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The CPU Fails to Start When the Long Serial Cable Hangs in the Air

Publication Date:  2015-06-19 Views:  56 Downloads:  0
Issue Description
Hardware configuration:
A 19 m long serial cable between the server and the PC

Symptom:

The server cannot be powered on.

Handling Process
Ensure that the serial cable does not hang in the air.

Root Cause
The serial cable hanging in the air serves as an antenna which interferes with signals received by the CPU. The CPU supposes that data transmission starts and receives incorrect data.

If the serial cable is not connected to the PC and hangs in the air, signals at the transmit data (TXD) end are coupled into the receive data (RXD) end of the serial port. In this case, the CPU receives incorrect signals which are like an incorrect command through the serial port during startup. As a result, the CPU cannot start up, and the MM910 cannot issue a command for powering on the compute node.

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