[rescue] SGI Octane hardware issues

Mike Killebrew fugi at bl.org
Thu Feb 14 16:51:59 CST 2008

In message <20080214081708.GB9646 at helluin.org>, you write:
> On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 01:01:54AM -0600, Mike Killebrew wrote:
> > I have an octane that no longer powers on, fans come on, but no
> > lights or joy. Anyone able to speculate as to the cause of the
> > problem? frontplane or power supply?
> If you haven't tried, reseat everything (mainboard, graphics, power
> supply). Octanes, with their compression connectors, are suprisingly
> finicky about these things.
> It's possible that somehow the system is misconfigured and the light bar
> bulb burnt out. You could double check the XIO leds (take off the front
> cover, on the lower left) to see if the backplane is working and talking
> to anything else. I believe the meaning of all the LEDs is documented in
> the Octane manual. If that appears okay, I'd set up a console on the 
> serial port to see if it is generating any errors. IIRC, the system
> should report any errors over the serial port regardless of the PROM
> configuration.
> Alas, I have a R10K Octane, but it lacks a power supply which may very
> well be your problem.

First thing I tried was reseating. I never understood why they
didn't use LED for the light bar instead.. weird. I'll give serial
console a try, didn't figure it'd spit out anything without any
lights, thanks.

Mike Killebrew

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