Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers Product Notes

Sun Fire™ X4100 and
Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Product Notes
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December 2007, Revision A
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Contents
Preface
1.
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LSI Firmware, Service Processor, and BIOS Issues
LSI Firmware Issues
Current Issues
1
1
1
RAID Volume Requires 64 Mbytes of Unpartitioned HDD Space for
Metadata (6312581) 1
Hard-Disk Drive Resynchronization Completion Indicated By Optimal
Status in LSI Firmware Version 1.08 (6389986) 2
Resolved Issues
2
RAID 1 Volume Cannot Be Created, Partition Warnings Displayed
(6310074) 2
LSI MPT BIOS Does Not Provide Low-Level, Hard-Disk Drive Formatting
Functionality (6301350) 3
Service Processor Issues
Current Issues
3
3
Service Processor Neither Logs Event Nor Provides Visual Alert After
Hard Disk Removed (6306536) 3
Service Processor and USB Interactions Interrupt the OS (6277725)
4
Installing OS Using Redirected Samsung SN-124 CD-ROM Drive Might
Not Work (6279896) 4
Unimplemented SNMP Traps (6300437)
5
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Other SNMP Issues
5
SP Does Not Handle SNMP Traps (6396525)
6
Break Key Does Not Work in Secure Shell (SSH) Session or From
JavaRConsole (6306610) 6
JavaRConsole Might Crash During External CD-ROM Redirection
(6306010) 6
External Storage Redirection Error Messages Might Be Erroneous
Accessibility Issues
7
Incorrect Name Used for Rear Fan Tray (6323731)
Resolved Issues
7
8
8
Network Port Does Not Operate at 10 Mbyte/sec (6302923)
WebGUI Displays Incorrect Thresholds (6316706)
8
9
Cannot Log in to Service Processor with 16-Character Passwords with
ILOM Web GUI or CLI (6286187) 9
Serial Port Speed Setting Reverts to 9600 After Exiting CLI Session
(6298521) 9
Serial Console Access Over SSH Might Lock Up When Using start -script
Command (6337909) 10
System Hangs During POST (6618895)
BIOS Issues
10
11
Current Issues
11
BIOS 36 Improves Stability of DIMMs By Disabling PowerDown Mode
11
System Connected to External Storage Device Using PCI Card in Slot 0
Might Not Boot from Internal Disk (6268877) 11
System Does Not Boot up with Emulex LP10000 Card Enabled (6306640)
12
BIOS Boot Order Lost After Reset Testing (6302703)
Resolved Issues
12
13
System Does Not Detect Supported HBA Card During Bootup Process
(6272514) 13
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HDD Order Changes in BIOS Settings After Installing HBA Card
(6308569) 13
BIOS Date and Time and Optimal Defaults Must be Reset After Certain
System Events (6379898) 14
Upgrading BIOS Without Changing and Saving Optimal Defaults Might
Result in Increased Memory Latency (6306622, 6299794) 15
DIMM Fault LEDs Do Not Work (6324863)
15
Qimonda DIMMs Return Manufacturer Mismatch Warning Message
During POST (6519087) 15
Server Goes Into BIOS Recovery Mode when Control-Alt-Delete Keys Are
Pressed (6386222) 16
Systems with More Than Three PCI Cards PXE-Booting Return Error
Message (6403173) 16
2.
Software Issues
19
Solaris 10 Operating System Issues
Current Issues
20
20
Drives Moved From Two-Drive System to Four-Drive System Might Not
Operate Correctly (6300178) 20
Solaris 10 3/05 x86 OS Patch Cluster Installation Required Before
Installing Patches for Some Host Bus Adapters (6312352) 20
Do Not Use raidctl Command in Solaris 10 3/05 OS (6228874)
21
Ignore Bootup Message: Method or service exit timed out
(6297813) 21
Solaris 10 OS Installation From CD Media Hangs When the Second Disc is
Inserted (6374024) 21
AMD Erratum 131 Warning Message Can Be Safely Ignored During
Solaris OS Startup
(6438926, 6447850) 22
Sun Installation Assistant Issues
Current Issues
22
22
RHEL4: Cannot Enable Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) (6288799)
22
Ignore Kudzu Messages After Installing RHEL3 or RHEL4 (6290559)
Contents
23
v
Resolved Issues
23
The ext3 File System Reports Errors After Red Hat Linux Installation
Using Sun Installation Assistant CD (6336064) 23
Linux Operating System Issues
Current Issues
24
24
RHEL3U9 (32-bit) Reverses Mapping of Ethernet Ports After BIOS
Upgrade (6623425) 24
Hard-Disk Drive Display Omits Disk Listing At Installation When
Multiple SCSI disks Are Attached to System on RHEL4 U4
(6447738) 24
Duplicate Devices Seen by Linux OS if External RAID Array Connects to
Server Through Ultra320 SCSI (6220406) 25
List of Attached Hard-Disk Drives for the Pyramid (Qlogic) and Summit
Option Cards is Not Displayed in Red Hat Linux (6460883) 25
Graceful Shutdown Not Available on Non-ACPI Supported Linux OS
(6278514) 26
External Hard-Disk Drives Attached to Emulex HBA Are Not Recognized
Because RHEL3 U8 Does Not Automatically Load Emulex Drivers
(6447329, 6460769) 26
Base Versions of Linux Distributions Shipped By Sun Must Be Upgraded
to Receive Full Sun Support 27
Unloading QLogic Drivers Might Be Necessary Before Installing Updated
Drivers (6312342, 6314923) 27
Translation Look-Aside Buffer (TLB) Reload Causes Errors With Certain
Linux Software (6296473) 28
AMD PowerNow! Might Cause System Clock to Lose Ticks (6281771)
29
RHEL3: I/O Errors Are Displayed When Initializing USB Mass Storage
Device (6241851) 29
RHEL3: Kernel Might Report Incorrect CPU Information on Dual Core
Processors (6241701) 29
RHEL3 U5 (64-bit): Ignore Keyboard reset failed Message
(6306118) 30
Cannot Access External Storage Attached to Emulex and Qlogic HBA
Cards During RHEL3 U8 Installation (6447329) 30
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Server Might Reboot Sun Fire X4100 Server when MTU is Set to 9K on
Kirkwood Interface (6335741) 30
SLES9 64-Bit: Incorrect CPU Speeds Reported When PowerNow! is
Enabled (6287519) 31
SLES9 SP1: Multipath Driver Does Not Work After Reboot (6332988)
31
SLES9 64-Bit: System Does Not Boot With Supported HBA Card Plugged
Into Slot 0 (6307424) 31
Resolved Issues
32
Infinite Reboot Loop Cycle in RHEL4 U3 With smp Kernel, BIOS
31/34/36, and Single Dual-Core CPU (6466105) 32
RHEL3 U7 32-Bit Installation Might Hang when any PCI Card is in a PCI
Slot Other than PCI 0
(6402552, 6404116, 6404944, 6407997) 33
Windows Server 2003 Operating System Issues
Current Issues
34
34
VGA Output Unavailable After Headless Boot (6598754)
34
Bootup Time Affected by Degraded RAID Volume (6297804)
35
OS Cannot Be Installed on LSI RAID Array if RAID is Not Recognized as
First Storage Device (6297723) 35
Alert and Power Failure LEDs Might Illuminate If AMD PowerNow!
Feature is Enabled (6310814) 35
Windows Utility mkfloppy.exe Does Not Select Correct Floppy Drive if
More Than One Floppy Drive is Present 36
Resolved Issues
36
Backup/Restore Functions in LSI MyStorage Causes Severe Problems
(6456252) 36
Systems with Under 4 GB Memory Fail to Resume from Hibernation when
Running Windows Server 2003 with BIOS 34 (6457304) 36
VMWare ESX Issues
Current Issues
37
37
ESX Installation Stops (6549480)
37
ESX Does Not See Keyboard and Mouse (6550504)
38
Contents
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Sun VTS Bootable Diagnostics CD Issues
Current Issues
38
38
Meter Button in Bootable Diagnostics CD, Version 2.1f Does Not Work
(6465167) 38
Ignore Messages When Booting from Sun VTS Bootable Diagnostics CD
.iso Image, Version 2.1f (6470488) 38
Resolved Issues
39
SunVTS ramtest Might Cause System to Reboot When Testing More
Than Seven Hours (6369893) 39
3.
