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Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

 
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Hi,

My A500 has following configurations:
A500-A5570B with 2x440M CPUs, 1024M ram, run HP-UNIX 11.0

Before upgraded firmware, the attention LED is always blowing with old 40.90 firmware version. So, I decided to upgrade the latest firmware. I downloaded the patch PHSS_31925 from itrc.hp.com and applied the system. After finished to install this patch, the system rebooted and failed.

The warning message is 'The system contains an incompatible mix of processors'. The fault LED is ON consitantly.

I am sure th DIP setting has not been changed.

Many thanks.
Wei-Quan
11 REPLIES 11
Cheryl Griffin
Honored Contributor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

The message does not indicate that the DIP switch settings have changed but they may not be set right.

The firmware upgrade might have contained a new check for processor compatibility, so that is why you might be seeing the messages after the upgrade.

You need to have the CPUs and dip switches checked out.
"Downtime is a Crime."
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Griffin,

Thanks. I double checked DIP switchs setting. Since CPUs are 440M, current DIP is 100010 where 1 means UP or ON.

Can firmware 43.50 support 440M or not? How can I solve this critical problem?

Wei-Quan
Stefan Stechemesser
Honored Contributor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Hi,

do you still get a prompt after the warning ?
I'm aware that something like this once happened with the older firmware 42.19 after deconfiguring CPUs. There, a "rs" entered on the GSP prompt helped that the system came to BCH and could boot the kernel.
If you are not able to boot to BCH, then you have to call the HP support, maybe the system board or one of the CPUs are bad.
If you can boot to BCH, please try
- get to BCH information menue. Make information to all hardware and attach it
Some tries to fix the problem:
- try the "de" command in BCH service or configuration menue
- try deconfiguration/reconfiguration of one CPU via the BCH Service Menue.

best regards

Stefan
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Hi Stefan,

The new firmware can not recognize the speed of 440 CPU. Is it very strange?

All information of hardware are as follows.

----
Information Menu: Enter command > all

Model: hp server . (model string 9000/800 Series HPUX HPUX HPUX.)

PROCESSOR INFORMATION

HVERSION SVERSION Processor
Processor Speed Model Model/Op CVERSION State
--------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------------
0 Unknown 0x0fff 0x0491 3. 0 Active
1 Unknown 0x0fff 0x0491 3. 0 Idle

Central Bus Speed (in MHz) : 111
Software ID (dec) : 504700508
Software ID (hex) : 0x1e151e5c
Software Capability : 0x01f0


COPROCESSOR INFORMATION

Coprocessor Coprocessor Coprocessor
Processor Model Revision State
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------------
0 0x00000010 1 Functional
1 0x00000010 1 Functional

CACHE INFORMATION

Processor Instruction Cache Size Data Cache Size
----------- ----------------------- ---------------
0 512 KB 1 MB
1 512 KB 1 MB

MEMORY INFORMATION


MEMORY STATUS TABLE (MB) (Current Boot Status)

Slot 01 512M Active
Slot 02 512M Active
Slot 03 -
Slot 04 -

Slot 05 -
Slot 06 -
Slot 07 -
Slot 08 -

Subtotal 1024M

TOTAL = 1024 MB
---------


Memory Installation Guidelines
------------------------------

- DIMMs must be loaded in ascending slot order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Active, Installed Memory : 1024 MB of SDRAM
Deallocated Pages : 0 Pages
-----------
Available Memory : 1024 MB

Good Memory Required by OS : Not initialized. Defaults to 32 MB.

Memory
HVERSION SVERSION
-------- ----------
0x09b0 0x00000900

I/O MODULE INFORMATION

Path Slot IODC
Type (dec) Number HVERSION SVERSION Vers
---- ----- ------ -------- -------- ----
System bus adapter 0 0x5820 0xb10 0x0
Local bus adapter 0/0 4 0x7820 0xa00 0x0
Local bus adapter 0/2 1 0x7820 0xa00 0x0
Local bus adapter 0/4 2 0x7820 0xa00 0x0
Local bus adapter 0/6 3 0x7820 0xa00 0x0

PCI DEVICE INFORMATION
Path Vendor Device Bus Slot
Description (dec) Id Id # #
----------- ----- ---- ---- --- ---
Ethernet cntlr 0/0/0/0 0x1011 0x19 0 Built_In
SCSI bus cntlr 0/0/1/0 0x1000 0xb 0 Built_In
SCSI bus cntlr 0/0/1/1 0x1000 0xb 0 Built_In
SCSI bus cntlr 0/0/2/0 0x1000 0xf 0 Built_In
SCSI bus cntlr 0/0/2/1 0x1000 0xf 0 Built_In
Comp. ser cntlr 0/0/4/0 0x103c 0x1048 0 Built_In
Comp. ser cntlr 0/0/5/0 0x103c 0x1048 0 Built_In

