Monthly Specification Update
Intel® Server Board Family S5000VCL
Intel® Server System Family SR1530CL
Intel Order Number D95627-002
November, 2009
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Revision History
Date
Modifications
March 2007
Initial release.
April 2007
Errata #5 added – HDD power cable routing. Document change #1 added – System Quick
Reference Label correction.
May 2007
Errata #6 added – RAID backup battery thermal issues. Document change #1 added – System
Quick Start User’s Guide correction. Document change #2 added – System User’s Guide
correction.
June 2007
No Changes
July 2007
No Changes
August 2007
No Changes
September 2007
Errata #7 added – When installing a Microsoft Windows* operating system without a service
pack, the system will blue screen with BIOS 79 and 81.
October 2007
Added new product codes in Preface section.
December 2007
No Changes
January 2008
No Changes
February 2008
No Changes
March 2008
No Changes
April 2008
No Changes
May 2008
No Changes
October 2008
Added erratum 8.
December 2008
Updated erratum 7 and 8, and added erratum 9.
January 2009
Added erratum 10.
February 2009
Updated Erratum 9
May 2009
No Changes.
June 2009
No Changes
July 2009
Added erratum 11
August 2009
Added erratum 12
September 2009
Added erratum 13
November 2009
No Changes
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Disclaimers
The Monthly Specification Update Server System may contain design defects or errors known
as errata that may cause the product to deviate from the published specifications. Current
characterized errata are documented in this Specification Update.
Information in this document is provided in connection with Intel products. No license, express
or implied, by estoppel or otherwise, to any intellectual property rights is granted by this
document. Except as provided in Intel's Terms and Conditions of Sale for such products, Intel
assumes no liability whatsoever, and Intel disclaims any express or implied warranty, relating to
sale and/or use of Intel products including liability or warranties relating to fitness for a particular
purpose, merchantability, or infringement of any patent, copyright or other intellectual property
right. Intel products are not intended for use in medical, life saving, or life sustaining applications.
Intel may make changes to specifications and product descriptions at any time, without notice.
Contact your local Intel sales office or your distributor to obtain the latest specifications and
before placing your product order.
Intel, Itanium, Pentium, and Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
*Other brands and names may be claimed as the property of others.
Copyright © Intel Corporation 2008-2009.
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Contents
Preface ........................................................................................................................................... 1
Summary Tables of Changes ...................................................................................................... 2
Errata .............................................................................................................................................. 4
1.
Password on boot not supported. ............................................................................ 4
2.
SuSE* Linux Enterprise Server may not install successfully with Intel® Embedded
Server RAID Technology enabled. ............................................................................................ 4
3.
Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 and BIOS setup display a different L2 cache size for
®
the Intel Xeon® processor 5300 Series. ................................................................................... 5
4.
Intel recommends enterprise class hard drives for use with Intel® Server Systems.5
5.
It is important to route the hard drive power cable though the cable clamp on the
HDD carrier in the Intel® Server System SR1530CL. ................................................................ 7
6.
Using a RAID backup battery is not supported in the Intel® Server Systems
SR1530CL, SR1530HCL, and SR1530HCLS due to thermal concerns. ................................... 7
7.
When installing a Microsoft Windows* operating system without a service pack, the
system will blue screen with BIOS 79 and 81. ........................................................................... 8
8.
Platform Confidence Test (PCT) may fail with BIOS 89 and later version loaded ... 9
9.
BIOS 94 does not support mixed stepping E-0 and C-0 processors ....................... 9
10.
S5000VCL cannot boot from SATA CD/DVD ROM using a “bootable” Microsoft*
DOS CD/DVD when RAID (or AHCI) is Enabled via the BIOS setup ...................................... 10
11.
System May not Boot After Multiple DC power Cycles with BIOS Revision R009810
12.
Windows* Server 2003 may hang when logging in to Intel® Raid Web Console2
version 3.04-05 with ESRTII Raid enabled .............................................................................. 10
13.
System would only boot to CD/DVD drive with BIOS Revision R0098 when RMM2
installed 11
Documentation Changes ........................................................................................................... 12
1.
