memory module socket
ejectors (2)
4
socket
5
alignment key
6
edge connector
5 Align the memory module's edge connector with the alignment key on the memory module socket, and
insert the memory module in the socket.
NOTE: The memory module socket has an alignment key that allows you to install the memory module in the
socket in only one way.
6 Press down on the memory module with your thumbs while pulling up on the ejectors with your index
fingers to lock the memory module into the socket.
When the memory module is properly seated in the socket, the ejectors on the memory module socket
align with the ejectors on the other sockets that have memory modules installed.
7 Repeat step 3 through step 6 of this procedure to install the remaining memory modules. See Table 3-2
for sample memory configurations.
8 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
9 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
10 (Optional) Press <F2> to enter the System Setup program, and check the System Memory setting on
the main System Setup screen.
The system should have already changed the value to reflect the newly installed memory.
11 If the value is incorrect, one or more of the memory modules may not be installed properly. Repeat
step 1 through step 10 of this procedure, checking to ensure that the memory modules are firmly
seated in their sockets.
12 Run the system memory test in the system diagnostics. See"Running System Diagnostics" on page 117.
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Removing Memory Modules
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
CAUTION: The DIMMs are hot to the touch for some time after the system has been powered down. Allow time
for the DIMMs to cool before handling them. Handle the DIMMs by the card edges and avoid touching the DIMM
components.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
3 Locate the memory module sockets. See Figure 6-3.
4 Press down and out on the ejectors on each end of the socket until the memory module pops out of the
socket. See Figure 3-16.
5 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
6 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
I/O Module Daughter Card
The server module board daughter-card connectors support a variety of dual-channel I/O module
daughter cards, including a TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) NIC daughtercard.
•
If installed, the daughter card must be used in conjunction with its appropriate back-panel I/O module
and connector number.
For example, server module number 5 must have a Fibre Channel daughter card installed to
communicate with the Fibre Channel pass-through module connector number 5 (primary and
secondary bays).
•
You cannot install daughter cards of different fabric types within a system.
For more information on I/O module daughter cards, see "Guidelines for Installing Connectivity
Modules" on page 28.
Installing a Daughter Card
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
NOTICE: Hold the daughter card by its edges only.
3 Align the three screw holes on the daughter card with the three standoffs on the server module board.
See Figure 3-17.
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4 Align the connectors on the bottom of the daughter card with the connectors on the server module
board, and then press down on the card edges until it is fully seated.
5 Secure the daughter card to the server module board with the three screws.
6 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
7 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
Figure 3-17.
Installing and Removing a Daughter Card
2
1
3
1
daughter card
2
screw holes (3)
3
daughter card connectors on
server module board (2)
Removing a Daughter Card
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
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3 Remove the three screws that secure the daughter card to the server module board. See Figure 3-17.
NOTICE: Hold the daughter card by its edges only.
4 Lift up the daughter card from its connector and remove it from the server module board.
5 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
6 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
Activating the Integrated NIC TOE
To add TOE functionality to the server module’s integrated NIC, install the TOE NIC hardware key in
the TOE_KEY socket on the system board (see Figure 6-3.) Both single-port and dual-port TOE hardware
keys are available.
NOTICE: In a NIC team, a dual-port TOE hardware key is required.
Processors
It is possible to upgrade your processor(s) to take advantage of future options in speed and functionality.
Each processor and its associated internal cache memory are contained in a land grid array (LGA)
package that is installed in a ZIF socket on the system board.
Removing a Processor
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
CAUTION: The processor and heat sink can become extremely hot. Be sure the processor has had sufficient time
to cool before handling.
NOTICE: Never remove the heat sink from a processor unless you intend to remove the processor. The heat sink is
necessary to maintain proper thermal conditions.
3 Loosen the four screws that secure the heat sink to the server module board. See Figure 3-18.
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Figure 3-18.
Installing and Removing the Heat Sink
1
2
1
screws (4)
2
heat sink
NOTE: When removing the heat sink, the possibility exists that the processor might adhere to the heat sink and be
removed from the socket. It is recommended that you remove the heat sink while the processor is still warm.
4 Remove the heat sink:
a
Slightly rotate the heat sink to loosen it from the processor.
b
If the processor is removed from the socket with the heat sink, twist or slide the processor off of
the heat sink. Do not pry the processor off of the heat sink.
c
Set the heat sink on its top so as not to contaminate the thermal grease.
5 Pull the socket-release lever straight up until the processor is released from the socket. See Figure 3-19.
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Figure 3-19.
Installing and Removing the Processor
1
4
2
3
1
processor
4
pin-1 corner of processor
2
socket-release lever
3
pin-1 corner of socket
6 Lift the processor out of the socket and leave the release lever up so that the socket is ready for the new
processor.
NOTICE: Be careful not to bend any of the pins on the LGA socket when removing the processor. Bending the pins
can permanently damage the socket and system board.
Installing a Processor
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Prior to upgrading your system, download the latest system BIOS version on support.dell.com.
2 Unpack the new processor.
3 If you are adding a second processor, remove the processor blank by loosening the two screws securing
the blank to the system board.
4 Align the pin-1 corner of the processor with the pin-1 corner of the ZIF socket. See Figure 3-19.
NOTE: Identifying the pin-1 corners is critical to positioning the processor correctly.
Identify the pin-1 corner of the processor by locating the tiny gold triangle on one corner of the
processor. Place this corner in the same corner of the ZIF socket identified by a corresponding triangle
on the system board.
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5 Install the processor in the socket.
NOTE: If you are installing just one processor, it must be installed in socket CPU_1. See Figure 6-3.
NOTICE: Positioning the processor incorrectly can permanently damage the processor and the system board
when you turn it on. Be careful not to bend the pins on the LGA socket.
a
If the release lever on the processor socket is not positioned all the way up, move it to that
position.
b
With the pin-1 corners of the processor and socket aligned, set the processor lightly in the socket.
Because the system uses a ZIF processor socket, do not use force.
When the processor is positioned correctly, it drops down into the socket with minimal pressure.
c
When the processor is fully seated in the socket, rotate the socket release lever back down until it
snaps into place, securing the processor.
6 Install the heat sink:
a
If you are reinstalling a heat sink, use a clean lint-free cloth to remove the existing thermal grease
from the heat sink.
If you are reinstalling a processor, also clean any remnants of thermal grease from the processor.
b
Apply thermal grease evenly to the top of the processor.
c
Place the heat sink onto the processor. See Figure 3-18.
d
Tighten the four screws to secure the heat sink to the server module board. See Figure 3-18.
7 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
8 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
As the system boots, it detects the presence of the new processor and automatically changes the system
configuration information in the System Setup program.
9 Press <F2> to enter the System Setup program, and check that the processor information matches the
new system configuration.
See "Using the System Setup Program" on page 43 for instructions about using the System Setup
program.
10 Run the system diagnostics to verify that the new processor operates correctly.
See "Running System Diagnostics" for information about running the diagnostics and troubleshooting
processor problems.
11 If you have upgraded the processor, update the system BIOS.
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Server Module Battery
The system battery is a 3.0-volt (V), coin-cell battery.
Removing and Installing the Server Module Battery
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
CAUTION: There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly installed. Replace the battery only
with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the
manufacturer's instructions. See your Product Information Guide for additional information.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
3 If a daughter card is installed on the server module board, remove the daughter card. See "Removing a
Daughter Card" on page 83.
4 Remove the system battery by lifting it straight up from its connector. See Figure 3-20.
See Figure 6-3 to locate the system battery on the server module board.
5 Install the new system battery with the side labeled "+" facing toward the inside of the server module.
See Figure 3-20.
Figure 3-20.
Replacing the System Battery
1
2
1
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"+" side of battery
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2
battery connector
6 If you removed a daughter card from the server module board, reinstall it. See "Installing a Daughter
Card" on page 82.
7 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
8 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
9 Enter the System Setup program to confirm that the battery is operating properly. See "Using the
System Setup Program" in your User's Guide.
10 Enter the correct time and date in the System Setup program's Time and Date fields.
11 Exit the System Setup program.
12 To test the newly installed battery, remove the server module for at least an hour. See "Removing a
Server Module."
13 After an hour, install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module."
14 Enter the System Setup program and if the time and date are still incorrect, see "Getting Help" for
instructions about obtaining technical assistance.
Hard Drives
Each server module supports one or two hot-pluggable SAS or one or two hot-pluggable SATA hard
drives. If only one hard drive is used, a blank must be installed to maintain proper cooling. The hard drive
bays are located on the front panel of the server module. Each hard drive has indicators that provide hard
drive activity and status information.
NOTICE: You cannot install a SAS drive and a SATA drive within a given server module (blade). However, you can
install server modules (blades) with SAS drives and server modules with SATA drives in the same server enclosure.
Integrated Mirroring of Hard Drives
The controller on the server module board supports integrated mirroring if two drives are installed. After
installing the drives, see your Configuration Guide to enable and configure your RAID array.
Installing a Previously Arrayed Hard Drive Into a SAS-Mode Server Module
A hard drive previously installed in a RAID configuration contains partial segments of information
referred to as "meta-data." If you hot-install a hard drive that contains meta-data into a SAS-mode server
module, its array may appear as degraded after the server module is rebooted.
CAUTION: Do not attempt to rebuild the degraded array in a SAS-mode server module. The server module can
accommodate up to two hard drives, one of which is the primary physical boot hard drive. Rebuilding the array
could result in loss of data from the primary hard drive.
To remove the meta-data from the replacement hard drive, perform the following steps:
1 Back up all data onto the replacement hard drive.
2 Restart the server module and press <Ctrl><C> to run the RAID configuration utility.
3 Change the degraded array properties from mirror to SAS mode by selecting NO as the Mirror option.
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Installing a Hard Drive
NOTICE: When a replacement hot-pluggable hard drive is installed and the server module is powered on, the hard
drive automatically begins to rebuild. Make absolutely sure that the replacement hard drive is blank or contains
data that you wish to have over-written. Any data on the replacement hard drive is immediately lost after the hard
drive is installed.
NOTICE: Not all operating systems support hot-plug drive installation. See the documentation supplied with your
operating system.
1 Open the hard-drive carrier handle. See Figure 3-21.
Figure 3-21.
Installing a Hard Drive
1
4
3
1
server module
4
hard drive 1
2
2
hard drive 0
3
carrier handle
2 Insert the hard-drive carrier into the drive bay.
3 Close the hard-drive carrier handle to lock it in place.
Removing a Hard Drive
NOTICE: Not all operating systems support hot-plug drive installation. See the documentation supplied with your
operating system.
1 Take the hard drive offline and wait until the hard-drive indicator codes on the drive carrier signal that
the drive may be removed safely. See Figure 1-4.
When all indicators are off, the drive is ready for removal.
See your operating system documentation for more information on taking the hard drive offline.
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2 Open the hard-drive carrier handle to release the drive. See Figure 3-21.
3 Slide the hard drive out until it is free of the drive bay.
If you are permanently removing the hard drive, install a blank insert.
Shutdown Procedure for Servicing a Hard Drive
NOTE: This section applies only to situations where the server module must be powered down to service a hard
drive. In many situations, the hard drive can be serviced while the server module powered on.
If you need to power off the server module to service a hard drive, wait 30 seconds after the server
module’s power indicator turns off before removing the hard drive. Otherwise, the hard drive may not be
recognized after the hard drive is reinstalled and the server module is powered on again.
Configuring the Boot Drive
The drive or device from which the system boots is determined by the boot order specified in the System
Setup program (see "Using the System Setup Program" on page 43.
Removing a Hard Drive From a Hard-Drive Carrier
Remove the four screws from the slide rails on the hard-drive carrier and separate the hard drive from the
carrier.
Installing a Hard Drive Into a Drive Carrier
1 Insert the hard drive into the hard-drive carrier with the connector end of the drive at the rear. See
Figure 3-22.
2 Align the screw holes on the hard drive with the holes on the hard-drive carrier. See Figure 3-22.
3 Attach the four screws to secure the hard drive to the hard-drive carrier. See Figure 3-22.
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Figure 3-22.