Hardware Issues
Current Issues
41
41
Qualified DC Power Supplies for Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200
Servers 41
AMD PowerNow! Feature Supported Only on Qualified CPUs
42
Non-Recommended Optical Mouse Devices and Keyboards (6299692,
6317710, 6304725) 42
Support for New 4-GB DIMMs Requires Gasket Installation and Upgrade
to BIOS 36 42
HDD LEDs Bleed Through to Adjacent LEDs (6286872)
45
Extremely Low Temperatures Reported for Idle Processors (6554392)
4.
Documentation Issues
Current Issues
47
47
Documentation Titles Changed
47
ILOM Supplement Incorrectly Identifies Back Panel Connectors
(6603985) 48
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45
Figures
FIGURE 2-1
Sun Fire X4100 Designation and Speeds of PCI Slots
33
FIGURE 2-2
Sun Fire X4200 Designation and Speeds of PCI Slots
34
FIGURE 3-1
Location of Main Cover Gasket 44
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Preface
This document describes hardware issues, software issues, and documentation
issues for the Sun Fire™ X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers.
Change requests have tracking numbers shown in parentheses. For updates on
change requests and for patches, see the SunSolveSM web site at:
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Note – Separate Release Notes with instructions for upgrading platform software
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Although it is recommended that you upgrade directly to the latest software release
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Note – The software on the CDs that are shipped with the system is the latest
available at the time of shipping and can be used for reinstallation or system
recovery. Because software versions are updated frequently, check the product
download site for the latest versions of the software that are qualified by Sun.
Related Documentation
Documentation for the Sun Fire X4100 and X4200 servers is available at:
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/x4100
Translated versions of some of these documents are available in French, Simplified
Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
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http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/x4100-ko?l=ko
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Product Updates
For downloadable product updates, visit:
http://www.sun.com/servers/entry/x4100
This site contains the latest updates for firmware and drivers, as well as CD-ROM
.iso images.
To see all the updates, go to http://www.sun.com/download, and search for your
model number.
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CHAPTER
1
LSI Firmware, Service Processor,
and BIOS Issues
This chapter describes the LSI firmware, Sun Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
Service Processor, and BIOS issues related to the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200
servers. It includes these topics:
■
“LSI Firmware Issues” on page 1
■
“Service Processor Issues” on page 3
■
“BIOS Issues” on page 11
Note – If an issue statement does not specify a particular platform, the issue applies
to all platforms.
LSI Firmware Issues
Current Issues
RAID Volume Requires 64 Mbytes of Unpartitioned HDD
Space for Metadata (6312581)
To create a RAID volume, the firmware and BIOS must write metadata at the end of
the HDD. At least 64 Mbytes of unpartitioned hard-disk space are required.
1
Workaround
■
In servers shipped with the preinstalled Solaris 10 1/06 OS (or later), the
preinstall image includes more than 64 Mbytes of unpartitioned hard disk space
for metadata. No further action is required.
■
In servers shipped with the preinstalled Solaris 10 3/05 OS, you must partition
the disk space from within the Solaris OS before you use the LSI Configuration
Utility to create RAID volumes. Refer to your Solaris OS documentation for
instructions.
Hard-Disk Drive Resynchronization Completion
Indicated By Optimal Status in LSI Firmware Version
1.08 (6389986)
If you are using LSI firmware Version 1.08 or later, the resynchronization progress
indicator might stay at 0%, even though the resynchronization is happening. The
resynchronization is complete when Optimal is displayed as the status.
Workaround
This is expected behavior in LSI firmware Version 1.08 or later.
Resolved Issues
RAID 1 Volume Cannot Be Created, Partition Warnings
Displayed (6310074)
(Fixed in Software 1.1.)
When using the LSI BIOS Configuration Utility, you might see the following
warning when trying to create a RAID volume by migrating existing data:
The selected disk contains partitions that may not be preserved
when creating an array. This data may be lost when the array is
created! If you would still like to use this disk in an array,
choose the Erase Disk option on the previous menu by pressing
Delete (D)
If you choose the Erase Disk option as suggested in the warning, the RAID volume
will still not be created and the warning will be displayed again.
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The warning occurs because the utility does not recognize the new Solaris x86 OS
disk partition type.
Workaround
Use the fdisk utility and choose menu item 4:
Change between Solaris and Solaris2 Partition IDs
This will change a Solaris2 ID to a Solaris1 ID (0x82).
LSI MPT BIOS Does Not Provide Low-Level, Hard-Disk
Drive Formatting Functionality (6301350)
(Fixed in Software 1.1.)
LSI MPT BIOS version 6.02 does not provide low-level format functionality at this
time.
Workaround
None.
Service Processor Issues
Current Issues
Service Processor Neither Logs Event Nor Provides
Visual Alert After Hard Disk Removed (6306536)
If a hard disk is removed from a system, the service processor neither logs an event
nor provides a visual alert.
Chapter 1
LSI Firmware, Service Processor, and BIOS Issues
3
Workaround
This is expected behavior. The service processor does not receive events from the LSI
SAS controller when a hard-disk drive is hot-plugged and visual alerts do not occur.
Service Processor and USB Interactions Interrupt the OS
(6277725)
There are several methods you can use to reset the service processor, for example:
■
Using the Reset SP tab in the ILOM web GUI
■
Using the reset SP command on the ILOM CLI
■
Using the IPMItool command IPMI_MC_RESET_COLD
■
As a side effect of changing the remote mouse emulation mode
Any of these methods could interrupt the system or cause it to hang because of the
USB plug/unplug events that are initiated between the service processor and the
system.
Workaround
To ensure that the service processor is reset and a USB event does not hang the
system, configure the OS with minimal or no USB support.
Do not reboot the system while the service processor is resetting itself or the system
could hang. Instead, change the mouse mode to the desired state before booting.
Scheduling service processor resets to occur only when the system is off or in reset
will also prevent any service processor interaction with the system.
Installing OS Using Redirected Samsung SN-124 CDROM Drive Might Not Work (6279896)
If you try to install an operating system (OS) from a Samsung SN-124 CD-ROM
drive using JavaRConsole, the virtual CD-ROM drive might not be recognized.
Workaround
Install the OS using the image files redirected from another device.
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Unimplemented SNMP Traps (6300437)
The following traps are currently not supported:
■
■
SUN-PLATFORM-MIB
■
sunPlatObjectCreation
■
sunPlatObjectDeletion
■
sunPlatCommunicationsAlarm
■
sunPlatEnvironmentalAlarm
■
sunPlatEquipmentAlarm
■
sunPlatProcessingErrorAlarm
■
sunPlatStateChange
■
sunPlatAttributeChangeInteger
■
sunPlatAttributeChangeString
■
sunPlatAttributeChangeOID
■
sunPlatQualityOfServiceAlarm
■
sunPlatIndeterminateAlarm
ENTITY-MIB
■
■
entConfigChange
SNMPv2-MIB
■
coldStart
■
warmStart
■
authenticationFailure
Other SNMP Issues
The following SNMP issues are known limitations:
■
The SNMP agent does not currently handle SETs for the Entity and Sun Platform
MIBs. This causes compliance tests involving SETs to fail. Use other services to
perform the needed tasks. (6255301)
■
Error messages are unclear when an SNMP user is being deleted. For example,
you might see the message Target cannot be deleted when a user is being
deleted soon after another activity. In general, these commands can be ignored.