The system Quick Reference Label (QRL) shows an incorrect default setting for
the BIOS Bank Select jumper. ................................................................................................. 12
2.
The Intel® Server System SR1530CL Quick Start User’s Guide shows incorrect
cable routing for the hard drive power cable............................................................................ 13
3.
The Intel® Server System SR1530CL User’s Guide shows incorrect cable routing
for the hard drive power cable. ................................................................................................ 14
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Preface
This document communicates product Errata and Documentation Changes and Corrections for
the following Intel® Server Products:
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Intel® Server Board S5000VCL
Intel® Server Board S5000VCLSAS
Intel® Server Board BBS5000VCLR
Intel® Server Board BBS5000VCLSASR
Intel® Server System SR1530CL
Intel® Server System SR1530CLR
Intel® Server System SR1530HCL
Intel® Server System SR1530HCLR
Intel® Server System SR1530HCLS
Intel® Server System SR1530HCLSR
For specification updates concerning the Intel® Xeon® Processor 5000 Sequence, refer to the
Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5000 Sequence Specification Update (Order Number 313065).
Items contained in the Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5000 Sequence Specification Update
that either do not apply to the Monthly Specification Update or were worked around are noted in
this document. Otherwise, you can assume any processor errata for a given stepping are
applicable to the Printed Board Assembly (PBA) revisions(s) associated with that stepping.
The following defines items communicated in this document:
•
Specification Changes are modifications to the current published specifications for a
given product. These include typos, errors, or omissions. Specified changes are
incorporated in the next release of the document.
•
Specification Clarifications describe a supported feature or function in greater detail or
further highlight their impact to a complex design requirement. The next release of this
document will incorporate these clarifications.
•
Errata are design defects or deviations from current published specifications for a given
product. Published errata may or may not be corrected. Hardware and software
designed to be used with any given processor stepping must assume that all errata
documented for that processor stepping are present on all devices.
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Summary Tables of Changes
The following tables provide an overview of known errata and known document changes that
apply to the specified Intel® Server Products. The tables use the following notations:
Doc:
Intel intends to update the appropriate documentation in a future revision.
Fix:
Intel intends to fix this erratum in the future.
Fixed:
This erratum has been previously fixed.
NoFix:
There are no plans to fix this erratum.
Shaded:
This erratum is either new or has been modified from the previous specification
update.
Table 1. Errata Summary
No.
Plans
Description of Errata
1.
No Fix
Password on boot not supported.
2.
No Fix
SuSE* Linux Enterprise Server may not install successfully with Intel Embedded Server RAID
Technology enabled.
3.
No Fix
Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 and BIOS setup display a different L2 cache size for the Intel Xeon
processor 5300 Series.
4.
No Fix
Intel recommends enterprise class hard drives for use with Intel Server Systems.
5.
Fix
It is important to route the hard drive power cable though the cable clamp on the HDD carrier in the
®
Intel Server System SR1530CL.
6.
No Fix
Using a RAID backup battery is not supported in the Intel Server Systems SR1530CL, SR1530HCL,
and SR1530HCLS due to thermal concerns.
7.
Fixed
When installing a Microsoft Windows* operating system without a service pack, the system
will blue screen with BIOS 79 and 81.
8.
Fixed
Platform Confidence Test (PCT) may fail with BIOS 89 and later version loaded.
9.
Fixed
BIOS 94 does not support mixed stepping E-0 and C-0 processors.
10.
No Fix
Users cannot boot S5000VCL using a “bootable” MSDOS based CD/DVD when RAID (or
AHCI) is enabled via BIOS setup.
11.
Fix
System may not boot after multiple DC power cycles with BIOS revision R0098
12.
Fix
Windows* Server 2003 may hang when log in to Intel® Raid Web Console2 version 3.04-05 with
ESRTII Raid enabled
13.
Fix
System would only boot to CD/DVD drive with BIOS revision R0098 when RMM2 installed
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Table 2. Documentation Changes
No.
Plans
Document Name
Description of Documentation Change
1.