BOOT INFORMATION

Processor Boot ID
--------- -------
0 1
1 1

Autoboot: ON
Autosearch: ON
Autostart: OFF
Fastboot: ON

Primary boot path: intscsia.15
0/0/1/1.15
0/0/01/01.f (hex)
Alternate boot path: intscsib.15
0/0/2/1.15
0/0/02/01.f (hex)
Console path: 0/0/4/0.643
0/0/04/0.283 (hex)
Keyboard path: 0/0/4/0.0
0/0/04/0.0 (hex)

LAN Station Address: 00306e-032855

Mon Nov 15 21:52:40 GMT 2004 (20:04:11:15:21:52:40)

FIRMWARE INFORMATION

Firmware Version: 43.50

Module Revision
------ --------
System Board A84043
PA 8600 CPU Module 3.0
PA 8600 CPU Module 3.0

FRU INFORMATION

FRU Name: CRE_SYS_BD
Part Number: A5570-60016
Serial Number: 40110F180M
Physical Location: 00ffff0001ffff69
Engineering Date Code: 4043
Art Work Revision: A8
Scan Revision:
FRU Specific Info:

FRU Name: CRE_PCI_BD
Part Number: A5570-60003
Serial Number: 40CC0ET8YU
Physical Location: 00ffff0002ffff69
Engineering Date Code: 4026
Art Work Revision: A3
Scan Revision:
FRU Specific Info:

FRU Name: CRE_SAS_BD
Part Number: A5570-60002
Serial Number: 40110EH8UM
Physical Location: 000000ffff06ff85
Engineering Date Code: 4026
Engineering Date Code: 4026
Art Work Revision: A2
Scan Revision:
FRU Specific Info:

FRU Name: DIMM_512
Part Number: A5841-60001
Serial Number: A56E03044812
Physical Location: 0000ff000001ff74
Engineering Date Code: 3938
Art Work Revision: A4
Scan Revision:
FRU Specific Info:

FRU Name: DIMM_512
Part Number: A5841-60001
Serial Number: A56E03044803
Physical Location: 0000ff000002ff74
Engineering Date Code: 3938
Art Work Revision: A4
Scan Revision:
FRU Specific Info:

Information Menu: Enter command >
Sorrel G. Jakins
Valued Contributor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

did you try the GSP reset ('rs') that Stefan suggested?
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Yes. I did GPS 'rs' already and it still boot failed.

Also I did 'de' in BCH configuration menu.
Already tried deconfig/reconfig CPUs in BCH menu.

The error keeps same. boot failed.
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

When I used old firmware 40.90 before upgraded, the system works well except the attention LED was blowing. The system can normally boot and login. There were 2 CPUs working when I ran unix command 'top'.

Now the new firmware of 43.50 can not boot successfully at all.
Stefan Stechemesser
Honored Contributor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Did you try the "de" command in BCH configuration menue ? Reset the server with "reset" after this.
If this does not help,
Please try deconfiguring CPU 1 with the CPU command in BCH configuration menue. I wonder if you can boot HPUX after that.
If this does not help, try deconfiguring the other CPU (reconfigure CPU 1 before this).
Keep in mind that a reset is needed to make the configuration change become performed after each CPU command.
please report if this has helped.
What kind of error message do you get when you try booting HPUX ?


best regards
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Hi Stefan,

All of your methods do not help. The error messages are as follows.
===========
Configuration Menu: Enter command > reset
Resetting ...


********** VIRTUAL FRONT PANEL **********
System Boot detected
*****************************************
LEDs: RUN ATTENTION FAULT REMOTE POWER
FLASH FLASH ON ON ON
LED State: Boot Failed. Running non-OS code. Non-critical error detected.
Check Chassis and Console Logs for error messages.

platform config 626F
processor slave rendezvous 1C17
processor test 1142
PDH INIT 3722
processor test 1100
processor test 1100
processor test 1100
processor test 1100
processor test 1100
PDH config 322F
PDH test 3149
PDH test 3160
platform test 616A
processor test 1146
processor INIT 1701
processor INIT 1701
processor test 1110
processor test 1110
processor test 1110
processor INIT 1701
processor test 1110
processor INIT 1701
processor test 1110
processor test 1110
processor slave rendezvous 1C17
processor test 1142

***** EARLY BOOT VFP : SYSTEM ALERT *****
SYSTEM NAME: a500
DATE: 11/17/2004 TIME: 00:34:02
ALERT LEVEL: 6 = Boot possible, pending failure - action required

REASON FOR ALERT
SOURCE: 3 = PDH
SOURCE DETAIL: 0 = unknown, no source stated SOURCE ID: 0
PROBLEM DETAIL: 0 = no problem detail

LEDs: RUN ATTENTION FAULT REMOTE POWER
FLASH FLASH ON ON ON
LED State: Boot Failed. Running non-OS code. Non-critical error detected.
Check Chassis and Console Logs for error messages.