Installing a Hard Drive Into a Drive Carrier
2
1
3
1
screws (4)
2
drive carrier
3
hard drive
Back-Panel Module Cage Assembly (Service-Only Procedure)
Removing the Back-Panel Module Cage Assembly
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Press the system power switch to turn off the system. See "System Status Features" on page 10.
2 Remove all of the server modules. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
3 Remove the power supply modules. See "Removing a Power Supply Module" on page 58.
4 Remove the fan modules. See "Removing a Fan" on page 60.
5 Remove the DRAC/MC module. See "Removing a DRAC/MC Module" on page 61.
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6 Remove the KVM module. See "Removing a KVM Module" on page 63.
7 Remove the I/O modules. See "Removing an I/O Module" on page 71.
8 Remove the four screws securing the module cage assembly to the chassis back panel. See Figure 3-23.
9 Pull the assembly out of the chassis approximately half way until it stops, press the two side levers on
the sides of the cage, and then pull the cage out from the chassis. See Figure 3-23.
Figure 3-23.
Removing and Installing the Back-Panel Module Cage Assembly
1
2
5
3
4
1
module cage assembly
2
chassis
4
back rails (2)
5
screws (4)
3
side levers (2)
Installing the Back-Panel Module Cage Assembly
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Insert the module-cage assembly into the back of the chassis and push the assembly in until the back
rails are flush against the chassis back panel. See Figure 3-23.
2 Install the four screws to secure the module cage assembly to the chassis back panel.
3 Install the I/O modules. See "Installing an I/O Module" on page 72.
4 Install the KVM module. See "Installing a KVM Module" on page 63.
5 Install the DRAC/MC module. See "Installing a DRAC/MC Module" on page 62.
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6 Install the fan modules. See "Installing a Fan" on page 61.
7 Install the power supply modules. See "Installing a Power Supply Module" on page 59.
8 Install the server modules. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
9 Press the system power switch to turn on the system.
Chassis Control Panel Assembly (Service-Only Procedure)
Removing the Chassis Control Panel
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Press the system power switch to turn off the system. See "System Status Features" on page 10.
2 Remove the server modules nearest the system control panel. See "Removing a Server Module" on
page 73.
3 Remove the chassis control panel:
a
From the front of the chassis, slightly lift up the securing tab on the back of the control panel. See
Figure 3-24.
b
Slide the control panel slightly backward and remove it from its bay.
4 Remove the control-panel midplane receptacle:
a
From the front of the chassis, press in the securing-arm release button and lift up the securing
arm.
b
Pull out the control-panel midplane receptacle from its bay.
5 Remove the control-panel cable from its retaining clips.
6 Remove the control panel assembly from the chassis.
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Figure 3-24.
Removing and Installing the Chassis Control Panel Assembly
1
3
2
4
5
6
front
1
midplane receptacle
2
securing-arm release button
3
securing arm
4
control-panel cable
5
control-panel securing tab
6
control panel
Installing the Chassis Control Panel
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Place the control-panel cable in its retaining clips. See Figure 3-24.
2 Install the control-panel midplane receptacle:
a
Ensure that the securing arm on the control-panel midplane receptacle is open.
b
Place the control-panel midplane receptacle into its bay and push it forward until it is fully seated.
c
Lower the securing arm on the control-panel midplane receptacle until it locks in place.
3 Install the chassis control panel assembly:
a
Place the control panel in its bay so it lays flat.
b
Slide the control panel forward until its securing tab locks in place.
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Server Module Control Panel Assembly (Service-Only Procedure)
Removing the Server Module Control Panel
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Turn off the server module.
If the power switch on the control panel is still operational, press the power switch to turn off the
server module. See "System Status Features" on page 10.
If the server module power switch is not operational, power down the server using its remote powerdown capability. See the Dell Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis User’s Guide for information
on using the remote management features of the system
2 Remove the server module from the system chassis. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
3 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
4 Remove the two screws that secure the control panel to the server module top bracket and pull out the
control panel to remove it. See Figure 3-25.
5 Remove the control-panel cable from the server module-board connector:
a
Pull up the retaining clip on top of the connector.
b
Lift up on the control panel cable to remove it from the server module-board connector.
NOTE: The control panel cable attaches to the connector on the control panel in the same manner.
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Figure 3-25.
Removing and Installing the Server Module Control Panel Assembly
1
2
7
6
5
4
3
1
screws (2)
2
control panel cable retaining
clip
3
retaining clip
4
server module-board
connector
5
control panel cable
6
top bracket
7
control panel
Installing the Server Module Control Panel
1 Place the new control panel under the server module top bracket and secure it with the two screws. See
Figure 3-25.
2 Route the control-panel cable under its retaining clip.
3 Connect the control-panel cable to the server module-board connector:
a
Pull up the retaining clip on top of the connector.
b
Slip the cable between the retaining clip and the connector and press down on the clip to secure
the cable.
NOTE: The cable attaches to the connector on the control panel in the same manner.
4 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
5 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
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System Board (Service-Only Procedure)
Removing the System Board
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
CAUTION: The processor and heat sink can become extremely hot. Be sure the processor has had sufficient time
to cool before handling.
CAUTION: The memory modules are hot to the touch for some time after the system has been powered down.
Allow time for the memory modules to cool before handling them. Handle the memory modules by the card edges
and avoid touching the components.
NOTICE: If you are removing two hard drive, label them so you can replace them in their original locations.
3 Remove the hard drives. See "Removing a Hard Drive" on page 90.
4 Disconnect the control panel cable from the system board. See Figure 3-25.
5 If applicable, remove the daughter card See "Removing a Daughter Card" on page 83.
6 Remove the memory modules and memory module blanks. See "Removing Memory Modules" on
page 82.
7 Remove the processor(s). See "Removing a Processor" on page 84.
8 Remove the five Phillips screws and three hexagonal screws securing the system board to the server
module chassis.
9 Remove the curved chipset cooling shroud near the memory module sockets.
10 Lift the system board out of the chassis.
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Figure 3-26.
Removing and Installing the System Board
2
1
1
screws (8)
2
system board
Installing the System Board
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Carefully lower the new system board into the chassis.
2 Reinstall the five Phillips screws and three hexagonal screws.
Use the center screw near the back edge of the board to reinstall the chipset cooling shroud.
3 Replace the processor(s). See "Installing a Processor" on page 86.
4 Replace the memory modules and memory module blanks. See "Installing Memory Modules" on
page 80.
5 If applicable, replace the daughter card See "Installing a Daughter Card" on page 82.
6 Reconnect the control panel cable to the system board. See Figure 3-25.
7 Replace the hard drive(s).
If you are installing two drives, be sure and reinstall them in their original locations.
8 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
9 Install the server module in the system. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
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Safety First—For You and Your System
To perform certain procedures in this document, you must remove the system cover and work inside
the system. While working inside the system, do not attempt to service the system except as
explained in this guide and elsewhere in your system documentation.
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online
or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered
by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
Start-Up Routine
Look and listen during the system's start-up routine for the indications described in Table 4-1.
Table 4-1. Start-Up Routine Indications
Look/listen for:
Action
An error message displayed on the monitor
See "Server Module Messages" on page 34.
Alert messages from the systems management See the systems management software documentation.
software
The monitor's power indicator
See "Troubleshooting the Video Subsystem" on page 102.
The keyboard indicators
See "Troubleshooting the Keyboard" on page 103.
The USB diskette drive activity indicator
See "Troubleshooting USB Devices" on page 105.
The USB optical drive activity indicator
See "Troubleshooting USB Devices" on page 105.
The hard-drive activity indicator
See "Troubleshooting Hard Drives" on page 113.
An unfamiliar constant scraping or grinding
sound when you access a drive
See "Getting Help" on page 127.
Checking the Equipment
This section provides troubleshooting procedures for external devices attached to the system, such
as the monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Before you perform any of the procedures, see "Troubleshooting
External Connections" on page 102.
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Troubleshooting External Connections
Loose or improperly connected cables are the most likely source of problems for the system, monitor, and
other peripherals (such as a printer, keyboard, mouse, or other external device). Ensure that all external
cables are securely attached to the external connectors on your system. See Figure 1-3 for the front-panel
connectors on your system and Figure 1-5 for the back-panel connectors.
Troubleshooting the Video Subsystem
Problem
•
Monitor or monitor cable
•
Keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) custom cable
•
KVM module
•
Server module
Action
1 Ensure that the server module(s) is turned on.
2 Check the monitor connection to the custom cable.
Try swapping monitor cables if another monitor cable is available.
3 Check the custom cable connection to either the front-panel custom-cable connector on the server
module or the back-panel KVM module.
4 If the monitor does not function from the back-panel KVM module, ensure that the KVM selection
indicator on the front panel of the server module is green. If not, press the KVM selection button. See
Figure 1-3.
NOTE: See "KVM Modules" on page 22 for instructions on how to select a server module from the keyboard
connected to the KVM module.
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5 If two or more server modules are installed in the chassis, press the KVM selection button on a
different server module.
NOTE: After pressing the KVM selection button, allow approximately two seconds for the KVM functions to
change to a different server module.
If the monitor is connected to the back-panel KVM module and works with another server module, the
first server module may need to be reseated. See "Server Modules" on page 73. If reseating the server
module does not help, the server module may be faulty. See "Getting Help" on page 127.
6 Swap the monitor with a known-working monitor and repeat step 4 and step 5.
If the monitor does not work when connected to either the front-panel custom cable or to the backpanel custom cable, the server module may be faulty. See "Getting Help" on page 127.
If the monitor works in the back-panel custom cable and not the front-panel custom cable, the frontpanel custom cable may be faulty. See "Getting Help" on page 127.
If the monitor works in the front-panel custom cable and not the back-panel custom cable, the KVM
module or the back-panel custom cable may be faulty. See "Getting Help" on page 127.
Troubleshooting the Keyboard
NOTE: USB keyboard devices can be connected only to the front-panel custom cable, and PS/2 keyboard devices
can be connected only to the back-panel custom cable.
Problem
•
A symptom of a keyboard problem is indicated by a system message
•
Keyboard or keyboard cable
•
Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) custom cable
•
KVM module
•
Server module
Action
1 Ensure that the server module(s) is turned on.
2 Check the keyboard connection to the custom cable.
3 Check the custom cable connection to either the front-panel custom cable connector on the server
module or to the back-panel KVM module.
4 If you are connecting a keyboard to the front-panel custom cable connector, test the keyboard and
front-panel custom cable on a different server module, if available.
5 If the keyboard does not function from the back-panel KVM module, ensure that the KVM selection
indicator on the front panel of the server module is green. If not, press the KVM selection button. See
Figure 1-3.
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6 If two or more server modules are installed in the chassis, press the KVM selection button on a
different server module.
NOTE: After pressing the KVM selection button, allow approximately two seconds for the KVM functions to
change to a different server module.
If the keyboard is connected to the back-panel KVM module and works with another server module,
the first server module may need to be reseated. See "Server Modules" on page 73. If reseating the
server module does not help, the server module may be faulty. See "Getting Help" on page 127.
7 Swap the keyboard with a known-working keyboard and repeat step 5 and step 6. If the keyboard does
not work with any server module, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Troubleshooting the Mouse
NOTE: USB mouse devices can be connected only to the front-panel custom cable and PS/2 mouse devices can be
connected only to the back-panel custom cable.
Problem
•
A symptom of a mouse problem is indicated by a system message
•
Mouse or mouse cable
•
Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) custom cable
•
Server module
Action
1 Ensure that the server module(s) is turned on.
2 Check the mouse connection to the custom cable
3 Check the custom cable connection to the either the front-panel custom cable connector on the server
module or to the back-panel KVM module.
4 If you are connecting a mouse to the front-panel custom cable connector, test the mouse and frontpanel custom cable on a different server module, if available.
5 If the mouse does not function from the back-panel KVM module, ensure that the KVM selection
indicator on the front panel of the server module is green. If not, press the KVM selection button. See
Figure 1-3.