Fix
System Quick Reference
Label (QRL)
The system Quick Reference Label (QRL) shows an incorrect default
setting for the BIOS Bank Select jumper; the correct default setting is
pins 2-3.
2.
Fix
Intel® Server System
SR1530CL Quick Start
User’s Guide
The Quick Start User’s Guide shows incorrect routing for the hard drive
power cable. The correct cable routing is through the cable clamp
located on top of the HDD carrier.
3.
Fix
Intel® Server System
SR1530CL System User’s
Guide
The User’s Guide shows incorrect routing for the hard drive power
cable. The correct cable routing is through the cable clamp located on
top of the HDD carrier.
The following sections provide in-depth descriptions of each erratum / documentation change
indicated in Tables 1 and 2. The errata and documentation change numbers referenced in the
following sections correspond to the numbers in the previous tables.
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Errata
1.
Password on boot not supported.
Problem
If an “admin” or “user” password is set in the BIOS setup, the user must enter
the password before they can access the BIOS setup. There is no option to
configure and require a password during POST before the server boots.
Implication
Users cannot create and require a password on boot.
Status
Intel does not intend to fix this erratum.
Workaround
None.
2.
SuSE* Linux Enterprise Server may not install successfully with Intel®
Embedded Server RAID Technology enabled.
Problem
If SuSE* Linux Enterprise Server is being installed with Intel® Embedded
Server RAID Technology enabled, the RAID array may not be detected after
the driver is loaded, which results in an installation failure.
Implication
The AHCI.o module inside the operating system is loaded prior to the third
party driver, and therefore may take control of the RAID controller. This results
in an installation failure.
Status
Users cannot load a third-party RAID driver and the AHCI driver simultaneously
in SuSE* Linux Enterprise Server; doing so may cause installation failures.
Workaround
The “brokenmodule-ahci” command can prevent AHCI from loading during
installation. At the very first install screen, press F6 to load a driver. In the text
tab, type brokenmodules=ahci; this allows the installation to complete
successfully.
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Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 and BIOS setup display a different L2
cache size for the Intel® Xeon® processor 5300 Series.
Problem
In Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4, the Intel® Xeon® processor 5300 Series L2
cache size displays as 4 MB; while in the BIOS setup, the cache size displays
as 8 MB.
Implication
In BIOS setup, the system reports the total L2 cache size as 8 MB due to the 4
MB + 4 MB structure of the processor. The Intel® Xeon® processor 5300 Series
is similar to a package of two sets, each with a 4 MB L2 cache size. In each set,
the two cores share the 4 MB cache. Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 views the
processor per logical CPU thread. Each logical thread (each set) has access to
only 4 MB cache and Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 reports it as such.
Status
The different L2 cache size display is due to the different cache size reporting
mechanisms of Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 and the BIOS setup, and is not an
incorrect display by the operating system.
Workaround
None.
4.
Intel recommends enterprise class hard drives for use with Intel® Server
Systems.
Problem
Some desktop class hard disk drives have shown performance loss, and, in
some cases, taken the drive off-line when running in an enterprise environment.
Implication
Desktop drives often lack workload management to lower thermal stresses and
have a lower tolerance for the normal rotational vibration found in a server
environment. They are not designed to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
and may fail prematurely when installed in a server. To attain the best
performance and avoid drive failures, Intel recommends using enterprise class
hard drives for server applications.
Status
No fix.
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It is important to route the hard drive power cable though the cable
clamp on the HDD carrier in the Intel® Server System SR1530CL.
Problem
It is difficult to route some hard drive cables through the cable clamp on the
HDD carrier, and therefore may be left out of the clamp and routed between the
system blower and the HDD carrier.
Implication
If the hard drive power cable is routed between the system blower and the
HDD carrier, the vibration from the system blower will transmit through the hard
drive power cable to the hard disk drive; this can affect drive performance.
Status
Fixed.
Workaround
If the hard drive power cable is difficult to route through the cable clamp on the
HDD carrier, remove the cable from the bulk clamp found on the bottom of the
chassis before routing the power cable through the HDD cable clamp.