However, scripted commands might not succeed. (6284706)
■
The SNMP agent stops responding if there are multiple connections. This requires
you to restart SNMP or reboot the system. (6290651)
Chapter 1
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5
■
An error message appears when a user is added. For example, you might see the
message SNMP agent not up yet, may be reconfiguring. In general,
this message can be ignored. (6292473)
■
The sysUpTime values might be incorrect. For example, a system that has been
assembled only a few days might show an uptime of 51 days. You can ignore
these values. (6295609)
■
Using CLI to set the maximum number of communities might kill the SNMP
agent and require you to reboot the system. (6316403)
SP Does Not Handle SNMP Traps (6396525)
The service processor does not support SNMP traps for the SUN-PLATFORM-MIB.
Workaround
Use IPMI PET traps, a form of SNMP trap, to trap errors. You can implement them
by configuring alert rules in the service processor, or by configuring PEF rules
directly in IPMI. See the Integrated Lights-Out Manager Administration Guide, 819-1160,
for details.
Break Key Does Not Work in Secure Shell (SSH) Session
or From JavaRConsole (6306610)
Breaks are transmitted to the system serial port only from the serial management
port. The Break key does not work when you enter ssh ~B in a secure shell (SSH)
session, or in the JavaRConsole.
Workaround
None.
JavaRConsole Might Crash During External CD-ROM
Redirection (6306010)
Java Remote Console might crash if you redirect an external CD-ROM to a remote
client, running RHEL4 U1 (64-bit) on both the host and the remote client.
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Workaround
None.
External Storage Redirection Error Messages Might Be
Erroneous
You can redirect remote storage devices to Sun Fire X4100 or Sun Fire X4200 servers
by starting the Java Remote Console from the ILOM web GUI (Remote Console ->
Redirection). Because the ILOM has this capability, the operating system might
display redirected USB storage devices as always being attached.
If redirection is disabled, however, you might see one of the following messages if
you attempt to access those devices: Drive not ready or No media found.
Starting and stopping storage redirection does not add or remove the virtual devices
themselves, but affects only the media in those virtual devices.
Workaround
None.
Accessibility Issues
Accessibility means removing barriers that can prevent people with disabilities from
participating in substantial life activities, including the use of services, products, and
information. Not only does providing access offer benefits for a wide range of users,
but it is also a requirement in all current federal contracts under Section 508 of the
Federal Rehabilitation Act. In the commercial sector, the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) calls for similar considerations when reasonably accommodating current
and prospective employees.
The Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers meet Section 508 accessibility
requirements. However, the following accessibility issues have been noted in the SPfirmware GUI:
■
If the focus is in a low-level tab menu, the Tab key does not navigate to the higher
level. This issue is seen in Mozilla Firefox. (6316639)
■
JavaScript™ alerts and confirmation boxes in the GUI have generic menu titles
that do not provide enough contextual information. (6274918)
■
Tabbing to top level frames is not possible in Mozilla. Typing a phrase to find the
corresponding item in Mozilla works partially. Frames are highlighted, but not
action items such as buttons. (6278273)
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7
■
Pressing the down arrow in the Select Action pull-down list moves the focus to
reset. You cannot use the down arrow to scroll through the rest of the list. This
issue is seen in Internet Explorer. (6316634)
■
When you tab to the Add button in the Add User pop-up menu and press Enter,
the page exits without adding the user entry. This issue is seen in Internet
Explorer. (6316625)
■
When you press the Tab key, the focus does not move to the lower-level tabs
within the selected tab. (6245789)
■
When you press the Tab key in Internet Explorer, the focus does not move to an
unselected radio button. Also, if a radio button is selected, you cannot deselect it
using the keyboard. (6316591)
■
When you press the Tab key in Internet Explorer, the focus does not move to any
checkboxes that might be in the GUI. (6316621)
■
Some pages contain JavaScript links for navigation that are not read by assistive
technologies. (6255423)
Incorrect Name Used for Rear Fan Tray (6323731)
The internal software incorrectly uses the name io.f0 (Input/Output Fan 0) to refer
to the rear fan tray of the Sun Fire X4200 server. The name should be FT2.
Workaround
None.
Resolved Issues
Network Port Does Not Operate at 10 Mbyte/sec
(6302923)
(Fixed in Software 1.3.)
The service processor Ethernet port operates only at 100 Mbyte/sec. It does not
operate at 10 Mbyte/sec.
Workaround
None.
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WebGUI Displays Incorrect Thresholds (6316706)
(Fixed in Software 1.3.)
The WebGUI might display incorrect threshold values for the temperature sensors,
for example. ILOM might also display random values for non-threshold sensors.
Workaround
None.
Cannot Log in to Service Processor with 16-Character
Passwords with ILOM Web GUI or CLI (6286187)
(Fixed in Software 1.2.)
If your password contains exactly 16 characters, you will not be able to log in to the
service processor (SP) using either the ILOM web GUI or CLI.
Workaround
Choose a password containing fewer than 16 characters.
Serial Port Speed Setting Reverts to 9600 After Exiting
CLI Session (6298521)
(Fixed in software 1.4.)
When you exit a CLI session, the serial port speed is reset to 9600 bps. This might
cause the serial port not to work after you exit a CLI session if the speed was set to
a value other than 9600 bps.
Workaround
Keep the speed of the serial management port set to 9600 bps.
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Serial Console Access Over SSH Might Lock Up When
Using start -script Command (6337909)
(Fixed in Software 1.0.1.)
While connecting to the SP CLI mode via SSH, the serial console connection might
intermittently lock up when the start -script command is used to log in to the
SP console.
Workaround
Use the SP start console command to connect to the SP console, rather than
start -script command.
If the serial console connection locks up, exit the SSH session then try again using
the SP start console command.
System Hangs During POST (6618895)
(Fixed in Software 1.3.)
The system might hang during POST. Often the system freezes shortly after the
console displays the manufacturer’s logo. This problem is caused by a a bug in the
ILOM software that supports configuring the Serial Management port. This problem
can be triggered by referencing the /SP/serial part of the ILOM object tree from
the ILOM command line. Avoid commands such as these:
show /SP/serial/host
show -level all
Also avoid using the Configuration/Serial Port tab in the ILOM WebGUI.
Workaround
To work around this problem, clear the internal software state that causes it. Use any
of the following methods:
■
Display the Configure/Serial Port tab in the ILOM WebGUI. There is no need to
change any options; simply displaying the tab toggles the condition
■
From the ILOM command line, enter this command:
show /SP/serial/external
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■
Reset the Service Processor.
BIOS Issues
Current Issues
BIOS 36 Improves Stability of DIMMs By Disabling
PowerDown Mode
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire 4200 DIMMs (in particular, Infineon DIMMs that use
IDT registers) might sometimes have a problem going in or out of the PowerDown
mode and might subsequently trigger uncorrectable ECC errors that can lead to
system reboots.
Workaround
Upgrade to BIOS 036 or later. BIOS 36 is included with Software Release 1.2.1. For
instructions on upgrading to Software Release 1.2.1, see the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun
Fire 4200Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire 4200 Release Notes For Software Release 1.2.1,
819-4344.
BIOS 036 disables the PowerDown mode (self-refresh/low-power mode), per AMD’s
recommendation. Some DIMMs are susceptible to the noise induced when entering
and exiting the PowerDown mode. With the PowerDown mode disabled, the
probability of UE reboot is much reduced and the system stability increases.
System Connected to External Storage Device Using PCI
Card in Slot 0 Might Not Boot from Internal Disk
(6268877)
The system will not boot from the internal HDD if any external storage devices are
connected to a PCI card plugged in to Slot 0 only.
This occurs because the BIOS scans Slot 0, which connects to the HDDs, before
scanning the embedded 1064 SAS controller.
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The BIOS scans PCI devices in ascending order (from low PCI address to high PCI
address). The scanning priority is:
1. NIC
2. Slot 0
3. SAS
4. Slot 2
5. Slot 3
6. Slot 4
7. Slot 1
Because of constraints in the option ROM, internal HDDs connected to the
embedded LSI SAS controller might not be in the boot list if a PCI card is installed in
Slot 0, which connects to the external HDDs.
