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First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Hello,
since 3 or 4 month, the first POST of a proliant server can be very long.

Sometimes, it can be up to 10 or 12 minutes.

During this time, the fans are running at 100%
there are no keyboard and no vidéo.

When the proliant logo apears, the fans slow down and the system will show the memory installed, in black, on a withe screen.

after this step, the server will always start as fast as usual...

We are integrating CPU and memories on a dozen of proliant a day, this is _VERY_ time consuming.

is this behaviour correct ? I Hope there is a workaround ...

Benoît.
16 REPLIES
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Hi,


Just one thing.
Clear the nvram then check.
second try removing SCSCI devices then check again difference in performance in booting.

REgards,
Prashant S.
Nothing is impossible
Terry Hutchings
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

If you power a server up for the first time (out of the box) it may take a while for it to get video. On some models it may take almost 10 minutes, but this is usually the first time it's ever brought up, not everytime.

If you reboot or shutdown one of these servers does the problem happen again or is it only the first time?
The truth is out there, but I forgot the URL..

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

You are right Ted, this behaviour occure only at the very first power-on of the server.

If I reboot the server, the boot is faster, there is not any more the "Bios memory diagnostic"

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Sorry, I wnated to say "Terry", not "Ted"...
Terry Hutchings
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

I forgot to say this but, it is normal for this to occur when the server is brought up the first time.
The truth is out there, but I forgot the URL..
Oleg Koroz
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

related
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=PSD_EL050519_CW01

... wait for up to ten minutes for the server to initiate POST and video. The delayed startup does not occur during any subsequent power up sequences and does not affect the performance or functionality of the server.
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Hi,

Which model of the server and
what is configuration of the server.

REgards,
Prashant S.
Nothing is impossible

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Yesterday, we had:
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ53503AD
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ535029K
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ53503AF
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ535029R
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ535029L
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ53503AE
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ53103SG
ProLiant DL360 G4p GBJ53503AG

with basic configuration:
DIMM1 DDR Synchronous 400 MHz (2.5 ns)
DIMM2 DDR Synchronous 400 MHz (2.5 ns)
Proc1 Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.40GHz
verry first Time to boot 1 minute (out of the box, Display the "Bios memory diagnostic" and says 2 x 1 GB DIMMS)
second time to boot 20 seconds

adding
DIMM3 DDR Synchronous 400 MHz (2.5 ns)
DIMM4 DDR Synchronous 400 MHz (2.5 ns)
Proc2 Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.40GHz
Time to boot 1 minute (Display the "Bios memory diagnostic") and says 4 x 1 GB DIMMS, with 2 new DIMMS on slot 3 and 4
second time to boot 20 seconds
all new boot /reboot without memory change will take only 20 seconds.
after, we add the two SCSI disks.

One minute to test 2 GB of memory, this is the time to unpack the server, open it and add the memory banks.

We need 50 % more time to integrate our custommer's hardware configuration

For 8 or 12 Gb, this time is about 4 and 6 minutes ... lost for nothing ...




Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Hi,

Check RBSU for following setting
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POST Speed Up
IMPORTANT: POST Speed Up applies only to 32-bit servers.
The POST Speed Up option is a simple toggle setting that enables or disables the extended power-up memory test. When POST Speed Up is set to Enabled, the extended power-up memory test is not executed, and the server powers up more quickly.
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I think this will do

Regards,
Prashant S.
Nothing is impossible
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Hi,

Check the image for more details.

That's the thing we were looking for

Regards
Prashant S>
Nothing is impossible
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Do assign points on posts.
Nothing is impossible

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Hello Prashant Sharma,

I'll check the "POST Speed Up"
as soon I have some proliant do work with.

This morning, I just have IBM things :-(

regards,
Benoît.
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Hi,

I will be waiting for your inputs.
Friend never assign 0 points looks bad want to do assign less put 1 instead of 0 :-).

Take care.

Regards,
Prashant S.
Nothing is impossible

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

modifying the bios before adding the new memory takes too much time.

The behaviour appens with this bios: P52 (06/01/2005)
Now, with the newer bios P52 (08/16/2005)it is possible to break the test, or just watching the progression of the memory test.

I think that problem is now solved with the newer Bios.

Regards,
Benoît.

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

Now, the latest BIOS are more friendly,
the memory test is much more shorter, or, if
not shorter, as you can watch the progression of the test on the screen, the time seems to be shorter ... ;-)

bye-bye,
Benoit.

Re: First POST can be up to 10 minutes ....

no more problem,
the tread can be closed now.