General problem determination procedures

Use the information in this section to resolve problems if the event log does not contain specific errors or the server is inoperative.

If you are not sure about the cause of a problem and the power supplies are working correctly, complete the following steps to attempt to resolve the problem:
  1. Power off the server.

  2. Make sure that the server is cabled correctly.

  3. Remove or disconnect the following devices, one at a time, until you find the failure. Power on and configure the server each time you remove or disconnect a device.
    • Any external devices.

    • Surge-suppressor device (on the server).

    • Printer, mouse, and non-Lenovo devices.

    • Each adapter.

    • Hard disk drives.

    • Memory modules until you reach the minimum configuration that is supported for the server.

    Note: The minimum configuration required for the server to start is one processor and one 2 GB DIMM.
  4. Power on the server.

If the problem is solved when you remove an adapter from the server, but the problem recurs when you install the same adapter again, suspect the adapter. If the problem recurs when you replace the adapter with a different one, try a different PCIe slot.

If the problem appears to be a networking problem and the server passes all system tests, suspect a network cabling problem that is external to the server.