NOTE: See "KVM Modules" on page 22 for instructions on how to select a server module from the keyboard
connected to the KVM module.
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6 If two or more server modules are installed in the chassis, press the KVM selection button on a
different server module.
NOTE: After pressing the KVM selection button, allow approximately two seconds for the KVM functions to
change to a different server module.
If the mouse is connected to the back-panel KVM module and works with another server module, the
first server module may need to be reseated. See "Server Modules" on page 73. If reseating the server
module does not help, the server module may be faulty. See "Getting Help" on page 127.
7 Swap the mouse with a known-working mouse and repeat step 5 and step 6. If the mouse does not
work with any server module, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Troubleshooting USB Devices
NOTE: USB devices can be connected only to the front-panel custom cable. Total length of a USB cable should not
exceed 3 m (9.8 ft).
Problem
•
A symptom of a USB problem is indicated by a system message
•
USB device or USB device cable
•
Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) custom cable
•
Server module
Action
1 Ensure that the server module(s) is turned on.
2 Check the USB device connection to the front-panel custom cable.
3 Check the custom cable connection to the front-panel custom-cable connector.
4 Swap the USB device with a known-working USB device.
5 If another server module is installed, connect the USB device to that server module. If the USB device
works with a different server module, the first server module may be faulty. See "Getting Help" on
page 127.
Responding to a Systems Management Alert Message
The Dell™ Remote Access Controller/Modular Chassis (DRAC/MC) management applications monitor
critical system voltages and temperatures, and the cooling fans in the system. For information about the
DRAC/MC alert messages, see the Configuration Guide.
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Troubleshooting a Wet System
Problem
•
Liquid spills
•
Splashes
•
Excessive humidity
Action
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
1 Turn off the system.
2 Disconnect the power supplies from the electrical outlets.
CAUTION: Wait until all of the indicators on the power supplies turn off before preceding.
3 Remove all the server modules. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
4 Remove the DRAC/MC module. See "Removing a DRAC/MC Module" on page 61.
5 Remove all I/O modules installed in the system. See "Removing an I/O Module" on page 71.
6 Remove all the fan modules. See "Installing a Fan" on page 61.
7 Remove all the power supply modules. See "Removing a Power Supply Module" on page 58.
8 Let the system dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours.
9 Install all the power supply modules. See "Installing a Power Supply Module" on page 59.
10 Install all the fan modules. See "Installing a Fan" on page 61.
11 Install all the I/O modules in the system. See "Installing an I/O Module" on page 72.
12 Install the DRAC/MC module. See "Installing a DRAC/MC Module" on page 62.
13 Install all the server modules. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
14 Reconnect the power supply modules to their electrical outlets.
If the system does not start up properly, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
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15 Run the Server Administrator diagnostics to confirm that the system is working properly (see "Running
System Diagnostics").
If the tests fail, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Troubleshooting a Damaged System
Problem
•
System was dropped or damaged
Action
1 Ensure that the following components are properly installed and connected:
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DRAC/MC module
•
I/O modules
•
Power supply modules
•
Fan modules
•
Server modules
2 Ensure that all cables are properly connected.
3 Ensure that all components are properly installed and free from damage.
4 Run the online diagnostics. See ""Running System Diagnostics" on page 117."
If the tests fail, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Troubleshooting System Components
The following procedures describe how to troubleshoot the following components:
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Power supply modules
•
Fan modules
•
DRAC/MC module
•
Network switch module
Troubleshooting Power Supply Modules
Problem
•
A power supply module is not operating properly
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Action
NOTICE: The power-supply modules are hot-pluggable. Remove and replace only one power-supply module at a
time in a system that is turned on. Leave a failed power-supply module installed in the chassis until you are ready to
replace it. Operating the system with a power-supply module removed for extended periods of time can cause the
system to overheat.
NOTE: The 2100-W power supply modules require 170-264 V to operate. If they are plugged into 110-V electrical
outlets, the power supply modules do not power up.
1 Locate the faulty power supply module.
The power supply's fault indicator is amber if AC power is available. See Figure 1-6.
If no indicators are lit, ensure that AC power is available from the electrical outlet and that the power
cable is properly connected to the power supply module.
2 Install a new power supply. See "Installing a Power Supply Module" on page 59.
NOTE: After installing a new power supply, allow several seconds for the system to recognize the power
supply and determine whether it is working properly. The power supply DC power indicator turns green if the
power supply is functioning properly. See Figure 1-6.
3 If the problem is not resolved, see "Getting Help" on page 127. for information about obtaining
technical assistance.
Troubleshooting Fan Modules
Problem
•
A fan is not operating properly
Action
NOTICE: The fan modules are hot-pluggable. Remove and replace only one fan module at a time in a system that is
turned on. Operating the system with a fan module removed for extended periods of time can cause the system to
overheat.
1 Locate the faulty fan.
Each fan module has indicators that identify a faulty fan. See Figure 1-7.
2 Reseat the faulty fan. See "Fan Modules" on page 59.
3 If the problem is not resolved, install a new fan.
4 If the new fan does not operate, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
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Troubleshooting the DRAC/MC Module
Problem
•
DRAC/MC module is not operating properly
•
System message indicates a problem with the DRAC/MC module
•
DRAC/MC module cable connections
Action
NOTE: To eliminate the possibility of a hardware problem with the module or its attaching devices, first ensure that
the module is properly initialized and configured. See the Configuration Guide and the documentation that came
with the module before performing the following procedure.
1 Reseat the DRAC/MC module and see if the DRAC/MC module fault indictor turns off. See
"DRAC/MC Module" on page 61. See Figure 1-10 for more information about the module’s indicators.
2 If another DRAC/MC module is available, swap the two modules.
3 If the fault indicator is off, but the serial device connected to the serial port is not properly operating,
go to step 4. If the fault indicator is off, but the network management device connected to the network
interface connector port is not properly operating, go to step 8.
4 Ensure that the serial cable is a null modem cable.
5 Reseat the serial cable to the serial connector on the DRAC/MC module and to the serial device.
6 Connect a known-working null-modem serial cable between the DRAC/MC module and the serial
device.
7 Connect a known-working serial device to the DRAC/MC module.
If the serial device and DRAC/MC module still do not communicate with each other, see "Getting
Help" on page 127.
8 Reseat the network cable to the network connector on the DRAC/MC module and to the network
device.
9 Connect a known-working network cable between the DRAC/MC module and the network device.
10 Connect a known-working network device to the DRAC/MC module.
If the network device and DRAC/MC module still do not communicate with each other, see "Getting
Help" on page 127.
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Troubleshooting a Network Switch Module
Problem
•
System cannot communicate with the network
•
Network cable connections
•
Network switch module and hub configuration settings
Action
NOTE: To eliminate the possibility of a hardware problem with the module or its attaching devices, first ensure that
the module is properly initialized and configured. See the Configuration Guide and the documentation that came
with the module before performing the following procedure.
1 Check the appropriate indicator on the network switch module. See "I/O Connectivity" on page 28 for
a description the indicators for each type of network switch module.
•
If the link indicator displays an error condition, check all cable connections.
See "I/O Connectivity" on page 28 for the link indicator error conditions for your particular
network switch module.
•
Try another connector on the external switch or hub.
•
If the activity indicator does not light, replace the network switch module. See "Chassis I/O
Module" on page 70.
2 If the server module requires a daughter card for a particular network switch module, ensure that the
appropriate daughter card is installed. If so, reseat the daughter card. See "I/O Module Daughter Card"
on page 82.
If the network link indicator on the server module is green, then the server module has a valid link to
the appropriate network switch module.
3 Ensure that the appropriate drivers are installed and the protocols are bound.
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The following procedures describe how to troubleshoot the following components:
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Memory
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Hard drives
•
Microprocessors
•
Server module board
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Battery
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Inside the Server Module
Figure 4-1 shows an interior view of the major components of the server module.
Figure 4-1. Inside the Server Module
1
2
6
5
3
4
1
optional I/O daughter card
2
memory modules
3
microprocessor 2
4
hard drive 0
5
hard drive 1
6
microprocessor 1
The server module board contains up to two microprocessors, eight memory modules, interface
connectors for the hard drives, interface connectors for an optional daughter card, and a dual-Gigabit
NIC. Up to two hard drives connect to a controller on the server module board. If two hard drives are
installed, you have the option of enabling integrated mirroring. See the Configuration Guide. This
feature enables you to have RAID 1 capabilities.
During an installation or troubleshooting procedure, you may be required to change a switch setting. For
more information, see "Server Module Board DIP Switch" on page 122.
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Troubleshooting Server Module Memory
Problem
•
Faulty memory module
•
Faulty server module board
Action
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
NOTE: Before performing the following procedure, ensure that you have installed the memory modules according
to the "General Memory Module Installation Guidelines" on page 78.
1 Restart the server module.
a
Press the power button once to turn off the server module.
b
Press the power button again to apply power to the server module.
If no error messages appear, go to step 8.
2 Enter the System Setup program and check the system memory setting. See "Using the System Setup
Program" on page 43.
If the amount of memory installed matches the system memory setting, go to step 8.
3 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
4 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
5 Reseat the memory modules in their sockets. See "Installing Memory Modules" on page 80.
6 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
7 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
8 Run the system memory test in the system diagnostics. See "Running System Diagnostics" on
page 117.
If the test fails, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
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Troubleshooting Hard Drives
Problem
•
Device driver error
•
Improperly seated hard drive carrier
•
Faulty hard drive or hard-drive carrier
•
Device drivers
Action
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
NOTICE: This troubleshooting procedure can destroy data stored on the hard drive. Before you proceed, back up
all the files on the hard drive, if possible.
1 Run the appropriate controllers test and the hard drive tests in system diagnostics. See "Running
System Diagnostics" on page 117.
If the tests fail, continue to step 3.
2 Take the hard drive offline and wait until the hard-drive indicator codes on the drive carrier signal that
the drive may be removed safely, then remove and reseat the drive carrier in the server module. See
"Hard Drives" on page 89.
3 Restart your server module, enter the System Setup program, and confirm that the integrated drive
controller is enabled. See "Integrated Devices Screen" on page 48.
4 Ensure that any required device drivers are installed and are configured correctly.
NOTICE: Installing a hard drive into another bay will break the mirror if the mirror state is optimal.
5 Remove the hard drive and install it in the other drive bay. See "Hard Drives" on page 89.
6 If the problem is resolved, reinstall the hard drive in the original bay.
If the hard drive functions properly in the original bay, the drive carrier could have intermittent
problems. Replace the drive carrier.
7 If the hard drive is the boot drive, ensure that the drive is configured and connected properly. See
"Configuring the Boot Drive" on page 91.
8 Partition and logically format the hard drive.
9 If possible, restore the files to the drive.
If the problem persists, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
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Troubleshooting Microprocessors
Problem
•
System message indicates a problem with the microprocessor
•
Heat sink is not installed for the microprocessor
Action
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
3 Ensure that the microprocessor(s) and heat sink(s) are properly installed. See "Processors" on page 84.
If your system only has one microprocessor installed, ensure that it is installed in socket PROC_1. See
Figure 6-3.
4 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
5 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
6 Run Quick Tests in the system diagnostics. See "Running System Diagnostics" on page 117.
If the tests fail or the problem persists, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
Troubleshooting the Server Module Board
Problem
•
System message indicates a problem with the server module board
Action
CAUTION: Only trained service technicians are authorized to remove the system cover and access any of the
components inside the system. See your Product Information Guide for complete information about safety
precautions, working inside the computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge.
1 Turn off the server module.
2 Remove and reinstall the server module. See "Server Modules" on page 73.
3 Turn on the server module.
4 Run the system board test in the system diagnostics. See "Running System Diagnostics" on page 117.
If the tests fail, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
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Troubleshooting the Server Module Battery
Problem
•
System message indicates a problem with the battery
•
System Setup program loses system configuration information
•
System date and time do not stay current
Each server module contains a battery, which maintains the server module configuration, date, and time
information in NVRAM when you turn off the server module. You may need to replace the battery if an
incorrect time or date is displayed during the boot routine.