Workaround
Install the PCI card in Slots 1-4 instead of Slot 0. Slot 0 is the only slot that cannot be
used if you want to boot from an internal hard-disk drive in the server.
System Does Not Boot up with Emulex LP10000 Card
Enabled (6306640)
If an Emulex LP10000 card is plugged in to any slot on the system and its BIOS is
enabled, the system does not boot up.
Workaround
To boot up the system, disable the Emulex LP10000 BIOS.
BIOS Boot Order Lost After Reset Testing (6302703)
If you reset the system and interrupt BIOS power-on self-test (POST) early in the
boot process, the system might lose the virtual USB devices from the boot order and
stop booting from the drive. The BIOS rewrites some CMOS registers during POST
and does not immediately update the CMOS checksum.
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Workaround
Unplug and then replug the system to cause a full hardware reset. All USB devices
should reappear.
Resolved Issues
System Does Not Detect Supported HBA Card During
Bootup Process (6272514)
(Fixed in Software 1.0.1.)
If a supported host bus adapter (HBA) card is plugged in to Slot 1 (on a Sun Fire
X4100 server) or Slots 1-4 (on a Sun Fire X4200 server), the card is not detected by
the BIOS during the bootup process.
This error occurs because the BIOS runs out of address space after it scans the
network interface cards and SAS controller. However, the card is detected at the OS
level and can still be used.
Workaround
To boot the system from an external storage device, connect the device to a
supported HBA controller installed in Slot 0.
HDD Order Changes in BIOS Settings After Installing
HBA Card (6308569)
(Fixed in Software 1.1.)
After installing a supported host bus adapter (HBA) card, you might not be able to
boot the system to operating system level because of changes in the drive order.
Workaround
After installing or removing any supported HBA card connected to an external
storage device, make sure the BIOS boot order is set correctly according to your
system configuration.
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BIOS Date and Time and Optimal Defaults Must be Reset
After Certain System Events (6379898)
(Fixed in Software 1.0.1.)
With the initial version 6464 of the firmware using BIOS 22, you must manually reset
the date and time and load the optimal default settings in the BIOS Configuration
Utility after some system events.
The requirement to reset these items manually will be removed in the first update to
the firmware.
You must use the BIOS Configuration Utility to reset the date and time and load
optimal defaults after these system events:
■
When a pre-release version of the server with a pre-release version of the
firmware such as version 6169, has the firmware upgraded to the release version
6464.
■
When the BIOS checksum is invalid.
■
When the CMOS is cleared using the Clear CMOS jumper or using IPMItool
through the service processor.
Workaround
After any of the events listed above happen, use the BIOS Configuration Utility to
reset the date and time and to load the optimal defaults:
1. Enter the BIOS Configuration Utility by pressing F2 while the system is
booting.
2. Change the date and time on the Main menu screen of the utility.
3. Use the arrow keys to choose Load Optimal Defaults on the Exit menu.
4. Press Enter to go to the next screen.
5. Press Enter when prompted to load the optimal defaults.
6. Choose Save Changes and Exit, and then press Enter.
7. Press Enter when prompted to save the configuration changes and exit the
utility.
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Upgrading BIOS Without Changing and Saving Optimal
Defaults Might Result in Increased Memory Latency
(6306622, 6299794)
(Fixed in Software 1.0.1.)
You might notice an increased memory latency if you upgrade the BIOS image and
do not also change the optimal defaults and save the setup. This issue is not specific
to an operating system.
After upgrading the BIOS using the BIOS Setup utility, follow these steps:
1. Use the arrow keys to choose Load Optimal Defaults on the Exit menu.
2. Press Enter to go to the next screen.
3. Press Enter when prompted to load the optimal defaults.
4. Choose Save Changes and Exit, and then press Enter.
5. Press Enter when prompted to save the configuration changes and exit the
utility.
DIMM Fault LEDs Do Not Work (6324863)
(Fixed in Software 1.0.1.)
The DIMM fault LEDs, which are supposed to light up when a noncorrectable
memory error occurs, do not work.
Workaround
None.
Qimonda DIMMs Return Manufacturer Mismatch
Warning Message During POST (6519087)
(Fixed in Software 1.3.)
When the server boots and runs power-on self test (POST), the warning message,
NODE-n DIMMs Manufacturer Mismatch might be displayed for each DIMM.
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This warning message is seen with all supported Qimonda DIMMs and is caused by
the presence of a new JEDEC manufacturer’s code. The new code is the result of
Infineon spinning off its DRAM unit into a new company named Qimonda. The
server BIOS has not yet been updated to recognize the new manufacturer’s code.
Workaround
Verify that each pair consists of two DIMMs with the same manufacturer, size, and
speed. If each pair has matching DIMMs, it is safe to ignore the warning message
Server Goes Into BIOS Recovery Mode when Control-AltDelete Keys Are Pressed (6386222)
(Fixed in Software 1.2.)
If you hold down the Control-Alt-Delete keys long enough for the system to reset
and re-enter BIOS POST, the BIOS will enter BIOS recovery mode. This is nondestructive unless a special BIOS recovery CD or USB-floppy is attached to the
machine.
Workaround
Power cycling the host by pushing the power button resolves the problem and the
system returns to normal operation.
Systems with More Than Three PCI Cards PXE-Booting
Return Error Message (6403173)
(Fixed in Software 1.2.)
When Sun Fire X4200 servers have more than three PCI cards installed in the five
PCI slots and more than three cards are PXE booted, all four of the GB Ethernet ports
report the following error message:
Base-code ROM ID structure was not found
This message is displayed because of the limitation on option ROM space in the
server’s BIOS.
The BIOS option ROM is 128 KB. Of these 128 KB, approximately 80 KB are used by
the VGA controller, the LSI controller, and the network interface card.
Approximately 48 KB remain for the Option ROM.
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When more than three PCI cards PXE boot, more option ROM space is requested
than is available, so the PXE base code cannot be loaded.
Workaround
A maximum of three PCI cards can be PXE-booted in the server. To avoid the Basecode ROM ID structure was not found message, disable option ROM on the
one or more cards that do not need option ROM to boot.
1. Enter the BIOS Setup utility by pressing the F2 key while the system is
booting up and performing POST.
2. On the BIOS Main Menu screen, select the PCIPnP tab to open the PCI/PnP
Settings screen.
3. Change the PCIX SLOT fields to Disabled for those PCI cards that will not be
PXE booted.
4. Press and release the right arrow key until the Exit menu screen is displayed.
5. Follow the instructions on the Exit menu screen to save your changes and exit
the Setup utility.
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CHAPTER
2
Software Issues
This chapter describes software issues related to the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire
X4200 servers and includes these topics:
■
“Solaris 10 Operating System Issues” on page 20
■
“Sun Installation Assistant Issues” on page 22
■
“Linux Operating System Issues” on page 24
■
“Windows Server 2003 Operating System Issues” on page 34
■
“VMWare ESX Issues” on page 37
Note – If an issue statement does not specify a particular platform, the issue applies
to all platforms.
This chapter uses the following Linux-related acronyms:
■
Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system (RHEL)
RHEL versions are usually used with a version number (for example, RHEL4) and
an update number (for example, U3).
■
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
SLES versions are usually used with a version number (for example, SLES9) and a
software patch number (for example, SLES9 SP3).
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Solaris 10 Operating System Issues
Current Issues
Drives Moved From Two-Drive System to Four-Drive
System Might Not Operate Correctly (6300178)
On systems that have two hard-disk drives, the drives in Slot 0 and Slot 1 are
mapped to the OS as disk 2 and disk 3. Therefore, drives that are configured in Slot
0 or Slot 1 in systems with four hard-disk drives, and then moved into a two-disk
system, might not operate correctly.
