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 Post subject: power5 nightmare
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:45 am 
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Scored a power5 system at an online auction, but soon the joy turned into a nightmare.
The system comes up but then goes right back to power-off status.
Several codes appear on the front panel display. Since the server has no framebuffer, I had to connect via serial terminal to collect more information.
19200,8,N,1,hardware and I was logged on using the default user/pass.
After looking at the different options, I powered up the system.
The fans seem to go full speed and several codes are dumped on the terminal screen.
Then the server goes back to power-off status. I log on again on the serial console and look at the error logs.

Seems like the firmware is way out of date. So I look up on IBM and find the latest firmware. However, I need a service contract to download anything there. Crap.

One of the error logs says procedure FSPSP38 needs to be applied. On the system in question, a 9131-52A, that means replacing the system backplane, which I suppose is the mainboard.
Have I bought a burnt system? If I change the mainboard (there's one for sale at fleabay) will I be able to get this box running, or will I have to go through IBM?
On IBM's capacity on demand database, the system seems to have the processor activation code (POD). Will I also have to activate the RAM (MOD)?? I have only worked on AIX as a user before. Would probably install linux on this beast if I manage to get it running.

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 Post subject: Re: power5 nightmare
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:35 am 
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During the weekend I tried to mount the P5 drives on a linux box, without success (gparted had jfs support).
Disklabel was unrecognized.
Is there a way to mount AIX hard drives on any other platform/os?
Reseated RAM and other components and started the server again.
I get the following error codes:

Code:
Error/Event LogsPlatform Event Log - 50005AEC
Created at :   04/16/2012 19:26:58
Driver Name :   fips240/b1118a_0637.240
Subsystem :   Service Processor Firmware
Event Severity :   Predictive Error
Action Flags :   Report to Operating System
   Service Action Required
   HMC Call Home
   Service Processor Call Home Required
Action Status :   Processed
Primary System Reference Code
Reference Code :   B181201B
Hex Words 2 - 5 :   020130F0 53B87610 C1802000 000000FF
Hex Words 6 - 9 :   00000002 00000000 00000000 00000000
Maintenance Procedure Required
Priority :   Mandatory, replace all with this type as a unit
Procedure Number :   FSPSP04
Maintenance Procedure Required
Priority :   Medium Priority
Procedure Number :   FSPSP06


Platform Event Log - 50005AE4
Created at :   04/16/2012 19:26:39
Driver Name :   fips240/b1118a_0637.240
Subsystem :   CEC Hardware Subsystem
Event Severity :   Unrecoverable Error
Action Flags :   Report to Operating System
   Service Action Required
   HMC Call Home
   Service Processor Call Home Required
Action Status :   Processed
Primary System Reference Code
Reference Code :   B150F22A
Hex Words 2 - 5 :   020130F0 53B80F10 C1009118 200000FF
Hex Words 6 - 9 :   0000F230 00000003 00800000 00000004
Maintenance Procedure Required
Priority :   Mandatory, replace all with this type as a unit
Procedure Number :   FSPSP01


Platform Event Log - 50005AC8
Created at :   04/16/2012 19:26:12
Driver Name :   fips240/b1118a_0637.240
Subsystem :   CEC Hardware Subsystem
Event Severity :   Predictive Error
Action Flags :   Report to Operating System
   Service Action Required
   HMC Call Home
Action Status :   Processed
Primary System Reference Code
Reference Code :   B150F244
Hex Words 2 - 5 :   020130F0 53B80A10 C1009012 000000FF
Hex Words 6 - 9 :   00000000 0000002D 00810255 00000000
Maintenance Procedure Required
Priority :   Mandatory, replace all with this type as a unit
Procedure Number :   FSPSP38
Normal Hardware FRU
Priority :   Mandatory, replace all with this type as a unit
Location Code :   U787F.001.DPM2WYP-P1
Part Number :   42R7430
CCIN :   53B8
Serial Number :   YL1027080020
MFG Replacement Unit Id :   0x00810255
Priority :   Mandatory, replace all with this type as a unit