6.
Using a RAID backup battery is not supported in the Intel® Server
Systems SR1530CL, SR1530HCL, and SR1530HCLS due to thermal
concerns.
Problem
When using a RAID backup battery in the Intel® Server Systems SR1530CL,
SR1530HCL, and SR1530HCLS, the battery generates excessive system heat.
Implication
Using a RAID backup battery causes excessive system heat that the system
blowers cannot adequately cool, and thermal issues may result.
Status
Will not fix.
Workaround
Using a RAID backup battery is not supported in these systems.
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When installing a Microsoft Windows* operating system without a
service pack, the system will blue screen with BIOS 79 and 81.
Problem
If a user attempts to install a Microsoft Windows* operating system without an
integrated service pack, the system will blue screen during the installation
process if BIOS 79 or BIOS 81 is on the Intel® Server Board. Conversely, if a
user upgrades the system BIOS to BIOS 79 or 81 prior to installing the
appropriate service pack, the system will blue screen. Starting in BIOS 79,
support for enhanced sleep states was added. This addition to the BIOS
requires the integration of the Microsoft* Service Pack into the operating
system installation process to understand the extended sleep state support.
The following is a list of Microsoft* operating systems and required service
packs:
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Microsoft Windows 2003*, 32-bit and 64-bit, requires Service Pack
1
Microsoft Windows 2003* SBS requires Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows XP*, 32-bit and 64-bit, requires Service Pack 2
Implication
Users cannot install a Microsoft Windows* operating system or upgrade the
system BIOS to BIOS 79 or BIOS 81 without a service pack integrated into the
installation process.
Status
This erratum was fixed in BIOS R0084. Users must upgrade BIOS to R0084 or
a later version then disable Deep C-state Support in the BIOS setup (Advanced
BIOS menu -> Processor submenu) before installing or booting a Microsoft
Windows* operating system without the required service pack.
Workaround
Users must remain on BIOS 76, use a Microsoft Windows* operating system
installation process that includes the service pack integrated into the
installation, or install the Microsoft Windows* operating system and the service
pack prior to updating to BIOS 79 or 81.
Note: The R2 release versions of Microsoft Windows* operating systems do not
exhibit this issue. Using this version of a Microsoft Windows* operating system
is also a valid workaround.
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Platform Confidence Test (PCT) may fail with BIOS 89 and later
version loaded
Problem
Customer may experience the following problems when they run PCT on Intel®
Server Board S5000VCL with BIOS89 and later version loaded. There are two
types of test options when a customer runs a PCT test: Quick Test and
Comprehensive Test. A customer may see the following during a PCT test:
Quick Test
***ERROR T.EXE
Unknown error:MSDRAM64.EXE
Standard Error Code = 01300005
Comprehensive Test
System hangs at Probing ICH
Status
This erratum was fixed with BIOS R0094
Workaround
This issue is caused by imcompatibility between the BIOS and PCT; it does not
impact system stablity or performance. Customer can ignore this issue or roll
back to BIOS 85 to run the PCT.
9.
BIOS 94 does not support mixed stepping E-0 and C-0 processors
Problem
BIOS code specifically designed to allow support for mixed stepping
processors was not included in BIOS R0094.
Implication
The use of mixed stepping E-0 and C-0 processors and BIOS R0094 may
cause erratic system behavior such as operating systems failing to load or
install.
Status
This erratum was fixed in BIOS R0096 and later version.
Workaround
None
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S5000VCL cannot boot from SATA CD/DVD ROM using a “bootable”
10.
Microsoft* DOS CD/DVD when RAID (or AHCI) is Enabled via the
BIOS setup
Problem
Users cannot boot S5000VCL from SATA CD/DVD ROM using a “bootable”
MSDOS based CD/DVD when RAID (or AHCI) is enabled via the BIOS Setup.
Implication
Users needing to boot to any MS-DOS based diagnostic, pre-install, or
application CDs (for example, Bart’s PE), are limited to using only the “IDE”
mode setting in the BIOS. Please note: Operating system installation CDs are
not affected by this issue since they typically use “iso-linux”.