You can operate the server module without a battery; however, the server module configuration
information maintained by the battery in NVRAM is erased each time you remove power from the server
module. Therefore, you must re-enter the system configuration information and reset the options each
time the server module boots until you replace the battery.
Action
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
1 Re-enter the time and date through the System Setup program. See "Using the System Setup Program"
on page 43.
2 Remove the server module for at least one hour. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
3 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
4 Enter the System Setup program.
If the date and time are not correct in the System Setup program, replace the battery. See "Server
Module Battery" on page 88.
If the problem is not resolved by replacing the battery, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
NOTICE: If the server module is turned off for long periods of time (for weeks or months), the NVRAM may lose its
system configuration information. This situation is caused by a defective battery.
NOTE: Some software may cause the server module’s time to speed up or slow down. If the server module seems
to operate normally except for the time kept in the System Setup program, the problem may be caused by software
rather than by a defective battery.
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Running System Diagnostics
If you experience a problem with your server module, run the diagnostics before calling for technical
assistance. The purpose of the diagnostics is to test your server module's hardware without requiring
additional equipment or risking data loss. If you are unable to fix the problem yourself, service and
support personnel can use diagnostics test results to help you solve the problem.
Using Server Administrator Diagnostics
To assess a server module problem, first use the online Server Administrator diagnostics. If you are
unable to identify the problem, then use the system diagnostics.
To access the online diagnostics, log into the Server Administrator home page, and then click the
Diagnostics tab. For information about using diagnostics, see the online help. For additional
information, see the Server Administrator User's Guide.
System Diagnostics Features
The system diagnostics provides a series of menus and options for particular device groups or devices
on a server module. The system diagnostics menus and options allow you to:
•
Run tests individually or collectively
•
Control the sequence of tests
•
Repeat tests
•
Display, print, or save test results
•
Temporarily suspend testing if an error is detected or terminate testing when a user-defined error
limit is reached
•
View help messages that briefly describe each test and its parameters
•
View status messages that inform you if tests are completed successfully
•
View error messages that inform you of problems encountered during testing
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When to Use the System Diagnostics
If a major component or device in the server module does not operate properly, component failure may
be indicated. As long as the microprocessor and the server module's input/output devices (monitor,
keyboard, and diskette drive) are functioning, you can use the system diagnostics to help identify the
problem.
Running the System Diagnostics
The system diagnostics can be run from either the utility partition on your hard drive or a USB flash drive.
NOTICE: Use the system diagnostics to test only your server module. Using this program with other server
modules may cause invalid results or error messages. In addition, use only the program that came with your server
module (or an updated version of that program).
From the Utility Partition
1 As the server module boots, press <F10> during POST.
2 From the utility partition main menu under Run System Utilities, select Run System Diagnostics.
From a USB Flash Drive
NOTE: USB devices can be connected to a server module only through the front-panel custom cable.
1 Format the USB flash drive to emulate a hard drive.
See the documentation that came with your USB flash drive for instructions.
2 Configure the USB flash drive to be a bootable device.
See the documentation that came with your USB flash drive for instructions. Dell also provides a USB
memory key boot utility for download at support.dell.com.
3 Install DKMS DOS on the USB flash drive.
4 Create a directory for the system diagnostics on the USB flash drive.
5 Copy the system diagnostics files into the directory.
6 Ensure that you have the USB flash drive connected to the server module.
7 Enter the System Setup program and ensure that the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type option is set
to Auto and set the USB flash drive as the first device in the Hard-Disk Drive Sequence option.
See "Using the System Setup Program" on page 43 for instructions.
NOTE: If you power up or reboot the server module without the USB flash drive connected to the server
module, you must reset the options in the System Setup program again.
8 Ensure that you have the USB flash drive connected to the server module.
9 Reboot the server module.
If the server module fails to boot, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
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Running System Diagnostics
When you start the system diagnostics, a message is displayed stating that the diagnostics are
initializing. Next, the Diagnostics menu appears. The menu allows you to run all or specific diagnostics
tests or to exit the system diagnostics.
NOTE: Before you read the rest of this section, start the system diagnostics so that you can see the utility on your
screen.
System Diagnostics Testing Options
To select an option from the Diagnostics menu, highlight the option and press <Enter>, or press the
key that corresponds to the highlighted letter in the option.
Table 5-1 provides a brief explanation of testing options.
Table 5-1.
System Diagnostics Testing Options
Testing Option
Function
Quick Tests
Performs a quick check of the server module. Select Test All Devices
and then select Quick Tests. This option runs device tests that do not
require user interaction. Use this option to quickly identify the source
of your problem.
Test One Device
Tests a particular device.
Extended Tests
Performs a more thorough check of the server module. Select Test All
Devices and then select Extended Tests.
Advanced Testing
Checks a particular area of the server module.
Information and Results
Displays test results.
Program Options
Sets various test parameters.
Device Configuration
Displays an overview of the devices in the server module.
Exit to MS-DOS
Exits the diagnostics and returns to the System Utilities menu.
Using the Advanced Testing Options
When you select Advanced Testing from the Diagnostics menu, the main screen of the diagnostics
appears and displays the following information:
•
Two lines at the top of the screen identify the diagnostics utility, the version number, and the system’s
service tag number.
•
The left side of the screen under Device Groups lists the diagnostic device groups in the order that
they are tested if you select All under the Run Tests submenu. Press the up- or down-arrow keys to
highlight a particular device group. Press the left- or right-arrow keys to select the options on the
menu. As you move from one menu option to another, a brief explanation of the highlighted option
appears at the bottom of the screen.
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•
The right side of the screen under Devices for Highlighted Group lists the specific devices within a
particular test group.
•
The menu area consists of two lines at the bottom of the screen. The first line lists the menu options
that you can select; press the left- or right-arrow key to highlight an option. The second line provides
information about the highlighted option.
For more information about a device group or device, highlight the Help option and press <Enter>.
Press <Esc> to return to the previous screen.
Error Messages
When you run a system diagnostics test, you may receive an error message during testing. Record the
message on a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist. For a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist and instructions
for obtaining technical assistance, see "Getting Help" on page 127.
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DIP Switch Settings and Connectors
This section provides detailed information about the sever-module board DIP switch settings. It also
provides some basic information on switches and describes the connectors on the various boards in
the system.
DIP Switch Settings—A General Explanation
DIP switches provide a convenient and reversible way of reconfiguring the circuitry on a printed circuit
board. When reconfiguring the system, you may need to change DIP switch settings on circuit boards or
drives.
DIP Switches
DIP switches are small blocks on a circuit board with one or more slide switches emerging from them.
Each slide switch on the DIP switch is designated by a number. To change a DIP switch setting, move
the appropriate slide switch to either the "on" or "off" position. Figure 6-1 shows an example of a DIP
switch.
Figure 6-1. Example DIP Switch
ON
DIP
1 2 3 4 5 6
Figure 6-2 shows the location and default settings of the sever-module board DIP switch. See
Table 6-1 for information about the DIP switch designations, default settings, and functions.
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Server Module Board DIP Switch
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
Figure 6-2 shows the location of the server-module board DIP switch on the server module board.
Table 6-1 lists the switch settings.
NOTE: Figure 6-2 is oriented as viewed from the front of the server module.
Figure 6-2. Server Module Board DIP Switch
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Table 6-1.
Server-Module DIP Switch Settings
DIP Switch
Setting
PWRD_EN
(Switch 1)
(default)
Description
The password feature is enabled when switch 1 is set to "on."
The password feature is disabled when switch 1 is set to "off."
NVRAM_CLR
(Switch 2)
(default)
The configuration settings in NVRAM are retained at system
boot when switch 2 is set to "off."
The configuration settings in NVRAM are cleared at next
system boot when switch 2 is set to "on."
"on"
"off"
Server Module Board Connectors
See Figure 6-3 and Table 6-1 for the location and description of the server module board connectors.
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Figure 6-3. Server Module Board Connectors
4
3
1
2
5
6
7
8
20
9
10
11
12
19
18
13
17
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14
16
15
Table 6-2.
System Board Connectors
Connector
Description
1
PASSWD
(switch 1)
password switch 1
2
NVRAM_CLR
(switch 2)
clear NVRAM switch 2
3
CON2
Midplane connectors 2
4
CON1
Midplane connectors 1
5
DIMM 1
Memory module connector, slot 1
6
DIMM 5
Memory module connector, slot 5
7
DIMM 2
Memory module connector, slot 2
8
DIMM 6
Memory module connector, slot 6
9
DIMM 3
Memory module connector, slot 3
10
DIMM 7
Memory module connector, slot 7
11
DIMM 4
Memory module connector, slot 4
12
DIMM 8
Memory module connector, slot 8
13
CPU1
Processor 1 connector
14
CTRL_PNL
Front control panel cable connector
15
SAS_0
Hard drive 0 connector
16
TOE_KEY
Hardware key socket for enabling the integrated NIC TOE feature
17
SAS_1
Hard drive 1 connector
18
CPU2
Processor 2 connector
19
BATTERY
Connector for the 3.0-V coin battery
20
J7039, J7040
Daughter card connectors
NOTE: For the full name of an abbreviation or acronym used in this table, see the "Glossary" on page 149.
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Disabling a Forgotten Password
The server module's software security features include a system password and a setup password, which
are discussed in detail in "Using the System Setup Program" on page 43. The password jumper enables
these password features or disables them and clears any password(s) currently in use.
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform
troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or
telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your
warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the product.
1 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
2 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
3 If a daughter card is installed on the server module board, remove the daughter card. See "Removing a
Daughter Card" on page 83.
4 Use a small plastic scribe to move the password switch 1 to the "off" position.
See Figure 6-3 to locate the password switch 1 on the server module board.
5 If you removed a daughter card from the server module board, reinstall it. See "Installing a Daughter
Card" on page 82.
6 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
7 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
When the server module is on, the power-on indicator is solid green. Allow the server module to finish
booting.
The existing passwords are not disabled (erased) until the system boots with the password switch 1 to
the "off" position. However, before you assign a new system and/or setup password, you must move the
password switch 1 to the "on" position.
NOTE: If you assign a new system and/or setup password with the switch 1 still in to the "off" position, the
system disables the new password(s) the next time it boots.
8 Remove the server module. See "Removing a Server Module" on page 73.
9 Open the server module. See "Opening the Server Module" on page 75.
10 If a daughter card is installed on the server module board, remove the daughter card. See "Removing a
Daughter Card" on page 83.
11 Use a small plastic scribe to return the password switch 1 to the "on" position.
12 If you removed a daughter card from the server module board, reinstall it. See "Installing a Daughter
Card" on page 82.
13 Close the server module. See "Closing the Server Module" on page 76.
14 Install the server module. See "Installing a Server Module" on page 74.
15 Assign a new system and/or setup password. See "System and Setup Password Features" on page 51.
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Getting Help
Technical Assistance
If you need assistance with a technical problem, perform the following steps:
1 Complete the procedures in "Troubleshooting Your System" on page 101.
2 Run the system diagnostics and record any information provided.
3 Make a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist, and fill it out.
4 Use Dell's extensive suite of online services available at Dell Support at support.dell.com for help
with installation and troubleshooting procedures.
For more information, see "Online Services" on page 127.
5 If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, call Dell for technical assistance.
NOTE: Call technical support from a phone near or at the system so that technical support can assist you with any
necessary procedures.
NOTE: Dell’s Express Service Code system may not be available in all countries.
When prompted by Dell's automated telephone system, enter your Express Service Code to route the
call directly to the proper support personnel. If you do not have an Express Service Code, open the Dell
Accessories folder, double-click the Express Service Code icon, and follow the directions.
For instructions on using the technical support service, see "Technical Support Service" on page 128 and
"Before You Call" on page 129.
NOTE: Some of the following services are not always available in all locations outside the continental U.S. Call your
local Dell representative for information on availability.