0x0000006030001730 00000000 00000000 - type 0 = Data Field Unused
0x5800086030001730 0000680A 11002202 - type 11 = Timestamp 11/17/2004 00:34:02
A/a: ack read of this entry - Q/q: quit Virtual Front Panel Display
Anything else redisplay the log entry
->Choice:a
*****************************************

***** EARLY BOOT VFP : SYSTEM ALERT *****
SYSTEM NAME: a500
DATE: 11/17/2004 TIME: 00:34:02
ALERT LEVEL: 6 = Boot possible, pending failure - action required

REASON FOR ALERT
SOURCE: 3 = PDH
SOURCE DETAIL: 0 = unknown, no source stated SOURCE ID: 1
PROBLEM DETAIL: 0 = no problem detail

LEDs: RUN ATTENTION FAULT REMOTE POWER
FLASH FLASH ON ON ON
LED State: Boot Failed. Running non-OS code. Non-critical error detected.
Check Chassis and Console Logs for error messages.

0x0000006030011730 00000000 00000001 - type 0 = Data Field Unused
0x5800086030011730 0000680A 11002202 - type 11 = Timestamp 11/17/2004 00:34:02
A/a: ack read of this entry - Q/q: quit Virtual Front Panel Display
Anything else redisplay the log entry
->Choice:a
*****************************************
processor slave rendezvous 1C10
processor test 1142
PDH test 316E
PDH test 316E
PDH test 316E
memory config 7210
memory INIT 7702
memory INIT 771D
memory test 7150
memory config 7213
memory config 7213
memory config 7214
memory config 7213
memory config 7214
memory config 7213
memory config 7213
memory config 7213
memory config 7213
memory config 7213
memory config 7213
memory config 7213
memory config 7215
memory config 7216
memory config 72A0
memory test 71A1
memory test 71A2
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A3
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory config 7217
memory config 7218
memory config 72A0
memory test 71A1
memory test 71A2
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A3
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory config 7210
I/O INIT 8701
I/O test 8118
I/O test 8118
I/O INIT 8701
I/O INIT 8701
I/O INIT 8701
I/O INIT 8701
I/O INIT 8701
memory config 7240
memory INIT 7702
memory config 7241
memory config 7242
memory INIT 7745
memory config 72A0
memory test 71A1
memory test 71A2
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A3
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A4
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A5
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory test 71A6
memory INIT 7745
memory config 7240
I/O config 8204
I/O INIT 8701
I/O INIT 8701
I/O INIT 8701
I/O INIT 8701
I/O test 8119
I/O test 8119
I/O test 8119
I/O test 8119
I/O test 8119
I/O test 8119
I/O config 8204
processor test 1120
processor test 1120
processor INIT 1701
processor test 1120
processor test 1120
processor test 1120
processor INIT 1701
processor test 1120
processor slave rendezvous 1C40
processor test 1142
platform test 612A
I/O config 8238

*****************************************

************ EARLY BOOT VFP *************
End of early boot detected
*****************************************

Firmware Version 43.50

Duplex Console IO Dependent Code (IODC) revision 1

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(c) Copyright 1995-2002, Hewlett-Packard Company, All rights reserved
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Processor Speed State CoProcessor State Cache Size
Number State Inst Data
--------- -------- --------------------- ----------------- ------------
0 Unknown Active Functional 512 KB 1 MB
1 Unknown Idle Functional 512 KB 1 MB

Central Bus Speed (in MHz) : 111
Available Memory : 1048576 KB
Good Memory Required : Not initialized. Defaults to 32 MB.

Primary boot path: 0/0/1/1.15
Alternate boot path: 0/0/2/1.15
Console path: 0/0/4/0.643
Keyboard path: 0/0/4/0.0


WARNING: A fatal error has occurred- system cannot boot.
Review warning messages in the Information menu.

WARNING: The system contains an incompatible mix of processors.


---- Main Menu ---------------------------------------------------------------

Command Description
------- -----------
BOot [PRI|ALT|] Boot from specified path
PAth [PRI|ALT] [] Display or modify a path
SEArch [DIsplay|IPL] [] Search for boot devices

COnfiguration menu Displays or sets boot values
INformation menu Displays hardware information
SERvice menu Displays service commands

DIsplay Redisplay the current menu
HElp [|] Display help for menu or command
RESET Restart the system
----
Main Menu: Enter command or menu >
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50

Hi all,

I already solved this problem through change DIP switches.

I found a document from HP website and for A500 'B' board, 440CPU, the DIP should be 100110 where 1=closed and 0=open.

I attached a picture for other board's DIP setting.

Thanks.
BAO WEI-QUAN
Occasional Advisor

Re: Urgent Help: A500 boot failed after upgraded firmware to 43.50


Change DIP switches according to HP A500 hardware document.