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Thanks Alex! I pulled all the cards (raid, cache, and an ethernet card) and it didn't help. I swapped the memory riser from another machine and Bingo! It powered on for a while before shutting down (assuming since no drives or anything was connected to actually IPL from ). So getting closer. I'd never been so happy to hear the "jet engines" engage 😊 Thanks again for the hint!


message: 2
date: Wed, 20 Apr 2022 09:54:19 +0200
from: Alex Mart?nez <ajut400@xxxxxxxxx>
subject: Re: IBM power 720 express won't IPL

Hi Justin

It could be a hardware issue, either an adapter failure or something missing causing the IPL to complete.
For example: without the VPD card system will not boot

Likewise, I would also uninstall the adapters that are not necessary.

Check from the ASMI
[+] System Information -> Vital Product Data and press the "Display all details" button in case any element does not indicate the type or serial number Also in the logs there should be more information about a hardware failure [+] System Service Aids -> Error/Event Logs

El mar, 19 abr 2022 a las 23:19, Justin Lee (<nitsuj928@xxxxxxxxxxx>)

I Just got a 720 (8202-E4B) off ebay and cannot get the thing to IPL.
I was able to reset the password and get into ASMI and was able to
reset it to factory (not sure if it fully reset or not seems like the
firmware reset portion isn't working. It says "powering on system"
then resets the service processor). When I try to power on the control
panel flips through some codes and ends at C10F20FF then the service
processor resets. I Looked up the SRC code, but not really seeing
anything in the IBM documentation on how to fix it. In ASMI two errors
are listed. The first is B181C350 then one second later B18187DA. Both
loops back to loading firmware (procedure FSPSP04). I followed the
steps to load the latest from a USB flash drive for a standalone
system (rpm file on usb drive plugged into the right USB port on the back), but still get the same errors when I try to power it up.
I feel like it is a simple step I am missing, but I have never dealt
with an IBM power before, just an old AS/4
00 from back in the day that just needed to be fed disks and hooked
to a console :) Obviously this thing is old and IBM wouldn't even
answer the phone for it, even if I could afford the contract :) Any
tips would be appreciated.

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