Online Services
You can access Dell Support at support.dell.com. Select your region on the WELCOME TO DELL
SUPPORT page, and fill in the requested details to access help tools and information.
You can contact Dell electronically using the following addresses:
•
World Wide Web
www.dell.com/
www.dell.com/ap/ (Asian/Pacific countries only)
www.dell.com/jp (Japan only)
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www.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
www.dell.com/la (Latin American countries)
www.dell.ca (Canada only)
•
Anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP)
ftp.dell.com/
Log in as user:anonymous, and use your e-mail address as your password.
•
Electronic Support Service
[email protected]
[email protected] (Asian/Pacific countries only)
support.jp.dell.com (Japan only)
support.euro.dell.com (Europe only)
•
Electronic Quote Service
[email protected] (Asian/Pacific countries only)
[email protected] (Canada only)
AutoTech Service
Dell's automated technical support service—AutoTech—provides recorded answers to the questions most
frequently asked by Dell customers about their portable and desktop computer systems.
When you call AutoTech, use your touch-tone telephone to select the subjects that correspond to your
questions.
The AutoTech service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also access this service through the
technical support service. See the contact information for your region.
Automated Order-Status Service
To check on the status of any Dell™ products that you have ordered, you can go to support.dell.com, or you
can call the automated order-status service. A recording prompts you for the information needed to locate
and report on your order. See the contact information for your region.
Technical Support Service
Dell's technical support service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions about
Dell hardware. Our technical support staff use computer-based diagnostics to provide fast, accurate answers.
To contact Dell's technical support service, see "Before You Call" on page 129 and then see the contact
information for your region.
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Dell Enterprise Training and Certification
Dell Enterprise Training and Certification is available; see www.dell.com/training for more information.
This service may not be offered in all locations.
Problems With Your Order
If you have a problem with your order, such as missing parts, wrong parts, or incorrect billing, contact Dell
for customer assistance. Have your invoice or packing slip available when you call. See the contact
information for your region.
Product Information
If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if you would like to place an order,
visit the Dell website at www.dell.com. For the telephone number to call to speak to a sales specialist, see the
contact information for your region.
Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit
Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows:
1 Call Dell to obtain a Return Material Authorization Number, and write it clearly and prominently on
the outside of the box.
For the telephone number to call, see the contact information for your region.
2 Include a copy of the invoice and a letter describing the reason for the return.
3 Include a copy of any diagnostic information (including the Diagnostics Checklist) indicating the tests
you have run and any error messages reported by the system diagnostics.
4 Include any accessories that belong with the item(s) being returned (such as power cables, media such
as CDs and diskettes, and guides) if the return is for credit.
5 Pack the equipment to be returned in the original (or equivalent) packing materials.
You are responsible for paying shipping expenses. You are also responsible for insuring any product
returned, and you assume the risk of loss during shipment to Dell. Collect-on-delivery (C.O.D.)
packages are not accepted.
Returns that are missing any of the preceding requirements will be refused at our receiving dock and
returned to you.
Before You Call
NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dell's automated-support telephone
system direct your call more efficiently.
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Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist. If possible, turn on your system before you call Dell for
technical assistance and call from a telephone at or near the computer. You may be asked to type some
commands at the keyboard, relay detailed information during operations, or try other troubleshooting steps
possible only at the computer system itself. Ensure that the system documentation is available.
CAUTION: Before servicing any components inside your computer, see your Product Information Guide for
important safety information.
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Diagnostics Checklist
Name:
Date:
Address:
Phone number:
Service Tag (bar code on the back of the computer):
Express Service Code:
Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician):
Operating system and version:
Peripherals:
Expansion cards:
Are you connected to a network? Yes No
Network, version, and network card:
Programs and versions:
See your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the system’s start-up
files. If possible, print each file. Otherwise, record the contents of each file before calling Dell.
Error message or diagnostic code:
Description of problem and troubleshooting procedures you performed:
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Contacting Dell
To contact Dell electronically, you can access the following websites:
•
www.dell.com
•
support.dell.com (technical support)
•
premiersupport.dell.com (technical support for educational, government, healthcare, and
medium/large business customers, including Premier, Platinum, and Gold customers)
For specific web addresses for your country, find the appropriate country section in the table below.
NOTE: Toll-free numbers are for use within the country for which they are listed.
NOTE: In certain countries, technical support specific to Dell XPS portable computers is available at a separate
telephone number listed for participating countries. If you do not see a telephone number listed that is specific for XPS
portable computers, you may contact Dell through the technical support number listed and your call will be routed
appropriately.
When you need to contact Dell, use the electronic addresses, telephone numbers, and codes provided in the
following table. If you need assistance in determining which codes to use, contact a local or an international
operator.
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Anguilla
General Support
toll-free: 800-335-0031
Antigua and Barbuda
General Support
1-800-805-5924
Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Website: www.dell.com.ar
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 54
E-mail for desktop and portable computers:
[email protected]
City Code: 11
E-mail for servers and EMC® storage products:
[email protected]
Customer Care
toll-free: 0-800-444-0730
Technical Support
toll-free: 0-800-444-0733
Technical Support Services
toll-free: 0-800-444-0724
Sales
Aruba
132
General Support
Getting Help
0-810-444-3355
toll-free: 800-1578
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Australia (Sydney)
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 0011 E-mail: support.ap.dell.com/contactus
Country Code: 61
General Support
13DELL-133355
City Code: 2
Austria (Vienna)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 900
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 43
Home/Small Business Sales
0820 240 530 00
City Code: 1
Home/Small Business Fax
0820 240 530 49
Home/Small Business Customer Care
0820 240 530 14
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care
0820 240 530 16
Support for XPS portable computers only
0820 240 530 81
Home/Small Business Support for all other Dell
computers
0820 240 530 14
Preferred Accounts/Corporate Support
Switchboard
0660 8779
0820 240 530 00
Bahamas
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6818
Barbados
General Support
1-800-534-3066
Belgium (Brussels)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Tech Support for XPS portable computers only
02 481 92 96
Country Code: 32
Tech Support for all other Dell computers
02 481 92 88
City Code: 2
Tech Support Fax
02 481 92 95
Customer Care
02 713 15 65
Corporate Sales
02 481 91 00
Fax
02 481 92 99
Switchboard
02 481 91 00
Bermuda
General Support
1-800-342-0671
Bolivia
General Support
toll-free: 800-10-0238
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Brazil
Website: www.dell.com/br
International Access Code: 00
Customer Support, Tech Support
Country Code: 55
City Code: 51
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
0800 90 3355
Technical Support Fax
51 481 5470
Customer Care Fax
51 481 5480
Sales
0800 90 3390
British Virgin Islands
General Support
Brunei
Technical Support (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4966
Country Code: 673
Customer Care (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4888
Transaction Sales (Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4955
Canada (North York, Ontario)
Online Order Status: www.dell.ca/ostatus
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (automated Hardware and Warranty
Support)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
Customer Service (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Customer Service (med./large business,
government)
toll-free: 1-800-326-9463
Customer Service (printers, projectors, televisions,
handhelds, digital jukebox, and wireless)
toll-free: 1-800-847-4096
Hardware Warranty Support (Home Sales/Small
Business)
toll-free: 1-800-906-3355
Hardware Warranty Support (med./large bus.,
government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5757
Hardware Warranty Support (printers, projectors,
televisions, handhelds, digital jukebox, and wireless)
toll-free: 1-866-278-6820
1-877-335-5767
Sales (Home Sales/Small Business)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5752
Sales (med./large bus., government)
toll-free: 1-800-387-5755
Spare Parts Sales & Extended Service Sales
1 866 440 3355
Cayman Islands
General Support
1-800-805-7541
Chile (Santiago)
Sales and Customer Support
Country Code: 56
City Code: 2
134
Getting Help
toll-free: 1230-020-4823
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
China (Xiamen)
Technical Support website: support.dell.com.cn
Country Code: 86
Technical Support E-mail: [email protected]
City Code: 592
Customer Care E-mail: [email protected]
Technical Support Fax
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
592 818 1350
Technical Support (Dell™ Dimension™ and
Inspiron)
toll-free: 800 858 2968
Technical Support (OptiPlex™, Latitude™, and
Dell Precision™)
toll-free: 800 858 0950
Technical Support (servers and storage)
toll-free: 800 858 0960
Technical Support (projectors, PDAs, switches,
routers, and so on)
toll-free: 800 858 2920
Technical Support (printers)
toll-free: 800 858 2311
Customer Care
toll-free: 800 858 2060
Customer Care Fax
592 818 1308
Home and Small Business
toll-free: 800 858 2222
Preferred Accounts Division
toll-free: 800 858 2557
Large Corporate Accounts GCP
toll-free: 800 858 2055
Large Corporate Accounts Key Accounts
toll-free: 800 858 2628
Large Corporate Accounts North
toll-free: 800 858 2999
Large Corporate Accounts North Government and
Education
toll-free: 800 858 2955
Large Corporate Accounts East
toll-free: 800 858 2020
Large Corporate Accounts East Government and
Education
toll-free: 800 858 2669
Large Corporate Accounts Queue Team
toll-free: 800 858 2572
Large Corporate Accounts South
toll-free: 800 858 2355
Large Corporate Accounts West
toll-free: 800 858 2811
Large Corporate Accounts Spare Parts
toll-free: 800 858 2621
Colombia
General Support
980-9-15-3978
Costa Rica
General Support
0800-012-0435
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Czech Republic (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 420
Technical Support
22537 2727
Customer Care
22537 2707
Fax
22537 2714
Technical Fax
22537 2728
Switchboard
22537 2711
Denmark (Copenhagen)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
7010 0074
Country Code: 45
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
7023 0182
Customer Care (Relational)
7023 0184
Home/Small Business Customer Care
3287 5505
Switchboard (Relational)
3287 1200
Switchboard Fax (Relational)
3287 1201
Switchboard (Home/Small Business)
3287 5000
Switchboard Fax (Home/Small Business)
3287 5001
Dominica
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6821
Dominican Republic
General Support
1-800-148-0530
Ecuador
General Support
toll-free: 999-119
El Salvador
General Support
01-899-753-0777
Finland (Helsinki)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 990
Technical Support
09 253 313 60
Country Code: 358
Customer Care
09 253 313 38
City Code: 9
Fax
09 253 313 99
Switchboard
09 253 313 00
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
France (Paris) (Montpellier)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 33
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
0825 387 129
City Codes: (1) (4)
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
0825 387 270
Customer Care
0825 823 833
Switchboard
Switchboard (calls from outside of France)
0825 004 700
04 99 75 40 00
Sales
0825 004 700
Fax
0825 004 701
Fax (calls from outside of France)
04 99 75 40 01
Corporate
Technical Support
0825 004 719
Customer Care
0825 338 339
Switchboard
01 55 94 71 00
Sales
01 55 94 71 00
Fax
01 55 94 71 01
Germany (Langen)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 49
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
06103 766-7222
City Code: 6103
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
06103 766-7200
Home/Small Business Customer Care
0180-5-224400
Global Segment Customer Care
06103 766-9570
Preferred Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9420
Large Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9560
Public Accounts Customer Care
06103 766-9555
Switchboard
06103 766-7000
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Greece
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
00800-44 14 95 18
Country Code: 30
Gold Service Technical Support
00800-44 14 00 83
Switchboard
2108129810
Gold Service Switchboard
2108129811
Sales
2108129800
Fax
2108129812
Grenada
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
Guatemala
General Support
1-800-999-0136
Guyana
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
Hong Kong
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 852
Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)
2969 3188
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
2969 3191
Technical Support (PowerApp™, PowerEdge™,
PowerConnect™, and PowerVault™)
2969 3196
Customer Care
3416 0910
Large Corporate Accounts
3416 0907
Global Customer Programs
3416 0908
Medium Business Division
3416 0912
Home and Small Business Division
2969 3105
India
E-mail: [email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Technical Support
1600338045
and 1600448046
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Sales (Large Corporate Accounts)
1600 33 8044
Sales (Home and Small Business)
1600 33 8046
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Ireland (Cherrywood)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 353
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
1850 200 722
City Code: 1
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
1850 543 543
U.K. Technical Support (dial within U.K. only)
0870 908 0800
Home User Customer Care
01 204 4014
Small Business Customer Care
01 204 4014
U.K. Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
Corporate Customer Care
Corporate Customer Care (dial within U.K. only)
0870 906 0010
1850 200 982
0870 907 4499
Ireland Sales
U.K. Sales (dial within U.K. only)
01 204 4444
0870 907 4000
Fax/Sales Fax
01 204 0103
Switchboard
01 204 4444
Italy (Milan)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 39
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
City Code: 02
Customer Care
02 696 821 14
Fax
02 696 821 13
Switchboard
02 696 821 12
Corporate
Technical Support
02 577 826 90
Customer Care
02 577 825 55
Fax
02 575 035 30
Switchboard
Jamaica
General Support (dial from within Jamaica only)
02 577 821
1-800-682-3639
Getting Help
139
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Japan (Kawasaki)
Website: support.jp.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (servers)
Country Code: 81
Technical Support outside of Japan (servers)
City Code: 44
Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dimension and
Inspiron)
Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and
Latitude)
Technical Support outside of Japan (Dell Precision,
OptiPlex, and Latitude)
Technical Support (PDAs, projectors, printers,
routers)
Technical Support outside of Japan (PDAs,
projectors, printers, routers)
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
toll-free: 0120-198-498
81-44-556-4162
toll-free: 0120-198-226
81-44-520-1435
toll-free:0120-198-433
81-44-556-3894
toll-free: 0120-981-690
81-44-556-3468
Faxbox Service
044-556-3490
24-Hour Automated Order Service
044-556-3801
Customer Care
044-556-4240
Business Sales Division (up to 400 employees)
044-556-1465
Preferred Accounts Division Sales (over 400
employees)
044-556-3433
Large Corporate Accounts Sales (over 3500
employees)
044-556-3430
Public Sales (government agencies, educational
institutions, and medical institutions)
044-556-1469
Global Segment Japan
044-556-3469
Individual User
044-556-1760
Switchboard
044-556-4300
Korea (Seoul)
E-mail: [email protected]
International Access Code: 001
Support
toll-free: 080-200-3800
Country Code: 82
Support (Dimension, PDA, Electronics and
Accessories)
toll-free: 080-200-3801
Sales
toll-free: 080-200-3600
City Code: 2
140
Getting Help
Fax
2194-6202
Switchboard
2194-6000
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Latin America
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Customer Technical Support (Austin, Texas,
U.S.A.)
