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giriplug
Frequent Advisor

rx2600 date and time reset

hi guys,

i have a rx2600 running with redhat v4 facing a problem with system date,once the machine is shutdown completely the system time is showing the factory setting date which is 1/1/1998.i tried to set the date back using the efi shell but still the same once its being shutdown.Upon booting up it shows

warning 1 invalid real time date cleared
warning 48 SAL NVM cleared
warning 49 EFI NVM cleared

once the above message comes out the date is set to the default setting..is it because of the system board battery is causing all this problem or is there anything else could be causing thiis problem?

thx in advance
raj
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RAC_1
Honored Contributor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

did you check the battery?? Also of EFI, you need to set the date in GMT.
There is no substitute to HARDWORK
Arunvijai_4
Honored Contributor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

Hi Raj, Check the status of the battery in the mother board and set time in MP prompt. Check this page for setting the date, http://docs.hp.com/en/AB331-90005-en/ch04s03.html

Also, it nothing works, log a call with HP support.

-Arun
"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"
giriplug
Frequent Advisor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

hi

how do i check this battery status?how do i set it in gmt time zone?in linux also do i nee to use ^b to access to mp mode?

im new to rx servers....

thx
RAC_1
Honored Contributor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

Logon to MP. do sl, it should show the errors if any. I do not know if battery staus will be shown there or not.

Setting the time GMT is done as follows.
TIME
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Read or set the real time clock in GMT.

Syntax:

TIme

Shortcut: ti

Location:

This command resides in the INFORMATION menu of a multi-level user interface.

Parameters:

[c:y:m:d:h:m:[s]] GMT values.

Valid GMT values:

cn century, 19-20

yr year, 0-99

mo month, 1-12

dy day of the month, 1-31

hr hour of the day, 0-23

mn minute, 0-59

ss second, 0-59

Dates through December 31, 23:59:59, 2069 are supported.

Use:

N/A

Operation:

N/A

Help Text:

Configuration Menu: Enter command > he ti

---- TIME Help --------------------------------

TIME reads and sets the Real Time Clock in GMT.

TIme Display the Real Time Clock in GMT

TIme cn:yr:mo:dy:hr:mn:ss Set the Real Time Clock in GMT

Short command for TIme: ti

Examples:

Set time to July 4, 1976, 11:30:00 P.M. GMT.

Configuration Menu: Enter command > ti 19:76:07:04:23:30:00

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There is no substitute to HARDWORK
giriplug
Frequent Advisor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

thx on the tips on the gmt but can i use the battery in n4000 to replace the rx battery?is there other servers battery is compatible with the rx system board batt?
giriplug
Frequent Advisor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

thx for the tips on the gmt but can i use the battery in n4000 to replace the rx battery?is there other servers battery is compatible with the rx system board batt?
RAC_1
Honored Contributor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

Check battery voltage/current ratings. Replace only if they match.
There is no substitute to HARDWORK
giriplug
Frequent Advisor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

hi,

battery seems to be fine cause i have switched the battery but the problem still persist....by the way how do i get into the MP from redhat?is there any solutions to my problem?
giriplug
Frequent Advisor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

hi guys,

i manage to go to the mp menu but i dont know how to set the date and time.it shows uninitialise hostname....

raj
Sameer_Nirmal
Honored Contributor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

Hi,

The "uninitialise hostname" message is OK and appears if the MP/iLO hostname is not set.The procedure given by RAC is for setting time and date from EFI configuration menu.

You can see the current date from MP using
MP > CM >DATE
This date should match with date set through EFI.

With MP installed in the rx2600 server , there are 2 button-batteries. One on MP card and another on system board. As per the messages during bootup , EFI is flashing those messages on account of invalid date. I hope you have changed the system board battery.
Did you set the time and date after replacing the system board battery? If not , follow doc given below and confirm
the battery is working OK.

http://www2.itrc.hp.com/service/cki/docDisplay.do?docLocale=en_US&docId=200000079777626


For reference about MP, EFI , rx2600 hardware , refer following docs.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00307512/c00307512.pdf
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00215121/c00215121.pdf
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/lpn04096/lpn04096.pdf

In the worst case , RTC chip on the system board would be bad. In that case you need to palce a h/w call to HP and get the board replaced.
giriplug
Frequent Advisor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

hi sameer,

i have changed the battery on the system board and i changed the date and time using the efi but still the problem persist.I can go to the MP but i cant change the date, when i type CM its not going to the mp menu.

is it important that you set the date and time in MP and not efi?

thx
Sameer_Nirmal
Honored Contributor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

Hi Raj,

As I said before, you can only see the current date in MP > CM > DATE. There is no way to set date or time in MP. You can only set them through EFI.

As far as seeing "date" through MP is concerned, just connect to MP either through serial port or LAN console, log-on and you will get MP Main Menu and MP prompt
MP > CM
MP > CM > DATE

Take a look at System Event Log (SEL) and Forward Progress Log (FPL) in "text mode" using
MP > SL
Check if you see any event log related to RTC or date/time.
Refer the docs given in my last post as well.

Now assuming the battery is good and installed properly , then problem could be with RTC on the system board. Log a h/w call to HP and get the board replaced.
giriplug
Frequent Advisor

Re: rx2600 date and time reset

thx guys for the help....