Workaround
None.
Solaris 10 3/05 x86 OS Patch Cluster Installation
Required Before Installing Patches for Some Host Bus
Adapters (6312352)
Certain patches for host bus adapters (HBAs), such as the Sun StorEdge Entry-Level
Fibre Channel host bus adapter (QLA210), will not work without first installing a
Solaris OS patch cluster on systems running Solaris 10 x86 OS and then rebooting
the systems.
To install the patch cluster and the QLA210 patch:
1. Install the Solaris 10 3/05 operating system (if it is not already installed).
2. Install the recommended patch cluster.
For instructions on installing the patch cluster, see:
http://patches.sun.com/clusters/10_x86_Recommended.README
3. Install the recommended patch for the HBA.
For example, to install the QLA210 patch (119131-xx):
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a. See the instructions at:
http://sunsolve.sun.com/pub-cgi/show.pl?target=patchpage
b. Enter 119131 in the PatchFinder text box.
4. Reboot the system.
Do Not Use raidctl Command in Solaris 10 3/05 OS
(6228874)
The raidctl command enables you can manage the RAID controllers from the
command line interface. However, because the raidctl command is not supported
on Solaris 10 3/05, using the command might cause the system to panic.
Workaround
A Solaris 10 3/05 patch (119851-13) that resolves this issue is available from the
SunSolve download site.
If you do not have the latest Solaris 10 3/05 patch, use the MPT SCSI BIOS to create
and manage the RAID volumes.
Ignore Bootup Message: Method or service exit
timed out (6297813)
If the input device and output device are set to the serial port (ttya), the following
message might appear in the console during bootup:
svc:/system/power:default: Method or service exit timed out. Killing
contract 17.
This message does not indicate a problem.
Solaris 10 OS Installation From CD Media Hangs When
the Second Disc is Inserted (6374024)
During Solaris 10 OS installation, Solaris might report that it cannot find the second
CD even though the second CD is inserted.
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Workaround
This problem does not occur if you perform a net install. Solaris is then able to
mount and read the CD images. You can also work around this problem by installing
from DVD media rather than multiple CDs.
AMD Erratum 131 Warning Message Can Be Safely
Ignored During Solaris OS Startup
(6438926, 6447850)
Solaris AMD x64 OS support includes a boot-time check for the presence of a BIOS
workaround for the AMD Opteron Erratum 131. If the Solaris OS detects that the
workaround for Erratum 131 is needed but it is not yet implemented, Solaris logs
and displays the following warning message:
WARNING: BIOS microcode patch for AMD Athlon(tm) 64/Opteron(tm)
processor erratum 131 was not detected; updating your system’s BIOS
to a version containing this microcode patch is HIGHLY recommended or
erroneous system operation may occur.
Workaround
The Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 BIOS implements a superset workaround
that includes the workaround required for Erratum 131, so this warning message can
be safely ignored.
Sun Installation Assistant Issues
Current Issues
RHEL4: Cannot Enable Security-Enhanced Linux
(SELinux) (6288799)
The Sun Installation Assistant does not allow SELinux configuration during
the installation of RHEL4. The GUI for the SELinux option is disabled during the
installation of RHEL4 U1 with the Sun Installation Assistant CD.
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Workaround
To configure SELinux, run system-config-securitylevel after the installation.
Ignore Kudzu Messages After Installing RHEL3 or
RHEL4 (6290559)
RHEL runs a hardware discoverer named Kudzu. After installing RHEL3 or RHEL 4
with the Sun Installation Assistant, Kudzu displays messages indicating that the
Ethernet drivers need to be removed and added again.
The messages Kudzu displays are incorrect. The Ethernet drivers do not need to be
changed. Click Ignore when you are prompted to change the hardware
configuration.
Resolved Issues
The ext3 File System Reports Errors After Red Hat Linux
Installation Using Sun Installation Assistant CD
(6336064)
(Fixed in SIA 1.1.6.)
When the Sun Installation Assistant CD is used to install Red Hat Linux, the ext3 file
system might report incorrect disk space utilization and file system full errors.
This is because the file system was not being unmounted correctly by the utility on
the CD.
Workaround
The problem has been fixed in the new version of the Sun Installation Assistant CD
(version 1.1.6 or later) that is available on the Sun Download Center web site. Go to
the following URL and click on Downloads.
http://www.sun.com/servers/entry/x4100/index.html
If you use the old version of the CD and you see these errors, correct the problem by
entering the tune2fs command at a command line, and then reboot the server.
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Linux Operating System Issues
Current Issues
RHEL3U9 (32-bit) Reverses Mapping of Ethernet Ports
After BIOS Upgrade (6623425)
After an upgrade to BIOS 0ABGA042, RHEL3U9 (32-bit) reverses the order in which
it maps physical to logical ports. This can interfere with network operations,
including PXE installation of the OS, when not all Ethernet ports are used. This
problem has not been observed in other versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux,
including the 64-bit version of RHEL3U9.
Workaround
Set the following kernel parameter:
pci=nosort
Hard-Disk Drive Display Omits Disk Listing At
Installation When Multiple SCSI disks Are Attached to
System on RHEL4 U4 (6447738)
The hard-disk drive display omits a disk listing during installation if there are many
SCSI disks attached to a system. Not all disks are available during the installation.
In addition, the disk-drive display lists the wrong drive type after the installation.
Workaround
None. However, to display the omitted hard-disk drive, use one of the following
instructions:
■
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During installation, disconnect all external storage devices except those devices
needed for disk initialization.
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■
Perform manual disk-initialization after you reboot the system, when all disks are
available.
Duplicate Devices Seen by Linux OS if External RAID
Array Connects to Server Through Ultra320 SCSI
(6220406)
If a RAID array is attached to the system using a Sun StorEdge PCI/PCI-X Single
Ultra320 SCSI host bus adapter (Ultra320 SCSI), you might see the following if you
enter the command, fdisk -l, depending on which Linux OS you are using:
■
Duplicate devices for each logical unit number (LUN) in the array
■
One device for multiple LUNs in the array
List of Attached Hard-Disk Drives for the Pyramid
(Qlogic) and Summit Option Cards is Not Displayed in
Red Hat Linux (6460883)
Hard-disk drives for the Pyramid and Summit option cards are not displayed during
installation or after the installation is complete on Red Hat Linux.
Exceptions: This behavior was not observed in RHEL4 U3 with a 64-bit processor.
Workaround
Add a device keyword to the installer kickstart file:
device <scsi/eth> xyz_driver [options]
To display the omitted cards, enter the following command in a terminal window:
modprobe qla2400
The qla2400 refers to the HBA driver module that is included with this version of
Red Hat Linux software.
After you choose and perform one of the workarounds, reboot the system and run
the following command to confirm that the driver is loaded:
fdisk -l
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Graceful Shutdown Not Available on Non-ACPI
Supported Linux OS (6278514)
Some Linux OSs, such as RHEL3, do not support the Advanced Configuration and
Power Interface (ACPI), which allows a graceful shutdown. On systems running
non-ACPI Linux operating systems, only a forceful shutdown is available.
External Hard-Disk Drives Attached to Emulex HBA Are
Not Recognized Because RHEL3 U8 Does Not
Automatically Load Emulex Drivers (6447329, 6460769)
By design, external drives are never loaded automatically on RHEL3 U8.
Workaround
There are two possible workarounds:
■
Create a new initrd file that contains the XYZ driver:
1. Use either of the following to manually load the driver:
prompt> modprobe xyz_driver
prompt> insmod <path_to_driver>/xyz_driver
2. Save a copy of the original initrd file:
prompt> cd /boot
prompt> cp initrd-<kernel-version>.img initrd-<kernelversion>.img_SAVED
3. Create a new initrd file:
prompt> mkinitrd -f initrd-<kernel-version>.img <kernel-version>
When the system is rebooted the driver will be loaded automatically.