512 728-4093
Customer Service (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3619
Fax (Technical Support and Customer Service)
(Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-3883
Sales (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4397
SalesFax (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)
512 728-4600
or 512 728-3772
Luxembourg
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Support
Country Code: 352
Home/Small Business Sales
342 08 08 075
+32 (0)2 713 15 96
Corporate Sales
26 25 77 81
Customer Care
+32 (0)2 481 91 19
Fax
26 25 77 82
Macao
Technical Support
toll-free: 0800 105
Country Code: 853
Customer Service (Xiamen, China)
34 160 910
Transaction Sales (Xiamen, China)
29 693 115
Malaysia (Penang)
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and
Latitude)
toll-free: 1 800 880 193
Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and
Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 1 800 881 306
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 881 386
Customer Care
toll-free: 1800 881 306
(option 6)
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 202
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 888 213
Country Code: 60
City Code: 4
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Mexico
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Customer Technical Support
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 52
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
Sales
50-81-8800
or 01-800-888-3355
Customer Service
001-877-384-8979
or 001-877-269-3383
Main
50-81-8800
or 01-800-888-3355
Montserrat
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-278-6822
Netherlands Antilles
General Support
001-800-882-1519
Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
020 674 45 94
Country Code: 31
Technical Support for all other Dell computers
020 674 45 00
City Code: 20
Technical Support Fax
020 674 47 66
Home/Small Business Customer Care
020 674 42 00
Relational Customer Care
020 674 4325
Home/Small Business Sales
020 674 55 00
Relational Sales
020 674 50 00
Home/Small Business Sales Fax
020 674 47 75
Relational Sales Fax
020 674 47 50
Switchboard
020 674 50 00
Switchboard Fax
020 674 47 50
New Zealand
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: support.ap.dell.com/contactus
Country Code: 64
General Support
0800 441 567
Nicaragua
General Support
001-800-220-1006
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Norway (Lysaker)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
815 35 043
Country Code: 47
Technical Support for all other Dell products
671 16882
Relational Customer Care
671 17575
Home/Small Business Customer Care
23162298
Switchboard
671 16800
Fax Switchboard
671 16865
Panama
General Support
001-800-507-0962
Peru
General Support
0800-50-669
Poland (Warsaw)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 011
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 48
Customer Service Phone
57 95 700
City Code: 22
Customer Care
57 95 999
Sales
57 95 999
Customer Service Fax
57 95 806
Reception Desk Fax
57 95 998
Switchboard
57 95 999
Portugal
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support
Country Code: 351
Customer Care
Sales
707200149
800 300 413
800 300 410 or 800 300 411 or
800 300 412 or 21 422 07 10
Fax
21 424 01 12
Puerto Rico
General Support
1-800-805-7545
St. Kitts and Nevis
General Support
toll-free: 1-877-441-4731
St. Lucia
General Support
1-800-882-1521
St. Vincent and the Grenadines General Support
toll-free: 1-877-270-4609
Getting Help
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Singapore (Singapore)
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 005
Technical Support (Dimension, Inspiron, and
Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 1800 394 7430
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
toll-free: 1800 394 7488
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 394 7478
Country Code: 65
Customer Care
toll-free: 1 800 394 7430
(option 6)
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1 800 394 7412
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1 800 394 7419
Slovakia (Prague)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 421
Technical Support
Customer Care
02 5441 5727
420 22537 2707
Fax
02 5441 8328
Tech Fax
02 5441 8328
Switchboard (Sales)
02 5441 7585
South Africa (Johannesburg)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code:
E-mail: [email protected]
09/091
Gold Queue
011 709 7713
Country Code: 27
Technical Support
011 709 7710
City Code: 11
Customer Care
011 709 7707
Sales
011 709 7700
Fax
011 706 0495
Switchboard
011 709 7700
Technical Support, Customer Service, and Sales
(Penang, Malaysia)
604 633 4810
Southeast Asian and Pacific
Countries
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Spain (Madrid)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Home and Small Business
Country Code: 34
Technical Support
902 100 130
City Code: 91
Customer Care
902 118 540
Sales
902 118 541
Switchboard
902 118 541
Fax
902 118 539
Corporate
902 100 130
Technical Support
Customer Care
902 115 236
Switchboard
91 722 92 00
Fax
91 722 95 83
Sweden (Upplands Vasby)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
0771 340 340
Country Code: 46
Technical Support for all other Dell products
08 590 05 199
City Code: 8
Relational Customer Care
08 590 05 642
Home/Small Business Customer Care
08 587 70 527
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Support
20 140 14 44
Technical Support Fax
08 590 05 594
Sales
08 590 05 185
Switzerland (Geneva)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 41
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
0848 33 88 57
City Code: 22
Technical Support (Home and Small Business) for
all other Dell products
0844 811 411
Technical Support (Corporate)
0844 822 844
Customer Care (Home and Small Business)
0848 802 202
Customer Care (Corporate)
0848 821 721
Fax
022 799 01 90
Switchboard
022 799 01 01
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Taiwan
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 002
E-mail: [email protected]
Country Code: 886
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, Inspiron,
Dimension, and Electronics and Accessories)
toll-free: 00801 86 1011
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 00801 60 1256
Customer Care
toll-free: 00801 60 1250
(option 5)
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 00801 65 1228
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 00801 651 227
Thailand
Website: support.ap.dell.com
International Access Code: 001
Technical Support (OptiPlex, Latitude, and Dell
Precision)
toll-free: 1800 0060 07
Technical Support (PowerApp, PowerEdge,
PowerConnect, and PowerVault)
toll-free: 1800 0600 09
Customer Care
toll-free: 1800 006 007
(option 7)
Corporate Sales
toll-free: 1800 006 009
Country Code: 66
Transaction Sales
toll-free: 1800 006 006
Trinidad/Tobago
General Support
1-800-805-8035
Turks and Caicos Islands
General Support
toll-free: 1-866-540-3355
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Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
U.K. (Bracknell)
Website: support.euro.dell.com
International Access Code: 00
Country Code: 44
Customer Care website:
support.euro.dell.com/uk/en/ECare/Form/Home.asp
City Code: 1344
E-mail: [email protected]
Uruguay
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
Technical Support (Corporate/Preferred
Accounts/PAD [1000+ employees])
0870 908 0500
Technical Support for XPS portable computers only
0870 366 4180
Technical Support (direct and general) for all other
products
0870 908 0800
Global Accounts Customer Care
01344 373 186
Home and Small Business Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Corporate Customer Care
01344 373 185
Preferred Accounts (500–5000 employees)
Customer Care
0870 906 0010
Central Government Customer Care
01344 373 193
Local Government & Education Customer Care
01344 373 199
Health Customer Care
01344 373 194
Home and Small Business Sales
0870 907 4000
Corporate/Public Sector Sales
01344 860 456
Home and Small Business Fax
0870 907 4006
General Support
toll-free: 000-413-598-2521
Getting Help
147
Country (City)
International Access Code
Country Code
City Code
Department Name or Service Area,
Website and E-Mail Address
Area Codes,
Local Numbers, and
Toll-Free Numbers
U.S.A. (Austin, Texas)
Automated Order-Status Service
toll-free: 1-800-433-9014
International Access Code: 011
AutoTech (portable and desktop computers)
toll-free: 1-800-247-9362
Country Code: 1
Hardware and Warranty Support (Dell TV,
Printers, and Projectors) for Relationship
customers
toll-free 1-877-459-7298
Consumer (Home and Home Office) Support for
all other Dell products
toll-free: 1-800-624-9896
Customer Service
toll-free: 1-800-624-9897
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Financial Services website:
www.dellfinancialservices.com
Financial Services (lease/loans)
toll-free: 1-877-577-3355
Financial Services (Dell Preferred Accounts [DPA])
toll-free: 1-800-283-2210
Business
Customer Service and Support
toll-free: 1-800-456-3355
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Printers and Projectors Support
toll-free: 1-877-459-7298
Public (government, education, and healthcare)
Customer Service and Support
toll-free: 1-800-456-3355
Employee Purchase Program (EPP) Customers
toll-free: 1-800-695-8133
Dell Sales
toll-free: 1-800-289-3355
or toll-free: 1-800-879-3355
Dell Outlet Store (Dell refurbished computers)
toll-free: 1-888-798-7561
Software and Peripherals Sales
toll-free: 1-800-671-3355
Spare Parts Sales
toll-free: 1-800-357-3355
Extended Service and Warranty Sales
toll-free: 1-800-247-4618
Fax
Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or
Speech-Impaired
toll-free: 1-800-727-8320
toll-free: 1-877-DELLTTY
(1-877-335-5889)
U.S. Virgin Islands
General Support
1-877-673-3355
Venezuela
General Support
8001-3605
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Glossary
This section defines or identifies technical terms,
abbreviations, and acronyms used in your system
documents.
A — Ampere(s).
AC — Alternating current.
ACPI — Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. A
standard interface for enabling the operating system to
direct configuration and power management.
ambient temperature — The temperature of the area or
room where the system is located.
ANSI — American National Standards Institute. The
primary organization for developing technology standards
in the U.S.
application — Software designed to help you perform a
specific task or series of tasks. Applications run from the
operating system.
ASCII — American Standard Code for Information
Interchange.
asset tag — An individual code assigned to a system,
usually by an administrator, for security or tracking
purposes.
backup — A copy of a program or data file. As a
precaution, back up your system’s hard drive on a regular
basis. Before making a change to the configuration of your
system, back up important start-up files from your
operating system.
backup battery — A battery that maintains system
configuration, date, and time information in a special
section of memory when the system is turned off.