Status
This is a known limitation. Whenever the RAID (or AHCI) setting is selected, the
Advanced Host Controller Interface Option ROM is loaded. Unfortunately,
AHCI is not supported by the Microsoft* Disk Operating System (MS-DOS).
Workaround
None.
11.
System May not Boot After Multiple DC power Cycles with BIOS
Revision R0098
Problem
If console redirection and Legacy OS redirection are both enabled in BIOS
setup, the system may hang early during POST after multiple DC power cycles.
Implication
Users may occasionally experience system hangs during POST, after multiple
power cycles, if console redirection and legacy OS redirection have been
configured as enabled in BIOS setup.
Status
This issue may be fixed in a future BIOS revision.
Workaround
A soft system reboot (<CTL> <ALT> <DEL>) will result in a subsequent
successful completion of POST.
12.
Windows* Server 2003 may hang when logging in to Intel® Raid Web
Console2 version 3.04-05 with ESRTII Raid enabled
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When using windows* server 2003 with onboard ESRTII raid enabled, user
may experience system to hang when trying to log in to Intel® Raid Web
Console2, BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) and either of the following messages
are displayed:
- BAD_POOL_HEADER Error code: STOP 0x00000019
- IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Error code: STOP 0x000000D1
Implication
This issue is caused by a minor bug in Intel® Raid Web Console2 software
code.
Status
This erratum may be fixed in a future Intel® Raid Web Console2 revision.
Workaround
Downgrade the Intel® Raid Web Console2 version to v2.92-01.
13.
System would only boot to CD/DVD drive with BIOS Revision R0098
when RMM2 installed
Problem
If RMM2 is installed and CD/DVD drive is the first BIOS boot option, the system
will not skip CD/DVD drive as expected when there is no bootable media in the
drive.
Implication
Users would experience system (with RMM2 installed) boot failure when there
is no bootable media in CD/DVD drive.
Status
This issue will be fixed in a future BIOS revision.
Workaround
No.
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Documentation Changes
1. The system Quick Reference Label (QRL) shows an incorrect default
setting for the BIOS Bank Select jumper.
Problem
The illustration for the BIOS Bank Select jumper in the QRL shows the default
jumper setting as 1-2; however, the factory default jumper setting is 2-3.
Status
Will be fixed in future QRL update.
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Workaround
Refer to the Technical Product Specification document for the correct settings.
The BIOS Bank Select jumper block (located at J3A2) is used to select which
BIOS image the system will boot to. Pin 1 on the jumper is identified by ‘▼’.
You should only move this jumper to force the BIOS to boot to the secondary
bank, which may hold a different version of BIOS. The rolling BIOS feature of
the server board will automatically alternate the boot BIOS to the secondary
bank if the BIOS image in the primary bank is corrupted and cannot boot.
The correct setting should be:
Pins
What happens at system reset…
1-2
Force BIOS to bank 2
2-3
System is configured for normal operation (bank 1) (Default)
2. The Intel® Server System SR1530CL Quick Start User’s Guide shows
incorrect cable routing for the hard drive power cable.
Problem
The illustration in the Intel® Server System SR1530CL Quick Start User’s Guide
for routing the hard drive power cable does not show it routed through the
cable clip attached to the top of the HDD carrier.
Status
Will be fixed in future update.
Workaround
After the hard drive is installed, before plugging the connector into the hard
drive, route the power cable through the cable clip located on top of the HDD
carrier. Refer to the written instructions in the Quick Start User’s Guide.
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3. The Intel® Server System SR1530CL User’s Guide shows incorrect
cable routing for the hard drive power cable.
Problem
The illustration in the Intel® Server System SR1530CL User’s Guide for routing
the hard drive power cable does not show it routed through the cable clip
attached to the top of the HDD carrier.
Status
Will be fixed in future update.
Workaround
After the hard drive is installed, before plugging the connector into the hard
drive, route the power cable through the cable clip located on top of the HDD
carrier. Refer to the written instructions in the User’s Guide.
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