Note – You might have to modify the initrd file entry in the grub.conf file to
reflect the initrd file name change. However, be sure to keep an unmodified kernel
entry for the initrd file in the grub.conf file just in case.
■
Add a device keyword to the kickstart file:
device <scsi/eth> xyz_driver [options]
After you choose and perform one of the workarounds, reboot the system and run
the following command to confirm that the driver is loaded:
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fdisk -l
Base Versions of Linux Distributions Shipped By Sun
Must Be Upgraded to Receive Full Sun Support
The RHEL3, RHEL4, and SLES9 CDs that you can purchase from Sun are the base
(initial-release) versions of those operating systems (OSs) and are not the latest
updated versions of those OS’s. Although Sun will support customers to help them
install these base versions from the shipped media, customers are expected to
immediately upgrade to RHEL3 U6, RHEL4 U3, and SLES9 SP2 to get full Sun
support for servers running those OS’s.
■
If you download these Linux OS’s from the manufacturer’s web site, you will get
the latest distribution, with no upgrades necessary.
■
If you purchased one of these Linux OS’s from Sun, do the following:
1. Go to Sun’s download site for these platforms and download the latest Sun
Installation Assistant software. The latest version, 1.1.6, is designed to support
installation of the base versions of the Linux OS’s.
2. Burn the new SIA software to CD.
3. Use the new SIA CD you burned to install the version of the OS that you
received from Sun.
Refer to the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers Operating System Installation
Guide for detailed instructions.
4. Immediately download the latest update or patches from the Linux
manufacturers’s web site and install them.
Refer to the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers Operating System Installation
Guide for detailed instructions.
Unloading QLogic Drivers Might Be Necessary Before
Installing Updated Drivers (6312342, 6314923)
When installing the updated QLogic drivers for the QLA210 or QLA2342 option
cards, you must manually unload the current drivers or the installation will fail. The
modprobe -rv command does not work with these drivers.
Workaround
1. To check for existing QLA drivers, enter the following command:
# lsmod | grep qla
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The output should look like this:
qla6322
129536 0
qla2xxx_conf
310536 1
qla2xxx
226960 1 qla6322
scsi_transport_fc
16384 1 qla2xxx
scsi_mod
140800 8
usb_storage,st,sr_mod,sg,qla2xxx,scsi_transport_
fc,mptscsih,sd_mod
2. Unload the drivers as shown in the following example:
# rmmod qla6322
# rmmod qla2xxx
3. Load the updated QLA drivers.
Translation Look-Aside Buffer (TLB) Reload Causes
Errors With Certain Linux Software (6296473)
Note – We recommend that RHEL3 users install the most recent OS update on the
server to alleviate this issue.
The BIOS Advanced menu (CPU Configuration menu), in the BIOS Setup utility,
contains an option named “Speculative TLB Reload.” By default, this setting is
enabled, which allows TLB reload.
With this default setting, you might see errors similar to the following on systems
running any 64-bit version of RHEL or SLES with Service Pack 1.
Northbridge status a60000010005001b
GART error 11
Lost an northbridge error
NB status: unrecoverable
NB error address 0000000037ff07f8
Error uncorrected
Workaround
To avoid these errors, disable TLB reloading:
1. Reboot the server and press F2 to enter the BIOS Setup utility.
2. Go to the Advanced -> CPU Configuration menu.
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3. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Speculative TLB Reload option, and
change its setting to Disabled.
This disables TLB reloading.
4. Save your changes and exit the utility.
AMD PowerNow! Might Cause System Clock to Lose
Ticks (6281771)
The AMD PowerNow! feature is disabled in the BIOS by default. Before enabling it,
verify that your operating system and applications support the PowerNow! feature.
The PowerNow! feature changes CPU clock rates. A loss of timer ticks has been
observed while running recent Linux SMP kernels when PowerNow! is enabled.
This loss of timer ticks might result in timing errors in the kernel and in user
applications. Symptoms might include timers that prematurely time out and the
time of day clock appearing to behave erratically.
Workaround
Disable the PowerNow! feature by using the BIOS Setup utility. The menu path to
the feature’s screen is Main -> Advanced -> AMD PowerNow Configuration.
RHEL3: I/O Errors Are Displayed When Initializing USB
Mass Storage Device (6241851)
RHEL3 displays many I/O errors when a USB device is being initialized. The USB
mass storage driver uses the SCSI subsystem to access the device. When a USB mass
storage device is attached, the driver attempts to identify it as a SCSI device. The
I/O errors displayed are a result of this initialization probe. The I/O errors can be
ignored, and the USB device should work properly once it is initialized. This
problem and its workaround are documented at:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=156831.
RHEL3: Kernel Might Report Incorrect CPU Information
on Dual Core Processors (6241701)
When two dual core processors are installed on a Sun Fire X4200 server, the RHEL3
kernel might report four of the hyperthreaded CPUs with the same physical ID of 0.
Instead, the IDs should be 0 and 1 for each CPU.
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RHEL3 U5 (64-bit): Ignore Keyboard reset failed
Message (6306118)
If the USB keyboard is connected to either the front or back USB port, the system
running RHEL3 U5 (64-bit) always shows the following error message in the
“dmesg” after the reboot.
initialize_kbd: Keyboard reset failed, no ACK
This message does not indicate a problem.
Cannot Access External Storage Attached to Emulex and
Qlogic HBA Cards During RHEL3 U8 Installation
(6447329)
If you have Emulex and QLogic HBA cards installed in your server, you might not
be able to access external storage during RHEL3 U8 installation because the installer
software does not load the appropriate kernel modules automatically. You therefore
cannot perform setup and initialization of any external storage devices that are
connected to those HBA cards during RHEL3 U8 installation (for example, disk
formatting or RAID set up).
Workaround
Perform the required hard-disk drive configuration manually after the operating
system is installed on the local disks. If you use the KickStart automated installation,
it is possible to force the installer to load a specific driver with the device and
deviceprobe command. Refer to the Red Hat KickStart documentation for
instructions.
Server Might Reboot Sun Fire X4100 Server when MTU is
Set to 9K on Kirkwood Interface (6335741)
The Sun Fire X4100 server might spontaneously reboot when running network traffic
over the Kirkwood interface, in a Linux environment. This problem has only been
observed when the MTU is set to 9K.
Workaround
None.
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SLES9 64-Bit: Incorrect CPU Speeds Reported When
PowerNow! is Enabled (6287519)
On systems running SLES9, incorrect CPU speeds might be reported in
/proc/cpuinfo when the PowerNow! option is enabled. The maximum speed may
not be reported.
Workaround
Disable the PowerNow! feature by using the BIOS Setup utility. The menu path to
the feature’s screen is Main -> Advanced -> AMD PowerNow Configuration.
SLES9 SP1: Multipath Driver Does Not Work After
Reboot (6332988)
SLES9 SP1 multipath driver (mdadm) does not work after a reboot of the host.
Workaround
None.
SLES9 64-Bit: System Does Not Boot With Supported
HBA Card Plugged Into Slot 0 (6307424)
On systems running SLES9, if a host bus adapter (HBA) card is plugged in to Slot 0,
you might not be able to boot the system. This is because SLES9 enumerates IDE and
SCSI devices in scan order, and the BIOS scans PCI devices in ascending order. The
scanning priority is:
1. NIC
2. Slot 0
3. SAS
4. Slot 2
5. Slot 3
6. Slot 4
7. Slot 1
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If there is only one drive in the system, it is enumerated as /dev/sda. If an external
device is later connected to an HBA card in Slot 0, the device will be enumerated as
/dev/sda and the internal device will be enumerated as /dev/sdb. However, the
SLES9 boot device points to /dev/sda, which is an external device without the OS,
and the system cannot boot.
The problem does not occur if the HBA card is plugged in to Slots 1-4, since these
slots are scanned later than the on-board SLI controller. This problem is not specific
to the server or the HBA card.