BIOS — Basic input/output system. Your system’s BIOS
contains programs stored on a flash memory chip. The
BIOS controls the following:
• Communications between the processor and
peripheral devices
• Miscellaneous functions, such as system messages
bit — The smallest unit of information interpreted by
your system.
blade — A module that contains a processor, memory, and
a hard drive. The modules are mounted into a chassis that
includes power supplies and fans.
BMC — Baseboard management controller.
boot routine — A program that clears all memory,
initializes devices, and loads the operating system when
you start your system. Unless the operating system fails to
respond, you can reboot (also called warm boot) your
system by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><Del>. Otherwise, you
must restart the system by pressing the reset button or by
turning the system off and then back on.
bootable diskette — A diskette that is used to start your
system if the system will not boot from the hard drive.
BTU — British thermal unit.
bus — An information pathway between the components
of a system. Your system contains an expansion bus that
allows the processor to communicate with controllers for
the peripheral devices connected to the system. Your
system also contains an address bus and a data bus for
communications between the processor and RAM.
C — Celsius.
cache — A fast storage area that keeps a copy of data or
instructions for quick data retrieval. When a program
makes a request to a disk drive for data that is in the
cache, the disk-cache utility can retrieve the data from
RAM faster than from the disk drive.
CD — Compact disc. CD drives use optical technology to
read data from CDs.
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cm — Centimeter(s).
DIN — Deutsche Industrie Norm.
cmos — Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor.
directory — Directories help keep related files organized
on a disk in a hierarchical, “inverted tree” structure. Each
disk has a “root” directory. Additional directories that
branch off the root directory are called subdirectories.
Subdirectories may contain additional directories
branching off them.
component — As they relate to DMI, components
include operating systems, computer systems, expansion
cards, and peripherals that are compatible with DMI.
Each component is made up of groups and attributes that
are defined as relevant to that component.
COMn — The device names for the serial ports on your
system.
control panel — The part of the system that contains
indicators and controls, such as the power button and
power indicator.
controller — A chip that controls the transfer of data
between the processor and memory or between the
processor and a peripheral.
conventional memory — The first 640 KB of RAM.
Conventional memory is found in all systems. Unless they
are specially designed, MS-DOS® programs are limited to
running in conventional memory.
coprocessor — A chip that relieves the system’s processor
of specific processing tasks. A math coprocessor, for
example, handles numeric processing.
CPU — Central processing unit. See processor.
DC — Direct current.
DMA — Direct memory access. A DMA channel allows
certain types of data transfer between RAM and a device
to bypass the processor.
DMI — Desktop Management Interface. DMI enables
the management of your system’s software and hardware
by collecting information about the system’s components,
such as the operating system, memory, peripherals,
expansion cards, and asset tag.
DNS — Domain Name System. A method of translating
Internet domain names, such as www.dell.com, into IP
addresses, such as 143.166.83.200.
DRAM — Dynamic random-access memory. A system’s
RAM is usually made up entirely of DRAM chips.
DVD — Digital versatile disc.
ECC — Error checking and correction.
EEPROM — Electronically erasable programmable readonly memory.
DDR — Double-data rate. A technology in memory
modules that potentially doubles the output.
EMC — Electromagnetic compatibility.
device driver — A program that allows the operating
system or some other program to interface correctly with a
peripheral. Some device drivers—such as network
drivers—must be loaded from the config.sys file or as
memory-resident programs (usually, from the
autoexec.bat file). Others must load when you start the
program for which they were designed.
ERA — Embedded remote access. ERA allows you to
perform remote, or "out-of-band," server management on
your network server using a remote access controller.
DHCP — Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A
method of automatically assigning an IP address to a
client system.
diagnostics — A comprehensive set of tests for your
system.
DIMM — Dual in-line memory module. See also memory
module.
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EMI — Electromagnetic interference.
ESD — Electrostatic discharge.
ESM — Embedded server management.
expansion bus — Your system contains an expansion bus
that allows the processor to communicate with controllers
for peripherals, such as NICs.
expansion card — An add-in card that plugs into an
expansion-card connector on the system board. An
expansion card adds some specialized function to the
system by providing an interface between the expansion
bus and a peripheral.
expansion-card connector — A connector on the system
board or riser board for plugging in an expansion card.
F — Fahrenheit.
FAT — File allocation table. The file system structure
used by MS-DOS to organize and keep track of file
storage. The Microsoft® Windows® operating systems can
optionally use a FAT file system structure.
flash memory — A type of EEPROM chip that can be
reprogrammed from a utility on diskette while still
installed in a system; most EEPROM chips can only be
rewritten with special programming equipment.
format — To prepare a hard drive or diskette for storing
files. An unconditional format deletes all data stored on
the disk.
FSB — Front-side bus. The FSB is the data path and
physical interface between the processor and the main
memory (RAM).
ft — Feet.
FTP — File transfer protocol.
headless system — A system or device that functions
without having a keyboard, mouse, or monitor attached.
Normally, headless systems are managed over a network
using an Internet browser.
host adapter — A host adapter implements
communication between the system’s bus and the
controller for a peripheral device. (Hard-drive controller
subsystems include integrated host adapter circuitry.)
Hz — Hertz.
I/O — Input/output. A keyboard is an input device, and a
monitor is an output device. In general, I/O activity can be
differentiated from computational activity.
ID — Identification.
IDE — Integrated drive electronics. A standard interface
between the system board and storage devices.
integrated mirroring — Provides simultaneous physical
mirroring of two drives. Integrated mirroring functionality
is provided by the system’s hardware. See also mirroring.
g — Gram(s).
internal processor cache — An instruction and data cache
built into the processor.
G — Gravities.
IP — Internet Protocol.
Gb — Gigabit(s); 1024 megabits or 1,073,741,824 bits.
IPX — Internet package exchange.
GB — Gigabyte(s); 1024 megabytes or 1,073,741,824
bytes. However, when referring to hard-drive capacity, the
term is usually rounded to 1,000,000,000 bytes.
IRQ — Interrupt request. A signal that data is about to be
sent to or received by a peripheral device travels by an IRQ
line to the processor. Each peripheral connection must be
assigned an IRQ number. Two devices can share the same
IRQ assignment, but you cannot operate both devices
simultaneously.
graphics mode — A video mode that can be defined as x
horizontal by y vertical pixels by z colors.
group — As it relates to DMI, a group is a data structure
that defines common information, or attributes, about a
manageable component.
guarding — A type of data redundancy in which a set of
physical drives stores data and an additional drive stores
parity data. See also mirroring, striping, and RAID.
h — Hexadecimal. A base-16 numbering system, often
used in programming to identify addresses in the system’s
RAM and I/O memory addresses for devices. In text,
hexadecimal numbers are often followed by h.
jumper — Small blocks on a circuit board with two or
more pins emerging from them. Plastic plugs containing a
wire fit down over the pins. The wire connects the pins
and creates a circuit, providing a simple and reversible
method of changing the circuitry in a board.
K — Kilo-; 1000.
Kb — Kilobit(s); 1024 bits.
KB — Kilobyte(s); 1024 bytes.
Kbps — Kilobit(s) per second.
KBps — Kilobyte(s) per second.
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key combination — A command requiring you to press
multiple keys at the same time (for example,
<Ctrl><Alt><Del>).
MB — Megabyte(s); 1,048,576 bytes. However, when
referring to hard-drive capacity, the term is often rounded
to mean 1,000,000 bytes.
kg — Kilogram(s); 1000 grams.
Mbps — Megabits per second.
kHz — Kilohertz.
MBps — Megabytes per second.
KMM — Keyboard/monitor/mouse.
MBR — Master boot record.
KVM — Keyboard/video/mouse. KVM refers to a switch
that allows selection of the system from which the video
is displayed and for which the keyboard and mouse are
used.
memory address — A specific location, usually expressed
as a hexadecimal number, in the system’s RAM.
LAN — Local area network. A LAN is usually confined to
the same building or a few nearby buildings, with all
equipment linked by wiring dedicated specifically to the
LAN.
memory — An area in your system that stores basic system
data. A system can contain several different forms of
memory, such as integrated memory (ROM and RAM)
and add-in memory modules (DIMMs).
lb — Pound(s).
MHz — Megahertz.
LCD — Liquid crystal display.
mirroring — A type of data redundancy in which a set of
physical drives stores data and one or more sets of
additional drives stores duplicate copies of the data.
Mirroring functionality is provided by software. See also
guarding, integrated mirroring, striping, and RAID.
LED — Light-emitting diode. An electronic device that
lights up when a current is passed through it.
LGA — Land grid array. A type of processor socket. Unlike
the PGA interface, the LGA interface has no pins on the
chip; instead, the chip has pads that contact pins on the
system board.
Linux — A UNIX-like operating system that runs on a
variety of hardware systems. Linux is open source
software, which is freely available; however, the full
distribution of Linux along with technical support and
training are available for a fee from vendors such as
Red Hat Software.
local bus — On a system with local-bus expansion
capability, certain peripheral devices (such as the video
adapter circuitry) can be designed to run much faster than
they would with a traditional expansion bus. See also bus.
LVD — Low voltage differential.
m — Meter(s).
mA — Milliampere(s).
MAC address — Media Access Control address. Your
system’s unique hardware number on a network.
mAh — Milliampere-hour(s).
Mb — Megabit(s); 1,048,576 bits.
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memory module — A small circuit board containing
DRAM chips that connects to the system board.
mm — Millimeter(s).
ms — Millisecond(s).
MS-DOS® — Microsoft Disk Operating System.
NAS — Network Attached Storage. NAS is one of the
concepts used for implementing shared storage on a
network. NAS systems have their own operating systems,
integrated hardware, and software that are optimized to
serve specific storage needs.
NIC — Network interface controller. A device that is
installed or integrated in a system to allow connection to a
network.
NMI — Nonmaskable interrupt. A device sends an NMI
to signal the processor about hardware errors.
ns — Nanosecond(s).
NTFS — The NT File System option in the
Windows 2000 operating system.
NVRAM — Nonvolatile random-access memory. Memory
that does not lose its contents when you turn off your
system. NVRAM is used for maintaining the date, time,
and system configuration information.
parity — Redundant information that is associated with a
block of data.
partition — You can divide a hard drive into multiple
physical sections called partitions with the fdisk
command. Each partition can contain multiple logical
drives. You must format each logical drive with the format
command.
PCI — Peripheral Component Interconnect. A standard
for local-bus implementation.
PDU — Power distribution unit. A power source with
multiple power outlets that provides electrical power to
servers and storage systems in a rack.
peripheral — An internal or external device, such as a
diskette drive or keyboard, connected to a system.
PGA — Pin grid array. A type of processor socket that
allows you to remove the processor chip.
pixel — A single point on a video display. Pixels are
arranged in rows and columns to create an image. A video
resolution, such as 640 x 480, is expressed as the number
of pixels across by the number of pixels up and down.
POST — Power-on self-test. Before the operating system
loads when you turn on your system, the POST tests
various system components such as RAM and hard drives.
processor — The primary computational chip inside the
system that controls the interpretation and execution of
arithmetic and logic functions. Software written for one
processor must usually be revised to run on another
processor. CPU is a synonym for processor.
protected mode — An operating mode that allows
operating systems to implement:
• A memory address space of 16 MB to 4 GB
• Multitasking
• Virtual memory, a method for increasing addressable
memory by using the hard drive
The Windows 2000 and UNIX 32-bit operating systems
run in protected mode. MS-DOS cannot run in protected
mode.
PS/2 — Personal System/2.
PXE — Preboot eXecution Environment. A way of
booting a system via a LAN (without a hard drive or
bootable diskette).
RAC — Remote access controller.
RAID — Redundant array of independent disks. A
method of providing data redundancy. Some common
implementations of RAID include RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 5, RAID 10, and RAID 50. See also guarding,
mirroring, and striping.
RAM — Random-access memory. The system’s primary
temporary storage area for program instructions and data.
Any information stored in RAM is lost when you turn off
your system.
