Avocent ACS Repair

NOTE: you need to have the right console cable to see the right bootup screens

Device: Cyclades ACS 16
Problem: Kernel Panic Error at bootup, out of the box

Steps from Tech Support: http://global.cyclades.com/support/faqs1.php?nid=79 and http://faq.cyclades.de/index.php?nid=4

The steps I took to repair the ACS:

  1. Download a fresh copy of the firmware
  2. Setup a TFTP Server with the firmware
  3. Bootup the ACS with the right Console cable
  4. press ESC once on the ethernet test and answer the boot menu with the following answers
  5. 
    
    Booting from Original Boot 2.0.1  (Jun/04/03)  Cyclades Corporation
    Testing RAM .............................. SKIPPED
    Memory detected: 131072 Kbytes
    Testing FLASH ............................ OK
    Flash detected: 256 Kbytes
    Testing Flash [Configuration] ............ OK
    Storage Device Detected .................. OK
    Compact Flash SanDisk SDCFB-16
    Size: 16 Mbytes
    Testing Storage Device [Op Code] ......... SKIPPED
    Interface Cards Detected ................. OK
    32-UART ports detected
    PCMCIA Support Detected .................. OK
    Power Supply Capability .................. DUAL
    Testing Ethernet ......................... OK            <-- press ESC once
    Testing Real Time Clock .................. OK
    Testing Serial Number..................... OK
    ID is B9B6A908000074    
    
    Watchdog timer ((A)ctive or (I)nactive) [A] : a
    Firmware boot from ((F)lash or (N)etwork) [F] : n
    Boot type ((B)ootp,(T)ftp or Bot(H)) [T] : t
    Boot File Name [zvmppcts.bin] : acs/zImage.216
    IP address assigned to Ethernet interface [192.168.10.43] : 192.168.10.43
    Server's IP address [192.168.160.1] : 192.168.10.2
    MAC address assigned to Ethernet [00:60:2E:00:3D:4F] :
    Fast Ethernet ((A)uto Neg, 100 (B)tH, 100 Bt(F), 10 B(t)F, 10 Bt(H)) [A] :
    Network boot.
    Sending a tftp request.
    Trying file : acs/zImage.216
    Booting from 192.168.10.2  ............. 8375 kb
    Network boot completed.
    Received 8587246 bytes.
    CRC is ... OK
    
    
  6. Once the system boots up flash the firmware to make it permanent (FTP or DSView) NOTE: If you don’t do this step once the system reboots the problem will come back.
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One Response to Avocent ACS Repair

  1. Busty says:

    Nice looking site8-)

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