And the progress indicators:

Code:
Progress Indicator History

Listed in reverse chronological order.
√   Progress Indicator   Time
   11002637    2012-04-16 19:28:07
   C19220FF    2012-04-16 19:28:06
   C1922000    2012-04-16 19:27:31
   C19120FF    2012-04-16 19:27:30
   C1912000    2012-04-16 19:27:25
   B150F22A    2012-04-16 19:27:13
   C18020FF    2012-04-16 19:27:13
   C1802000    2012-04-16 19:26:50
   C1009118    2012-04-16 19:26:39
   C1C3C200    2012-04-16 19:26:13
   C1009018    2012-04-16 19:26:13
   C1009012    2012-04-16 19:26:10
   C1009006    2012-04-16 19:26:09
   C1009023    2012-04-16 19:26:09
   C1009004    2012-04-16 19:26:09
   C1472000    2012-04-16 19:26:06
   C12020FF    2012-04-16 19:26:05
   C1202000    2012-04-16 19:26:04
   C11320FF    2012-04-16 19:26:03
   C1132000    2012-04-16 19:26:02
   C11220FF    2012-04-16 19:26:01
   C1122000    2012-04-16 19:25:56
   C100C1FF    2012-04-16 19:25:54
   C100C1A2    2012-04-16 19:25:54
   C100C1A0    2012-04-16 19:25:54
   C100C1A1    2012-04-16 19:25:53
   C100C1A0    2012-04-16 19:25:52
   C100C184    2012-04-16 19:25:52
   C100C180    2012-04-16 19:25:52
   C100C168    2012-04-16 19:25:51
   C100C169    2012-04-16 19:25:50
   C100C168    2012-04-16 19:25:49
   C100C166    2012-04-16 19:25:49
   C100C165    2012-04-16 19:25:48
   C100C164    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C162    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C160    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C154    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C150    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C122    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C120    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C108    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C106    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C100C104    2012-04-16 19:25:46
   C11120FF    2012-04-16 19:25:44
   C100C102    2012-04-16 19:25:44
   C100C100    2012-04-16 19:25:44
   C1009002    2012-04-16 19:25:39
   C162E42E    2012-04-16 19:25:34
   C162E42E    2012-04-16 19:25:34
   C162E42D    2012-04-16 19:25:34
   C162E42D    2012-04-16 19:25:34
   C162E40E    2012-04-16 19:25:34
   C162E440    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E433    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E416    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E429    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E429    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E428    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E428    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E42A    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E42A    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E439    2012-04-16 19:25:33
   C162E42C    2012-04-16 19:25:32
   C162E42C    2012-04-16 19:25:32
   C162E418    2012-04-16 19:25:32


Seems like a firmware upgrade is urgent. Yet I'm unable to get to SMS menu or OF prompt so I can boot from a recovery CD.
Tried the USB stick method which is outlined for P6 and P7, but it would not recognize 2 sticks I tried (not even sure if this method works on P5).
Any ideas?

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 Post subject: Re: power5 nightmare
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:07 pm 
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as the system tells you to replace "42R7430 "...this looks not very promising. 42R7430 is the systemboard :?

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 Post subject: Re: power5 nightmare
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:07 am 
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yetanother**ixuser wrote:
as the system tells you to replace "42R7430 "...this looks not very promising. 42R7430 is the systemboard :?

OUCH. This is probably why it was sold...I hope it didn't cost too much...


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 Post subject: Re: power5 nightmare
Unread postPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:00 pm 
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zahal wrote:
During the weekend I tried to mount the P5 drives on a linux box, without success (gparted had jfs support).
Disklabel was unrecognized.
Is there a way to mount AIX hard drives on any other platform/os?


Not that I'm aware of. The JFS/JFS2 implementations in AIX differ from the Linux JFS implementation which has roots in OS/2 rather than AIX. AIX also uses LVM (different from Linux's LVM naturally) since AIX 3.

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