Workaround
Plug the supported HBA card in to Slots 1-4, and then reboot the system. Also,
follow these general guidelines:
■
Do not move SCSI drives around.
■
Do not change bus connections for IDE drives.
■
Have a rescue disk ready in case these guidelines are not followed, as you might
need to run grub or vi /etc/fstab afterwards.
Resolved Issues
Infinite Reboot Loop Cycle in RHEL4 U3 With smp
Kernel, BIOS 31/34/36, and Single Dual-Core CPU
(6466105)
(Fixed in Software 1.3.)
SunFire X4200 servers running on RHEL4 U3 with BIOS 31, 34, or 36, an smp kernel,
and single dual-core CPUs, might fall into an infinite reboot loop.
Workaround.
Use RHEL4 U1 instead of RHEL4 U3. This fix is planned for a future release.
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RHEL3 U7 32-Bit Installation Might Hang when any PCI
Card is in a PCI Slot Other than PCI 0
(6402552, 6404116, 6404944, 6407997)
(Fixed in Software 1.2.)
When installing RHEL3 U7 32-bit on Sun Fire X4100 or Sun Fire X4200 servers that
have a PCI card installed in any slot other than PCI 0, installation might hang. This
problem is not observed when installing RHEL3 U7 64-bit.
See FIGURE 2-1 or FIGURE 2-2 for the location of the PCI slots.
Workaround
Use RHEL3 U8 32-bit if you have a PCI card installed in any PCI slot other than
PCI 0. (This limitation was fixed in Update 8).
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FIGURE 2-1
Sun Fire X4100 Designation and Speeds of PCI Slots
PCI 1
(133 MHz)
PCI 0
(100 MHz)
CPU1
CPU0
FT1
FM0
FT1
FM1
FT1
FM2
FT0
FM0
FT0
FM1
FT0
FM2
Front panel of server
FIGURE 2-2
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Sun Fire X4200 Designation and Speeds of PCI Slots
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers Product Notes • December 2007
PCI slots 0 - 4
4 3 21
0
PCI0 = PCIX 100 MHz
PCI1 = PCIX 133 MHz
PCI2 = PCIX 66 MHz
PCI3 = PCIX 66 MHz
PCI4 = PCIX 66 MHz
CPU1
CPU0
FT1
FM0
FT1
FM1
FT1
FM2
FT0
FM0
FT1
FM1
FT1
FM2
Front Panel of Server
Windows Server 2003 Operating System
Issues
Current Issues
VGA Output Unavailable After Headless Boot (6598754)
If the system is booted with no monitor connected, the VGA port will remain
inoperable until the system is booted. The console is still accesible via JavaRConsole.
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Workaround
Obtain the latest driver from ATI. Version strings are 5.10.2600.6024 (32-bit) and
6.14.10.6025 (64-bit).
Bootup Time Affected by Degraded RAID Volume
(6297804)
The bootup time for Windows Server 2003 could be significant (20 minutes or so) if
there is a defective disk in the RAID array. Both Windows and firmware retries
contribute to the time delay. The defective disk might be recognized by the controller
under SAS Topology, but not under RAID Properties.
OS Cannot Be Installed on LSI RAID Array if RAID is
Not Recognized as First Storage Device (6297723)
Windows Server 2003 requires that you use the first storage or the existing partition
for installation. You cannot install Windows Server 2003 onto an on-board LSI RAID
array if:
■
The array is not recognized by Windows as the first storage device.
■
There is another existing partition on disks other than the RAID storage.
Alert and Power Failure LEDs Might Illuminate If AMD
PowerNow! Feature is Enabled (6310814)
The AMD PowerNow! feature is disabled in the BIOS by default. Before enabling it,
verify that your operating system and applications support the PowerNow! feature.
If you enable PowerNow! in a Windows Server 2003 environment, you might see a
loss of timer ticks and a decrease in CPU voltage, resulting in alert and power failure
LEDs illuminating.
Workaround
Disable the PowerNow! feature by using the BIOS Setup utility. The menu path to
the feature’s screen is Main -> Advanced -> AMD PowerNow Configuration.
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Windows Utility mkfloppy.exe Does Not Select Correct
Floppy Drive if More Than One Floppy Drive is Present
The mkfloppy.exe utility that is included in FloppyPack.zip can be run on any
Windows system; it is used to create the Mass Storage Driver floppy that is used
during Windows Server 2003 installation.
However, if there is more than one floppy drive present in the system (including
USB-attached floppy drives), mkfloppy.exe does not select the correct floppy
drive.
Workaround
Ensure that the system has only one floppy drive present when using
mkfloppy.exe.
Resolved Issues
Backup/Restore Functions in LSI MyStorage Causes
Severe Problems (6456252)
(Fixed in Software 1.2.)
LSI MyStorage Backup/Restore functionality causes optical drives to become
unavailable. LSI controller firmware will need to be reloaded.
Workaround
Do not use the Backup/Restore functionality. The version of the LSI MyStorage
application on the Tools and Drivers CD has the Backup/Restore functionality
disabled.
Systems with Under 4 GB Memory Fail to Resume from
Hibernation when Running Windows Server 2003 with
BIOS 34 (6457304)
(Fixed in Software 1.5.)
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Hibernation is disabled by default in the InstallPack.exe for Sun Fire X4100 and Sun
Fire X4200 servers, but it can be enabled by the user with the Windows Control
Panel Power Options settings.
If a server with BIOS 34 enters the S4 Hibernation state, and it has less than 4 GB of
available memory, the server might fail to resume from Hibernation. It will instead
attempt to reboot, but hang with a blue-screen crash.
Note – The software memory hole feature is disabled by default in the BIOS. When
it is disabled, even if you have 4 GB of memory installed, the system effectively has
less than 4 GB of available memory. If you enable the software memory hole feature,
4 GB of installed memory gives 4 GB of available memory. You can enable the
software memory hole feature in the BIOS Configuration Utility (Chipset menu –>
Memory Configuration screen).
Workaround
Do not enable Hibernation if your server has less than 4 GB available memory.
VMWare ESX Issues
Current Issues
ESX Installation Stops (6549480)
While installing ESX Server 2.5.2, 2.5.3, or 2.5.4 in a boot from SAN configuration
using an optical drive, the installation may stop after displaying “running
/sbin/loader”.
Workaround
When booting from the CD, watch for the “boot:” prompt at the bottom of the
screen. When it appears, type
bootfromsan nousb
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and press the enter key. The system may also hang when booting from the SAN.
Again, watch for the “boot:” prompt; this time, type
nousb
and press the enter key. To have this workaround happen automatically, edit
/etc/lilo.conf. Add the keyword nousb to the beginning of every append= line
in the file. If there is no append= line, add one:
append=”nousb”
ESX Does Not See Keyboard and Mouse (6550504)
When installing ESX Server 2.5.4, the keyboard and mouse may become inoperative.
Workaround
Same as for “ESX Installation Stops (6549480)” on page 37.
Sun VTS Bootable Diagnostics CD Issues
Current Issues
Meter Button in Bootable Diagnostics CD, Version 2.1f
Does Not Work (6465167)
SunVTS 6.2 Graphical User Interface (GUI), shipped on the Bootable Diagnostics CD,
Version 2.1f, has a Meter button. This Meter button does not work because it requires
the Solaris stdperformeter utility, which is not available for bootable diagnostics.
