[CentOS] Boot failure after install on IBM x3550 M3

Toralf Lund toralf.lund at pgs.com
Wed Nov 17 03:14:22 EST 2010


>
>>>>>>> I'm trying to install CentOS 5.5 on a couple of servers of type IBM
>>>>>>> System x3550 M3, but it's not going too well. Actually, the install
>>>>>>> setup phase runs as expected, and the actual installation also appears
>>>>>>> to be successful, but the system will not boot [ ... ]
>>>>>>>
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>>>>>> Make sure all the firmware is up to date. I've had an IBM x3550 M3 and it couldn't even boot a Windows 2008 R2 64 bit CD with the firmware it shipped with.
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>>>>> That seems like a useful tip, but do you know what exactly I need to
>>>>> install and where to find it? I'm looking at an IBM download page right
>>>>> now, but it's a little confusing - I can't seem to find anything that
>>>>> it's obviously the *system* firmware, only entries like "Firmware for
>>>>> Rack&   Tower LCD UPS" and " Firmware for Local Console Manager".
>>>>>
>>>>> - Toralf
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>>>> What's the model and type? It should be xxxx-yyy where x can be 0-9 and y can be 0-9&  A-z.  You can find it on the front of the chassis.
>>>>
>>>>   [ ... ]
>> Search for UEFI firmware. Those IBM servers don't have a classic BIOS anymore, they are EFI based. I looked it up following your model/type and found the updates.
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>> http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/systemx/quickorder?parent=ibm/Systemx3550M3&product=ibm/systemx/7944&&platform=All&function=fixId&fixids=ibm_fw_uefi_d6e149a_linux_32-64&source=fc
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> Ah. Thanks.
>
> I believe I missed that file because I searched for operating system 
> independent components (because firmware doesn't use the OS, right?), 
> but apparently I should have chosen some Linux variant instead.
>   
I should perhaps mention that I found a solution, sort of: It seems like 
the problem is that the system simply won't boot from a single hard disk 
set up as just that - a single, separate drive. I suspect this has 
something to do with the disk/RAID controller firmware, but updating it 
did not help. If, on the other hand, I define (from within the 
controller setup screen) a "RAID" containing only one drive, everything 
works just fine...

- Toralf

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