RAS — Remote Access Service. This service allows users
running the Windows operating system to remotely access
a network from their system using a modem.
readme file — A text file, usually shipped with software or
hardware, that contains information supplementing or
updating the product’s documentation.
read-only file — A read-only file is one that you are
prohibited from editing or deleting.
ROM — Read-only memory. Your system contains some
programs essential to its operation in ROM code. A ROM
chip retains its contents even after you turn off your
system. Examples of code in ROM include the program
that initiates your system’s boot routine and the POST.
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ROMB — RAID on motherboard.
rpm — Revolutions per minute.
RTC — Real-time clock.
SAS — SCSI Attached Storage.
SATA — Serial Advanced Technology Attachment. A
standard interface between the system board and storage
devices.
SCSI — Small computer system interface. An I/O bus
interface with faster data transmission rates than standard
ports.
SDRAM — Synchronous dynamic random-access
memory.
sec — Second(s).
serial port — An I/O port used most often to connect a
modem to your system. You can usually identify a serial
port on your system by its 9-pin connector.
service tag — A bar code label on the system used to
identify it when you call Dell for technical support.
simple disk volume — The volume of free space on a
single dynamic, physical disk.
SMART — Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting
Technology. Allows hard drives to report errors and failures
to the system BIOS and then display an error message on
the screen.
SMP — Symmetric multiprocessing. Used to describe a
system that has two or more processors connected via a
high-bandwidth link and managed by an operating
system, where each processor has equal access to I/O
devices.
SNMP — Simple Network Management Protocol. A
standard interface that allows a network manager to
remotely monitor and manage workstations.
spanning — Spanning, or concatenating, disk volumes
combines unallocated space from multiple disks into one
logical volume, allowing more efficient use of all the space
and all drive letters on a multiple-disk system.
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Glossary
striping — Disk striping writes data across three or more
disks in an array, but only uses a portion of the space on
each disk. The amount of space used by a "stripe" is the
same on each disk used. A virtual disk may use several
stripes on the same set of disks in an array. See also
guarding, mirroring, and RAID.
SVGA — Super video graphics array. VGA and SVGA are
video standards for video adapters with greater resolution
and color display capabilities than previous standards.
system board — As the main circuit board, the system
board usually contains most of your system’s integral
components, such as the processor, RAM, controllers for
peripherals, and various ROM chips.
system configuration information — Data stored in
memory that tells a system what hardware is installed and
how the system should be configured for operation.
system diskette — See bootable diskette.
system memory — See RAM.
System Setup program — A BIOS-based program that
allows you to configure your system’s hardware and
customize the system’s operation by setting features such
as password protection. Because the System Setup
program is stored in NVRAM, any settings remain in
effect until you change them again.
system.ini file — A start-up file for the Windows
operating system. When you start Windows, it consults
the system.ini file to determine a variety of options for the
Windows operating environment. Among other things,
the system.ini file records which video, mouse, and
keyboard drivers are installed for Windows.
TCP/IP — Transmission Control Protocol/Internet
Protocol.
termination — Some devices (such as the last device at
each end of a SCSI cable) must be terminated to prevent
reflections and spurious signals in the cable. When such
devices are connected in a series, you may need to enable
or disable the termination on these devices by changing
jumper or switch settings on the devices or by changing
settings in the configuration software for the devices.
UNIX — Universal Internet Exchange. UNIX, the
precursor to Linux, is an operating system written in the
C programming language.
uplink port — A port on a network hub or switch used to
connect to other hubs or switches without requiring a
crossover cable.
UPS — Uninterruptible power supply. A battery-powered
unit that automatically supplies power to your system in
the event of an electrical failure.
USB — Universal Serial Bus. A USB connector provides a
single connection point for multiple USB-compliant
devices, such as mice and keyboards. USB devices can be
connected and disconnected while the system is running.
utility — A program used to manage system resources—
memory, disk drives, or printers, for example.
UTP — Unshielded twisted pair. A type of wiring used to
connect systems in a business or home to a telephone line.
V — Volt(s).
VAC — Volt(s) alternating current.
VDC — Volt(s) direct current.
VGA — Video graphics array. VGA and SVGA are video
standards for video adapters with greater resolution and
color display capabilities than previous standards.
video adapter — The logical circuitry that provides (in
combination with the monitor) your system’s video
capabilities. A video adapter may be integrated into the
system board or may be an expansion card that plugs into
an expansion slot.
video driver — A program that allows graphics-mode
application programs and operating systems to display at a
chosen resolution with the desired number of colors.
Video drivers may need to match the video adapter
installed in the system.
video memory — Most VGA and SVGA video adapters
include memory chips in addition to your system’s RAM.
The amount of video memory installed primarily
influences the number of colors that a program can
display (with the appropriate video drivers and monitor
capabilities).
video resolution — Video resolution (800 x 600, for
example) is expressed as the number of pixels across by
the number of pixels up and down. To display a program
at a specific graphics resolution, you must install the
appropriate video drivers and your monitor must support
the resolution.
W — Watt(s).
WH — Watt-hour(s).
win.ini file — A start-up file for the Windows operating
system. When you start Windows, it consults the win.ini
file to determine a variety of options for the Windows
operating environment. The win.ini file also usually
includes sections that contain optional settings for
Windows application programs that are installed on the
hard drive.
Windows 2000 — An integrated and complete Microsoft
Windows operating system that does not require
MS-DOS and that provides advanced operating system
performance, improved ease of use, enhanced workgroup
functionality, and simplified file management and
browsing.
Windows Powered — A Windows operating system
designed for use on NAS systems. For NAS systems, the
Windows Powered operating system is dedicated to file
service for network clients.
Windows Server 2003 — A set of Microsoft software
technologies that enable software integration through the
use of XML Web services. XML Web services are small
reusable applications written in XML that allow data to be
communicated between otherwise unconnected sources.
XML — Extensible Markup Language. XML is a way to
create common information formats and to share both the
format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets,
and elsewhere.
ZIF — Zero insertion force.
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Glossary
Index
A
AC power present
indicator, 20
asset tag utility, 54
Avocent Analog KVM switch
module, 22
Avocent Digital Access KVM
switch module, 24
B
baseboard management
controller, 54
BMC, 54
connectors
system board, 123
drive carrier
SATA hard drive (SATA), 91
D
E
damaged systems
troubleshooting, 107
error messages, 43
daughter card
installing, 82
status indicator, 15
F
Dell
contacting, 132
fan present indicator, 21
BMC, 54
diagnostics
advanced testing options, 119
error messages, 120
running from the utility
partition, 118
see system diagnostics and
Server Administrator
diagnostics
testing options, 119
boot drive
configuring, 91
DIP switches
about, 121
batteries
troubleshooting, 115
battery, 88
installing, 88
removing, 88
C
checking equipment, 102
closing
server modules, 76
configuring
boot drive, 91
DRAC/MC module, 26, 61
fault indicator, 27
installing, 62
link activity indicator, 26
link indicator, 26
master/slave indicator, 27
removing, 61
troubleshooting, 109
fan module indicators, 21
fans
installing, 61
removing, 60
troubleshooting, 108
features
Avocent Analog KVM switch
module, 22
Avocent Digital Access KVM
switch module, 24
back-panel, 18
DRAC/MC module, 26
Fibre Channel pass-through
module, 31
Fibre Channel switch
module, 32
Gb Ethernet pass-through
module, 33
hard drive, 16
I/O connectivity, 27-28
Infiniband pass-through
module, 32
KVM selection, 15
Index
157
158
Index
features (continued)
PowerConnect 5316M
Ethernet switch, 29
server module, 12
server module power
button, 14
system, 10
system control panel, 11
system identification, 11
system status, 10
Fibre Channel pass-through
module, 31
Fibre Channel switch
module, 32
G
Gb Ethernet pass-through
module, 33
getting help, 127
guidelines
memory installation, 78
H
hard drive
installing SATA in a SATA drive
carrier, 91
removing from a drive
carrier, 91
hard drives, 89
features, 16
installing, 90
integrated mirroring, 89
removing, 90
troubleshooting, 113
158
Index
help
getting, 127
I
I/O bays
configurations, 29
populating, 28
identification indicator, 12
indicators
AC power present, 20
daughter card status, 15
DC power, 20
DRAC/MC fault, 27
DRAC/MC link, 26
DRAC/MC link activity, 26
DRAC/MC master/slave, 27
fan fault, 21
fan module, 21
fan present, 21
Fibre Channel pass-through
module, 32
identification, 12
KVM selection, 15
power supply, 19
power supply fault, 20
PowerConnect 5316M
Ethernet switch
diagnostic, 30
PowerConnect 5316M
Ethernet switch duplex
mode, 30
PowerConnect 5316M
Ethernet switch
speed/link, 30
server module power
selection, 14
indicators (continued)
system control panel, 11
system power, 11
Infiniband pass-through
module, 32
installing
battery, 88
daughter card, 82
DRAC/MC module, 62
fans, 61
hard drives, 90
KVM module, 63
memory, 80
memory guidelines, 78
network switch module, 72
power supplies, 59
SATA hard drive in a SATA
drive carrier, 91
server module components, 77
server modules, 74
system components, 57
integrated mirroring, 89
K
keyboards
troubleshooting, 103
KVM module, 63
custom cable, 22
installing, 63
removing, 63
KVM selection button, 15
KVM selection indicator, 15
M
P
memory
installing, 80
troubleshooting, 112
upgrade kits, 77
upgrading, 77
password
disabling, 126
memory modules
removing, 82
passwords
disabling, 54
setup, 53
system, 51
messages
alert, 41
error messages, 43
server module, 34
system diagnostics, 40
systems management, 105
warning, 40
microprocessors
server modules, 84
troubleshooting, 114
mouse
troubleshooting, 104
password features
setup, 51
system, 51
power supplies, 58
installing, 59
removing, 58
troubleshooting, 107
PowerConnect 5316M
Ethernet switch
diagnostic indicator, 30
duplex mode indicator, 30
speed/link indicator, 30
PowerConnect 5316M
Ethernet switch
module, 29
N
network switch module, 70
installing, 72
removing, 71
troubleshooting, 110
O
opening
server modules, 75
options
system setup, 44
OSCAR, 24
R
removing
battery, 88
DRAC/MC module, 61
fans, 60
hard drive, 90
hard drive from a drive
carrier, 91
KVM module, 63
memory, 82
network switch module, 71
power supplies, 58
removing (continued)
server module components, 77
server modules, 73
system components, 57
S
safety, 101
securing your system, 52
server module
battery, 88
status indicators, 12
server module board
troubleshooting, 114
server module components
installing, 77
removing, 77
troubleshooting, 110
server module power
button, 14
server modules, 73
closing, 76
installing, 74
microprocessors, 84
opening, 75
removing, 73
setup password
assigning, 53
changing, 54
using, 53
setup password enabled
working with, 53
setup password features, 51
status indicators
server module status, 12
Index
159
160
Index
support
contacting Dell, 132
system board
connectors, 123
system components
installing, 57
removing, 57
system control panel, 11
system fans, 59
system features, 10
system password
assigning, 51
changing, 53
deleting, 53
using, 51
system password features, 51
system power button, 11
system power indicator, 11
system setup
entering, 43
entering BMC, 55
options, 44
using, 44
system setup screens
console redirection, 49
integrated devices, 48
main, 44
system security, 49
system status features, 10
160
Index
T
technical assistance
obtaining, 127
troubleshooting
battery, 115
damaged system, 107
DRAC/MC module, 109
external connections, 102
fans, 108
hard drive, 113
keyboard, 103
memory, 112
microprocessors, 114
mouse, 104
network switch module, 110
power supplies, 107
server module board, 114
server module
components, 110
start-up routine, 101
USB devices, 105
video, 102
wet system, 106
U
upgrading
memory, 77
USB
CD drive, 17
devices, troubleshooting, 105
diskette drive, 17
using
USB CD drive, 17
USB diskette drive, 17
using system setup, 44
V
video
troubleshooting, 102
W
warranty, 9
wet systems
troubleshooting, 106
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