Ignore Messages When Booting from Sun VTS Bootable
Diagnostics CD .iso Image, Version 2.1f (6470488)
If you boot from the SunVTS Bootable Diagnostics CD .iso image, version 2.1f,
through a virtual CD-ROM or on some CD-ROM models, you might see the
following messages. These messages are harmless and can be ignored:
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Sep 7 03:49:11 scsi: [ID 107833 kern.warning] WARNING:
/pci@0,0/pci1022,7460@6/pci1022,7464@0,1/storage@1/disk@0,0 (sd0):
Sep 7 03:49:11
Error for Command: read(10)
Error
Level: Fatal
Sep 7 03:49:11 scsi: [ID 107833 kern.notice] Requested Block:
109118
Error Block: 109118
Sep 7 03:49:11 scsi: [ID 107833 kern.notice] Vendor:
AMI
Serial Number:
Sep 7 03:49:11 scsi: [ID 107833 kern.notice] Sense Key: Media Error
Sep 7 03:49:11 scsi: [ID 107833 kern.notice] ASC: 0x11 (unrecovered
read error), ASCQ: 0x0, FRU: 0x0
Resolved Issues
SunVTS ramtest Might Cause System to Reboot When
Testing More Than Seven Hours (6369893)
(Fixed in Software 1.1.)
A memory test under exclusive mode in SunVTS (version 6.1 and earlier), ramtest,
exercises a corner case that does not follow AMD programming guidelines.
Therefore, on early Sun Fire X4100 or Sun Fire X4200 servers, ramtest might cause
the system to reboot after an extended test run of more than seven hours. Sun Fire
X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 systems running software that follows AMD
programming guidelines, which most compilers generate, will function properly.
Workaround
This problem is fixed in Sun VTS version 6.1sp1 and later. To get the latest version of
SunVTS, you can download it from this URL:
http://www.sun.com/oem/products/vts/
If you have SunVTS version 6.1 or earlier, SunVTS pmemtest and vmemtest are
suitable memory diagnostics for extended test runs. When performing test runs of
more than seven hours, use pmemtest or vmemtest, rather than ramtest.
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CHAPTER
3
Hardware Issues
This describes hardware issues related to the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200
servers, and includes these topics:
Note – If an issue statement does not specify a particular platform, the issue applies
to all platforms.
Current Issues
Qualified DC Power Supplies for Sun Fire X4100 and Sun
Fire X4200 Servers
DC power supplies can be ordered as a factory installed option, or they can be
ordered and used to replace existing AC power supplies in the field.
Caution – It is a violation of UL rules to add a DC power supply into a chassis that
does not have the DC label indicating the correct safety information. (There is no
functional difference that would prevent this, aside from the DC label.)
Caution – Do not mix AC and DC power supplies in the same server.
Use the following option number (X-option) to order the factory-installed option:
X8051A-Z
Use the following FRU number to order individual power supplies with cables:
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FRU number:
300-2006-01
AMD PowerNow! Feature Supported Only on Qualified
CPUs
Support for AMD’s PowerNow! feature is added with the Release 1.2 firmware and
BIOS upgrade. At this time, only certain CPUs have been qualified by Sun in the
Sun Fire X4100 or Sun Fire X4200 servers:
■
AMD 252 (2.6 GHz) Opteron single-core CPU
■
AMD 280 (2.4 GHz) Opteron dual-core CPU
■
AMD 280 SE (2.4 GHz) Opteron dual-core CPU
Non-Recommended Optical Mouse Devices and
Keyboards (6299692, 6317710, 6304725)
The following Sun optical mouse devices are not recommended for use on the Sun
Fire X4100 or Sun Fire X4200 servers:
■
Type 5c
■
Type 6c
The following two keyboards are not recommended for use on the front bottom USB
port on the Sun Fire X4200 server.
■
Microsoft Digital Media Pro keyboard (this issue, 6304725, is fixed for this
keyboard in Release 1.1, and it can be used in systems with the Release 1.1
upgrade).
■
Belkin keyboard.
Support for New 4-GB DIMMs Requires Gasket
Installation and Upgrade to BIOS 36
Note – If you are installing 4-GB DIMMs to a Sun Fire X4100 or Sun Fire X4200
server that did not previously have 4-GB DIMMs installed, you must first have
BIOS 36 or later installed. BIOS 36 was included with Software Release 1.2.1. Refer to
the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers Release Notes For Software Release 1.2.1,
819-4344.
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Caution – If you install 4-GB DIMMs in a Sun Fire X4100 or Sun Fire X4200 server
that did not previously have 4-GB DIMMs, you must install gaskets on the main
cover to ensure containment of electrical emissions.
Use the following procedure to install the 4-GB DIMMs and gaskets.
1. Ensure that the DIMM slot ejectors at each end of the memory socket are fully
open (rotated outward) to accept the new DIMM.
2. Align the notch in the bottom edge of the DIMM with the key in the DIMM
socket.
3. Press down evenly on both top corners of the DIMM until the ejectors snap
over the cutouts in the left and right edges of the DIMM.
4. If you installed 4-GB DIMMs to a server that did not previously have 4-GB
DIMMs installed, do one of the following:
■
If you have a Sun Fire X4200 server, skip to Step c.
■
If you have a Sun Fire X4100 server, you must replace existing gaskets. Continue
with Step a.
a. Remove the existing gaskets from the underside of the main cover. See
FIGURE 3-1 for the location.
b. Remove any adhesive left from the old gaskets by cleaning the areas with
isopropyl alcohol.
c. Remove the backing strip from the adhesive on one of the new gaskets.
d. Set the new gasket in place, being careful to align the end of the gasket
with the front edge of the main cover. See FIGURE 3-1.
e. Press down on the gasket to remove any trapped air and secure it firmly to
the main cover.
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f. Install the remaining gasket on the main cover.
FIGURE 3-1
Location of Main Cover Gasket
Sun Fire X4100
main cover gasket (1 of 2)
Underside of
Sun Fire X4100
main cover
Sun Fire X4200
main cover gasket (1 of 2)
Underside of Sun Fire X4200 main cover
Workaround
None. This is expected behavior.
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HDD LEDs Bleed Through to Adjacent LEDs (6286872)
Issue
When the HDD activity LED is blinking, it can appear that the adjacent fault LED is
blinking.
Analysis
This issue is caused by interconnection of the LED light-pipes.
Workaround
A redesign of the LED light pipes was implemented on servers shipping after
January 2006 to fix this problem.
Extremely Low Temperatures Reported for Idle
Processors (6554392)
When PowerNow is enabled, idle processors shut down to conserve power. This
disables the the sensor, causing extremely low temperatures to be reported:
# ipmitool -H td60-sp -U root -P changeme sdr | grep t_core
p0.t_core
| 1 degrees C
| ok
p1.t_core
| 1 degrees C
| ok
This is a feature of the AMD processor and cannot be changed.
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CHAPTER
4
Documentation Issues
The following sections contain updates and corrections for various manuals related
to this platform.
Current Issues
Documentation Titles Changed
In the current documentation release, several of the document titles were changed to
comply with corporate titling guidelines. The following table describes differences in
the current documentation set. To access these documents, refer to “Related
Documentation” on page xi.
Doc Part
Number
Old Doc Title
New Doc Title
819-1155
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Setup Guide
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Installation Guide
819-1157
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Setup and Maintenance Guide
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Service Manual
819-1160
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
System Management Guide
Integrated Lights-Out Manager (ILOM)
Administration Guide
819-5464
(New document)
ILOM Supplement for Sun Fire X4100 and Sun
Fire X4200 Servers
819-1162
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Release Notes
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Product Notes
47
Doc Part
Number
Old Doc Title
New Doc Title
819-3284
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Troubleshooting Guide
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Diagnostics Guide
819-4153
Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Guide for Preinstalled Solaris 10 Operating
System
Deleted. The content of this book is now in 8191155, Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Installation Guide.
819-4346
(New Document. Contains content that was
previously in the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire
X4200 Servers Operating Installation Guide 8191158.)
Sun Fire X4000 Series Servers Windows
Operating System Installation Guide
ILOM Supplement Incorrectly Identifies Back Panel
Connectors (6603985)
The Integrated Lights-Out Manager (ILOM) Supplement For Sun Fire X4100/X4100
M2 and X4200/X4200 M2 Servers misidentifies connectors on the back panels of the
documented systems. For correct connector information, refer to the Sun Fire X4100
and Sun Fire X4200 Servers Service Manual or the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 Servers
Installation Guide.
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