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[Freeipmi-users] IBM e325 and GNU FreeIPMI

From: Anand Babu
Subject: [Freeipmi-users] IBM e325 and GNU FreeIPMI
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 07:48:42 -0700
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IBM e325 BMC firmware has lots of bugs.

I got bmc-info to work inband. SMBIOS reports that BMC is memory
mapped, but it is really io ports based. I also found that GNU
FreeIPMI was checking for SMBIOS record length to be > 16 bytes which
should be >= 16 bytes. 

You should also unload OpenIPMI kernel modules before running GNU
FreeIPMI tools. (lsmod | grep ipmi and rmmod all of them).

Rest of the tools are waiting for data from BMC indefinitely in the
middle of I/O. I tried fiddling with poll interval. but no luck.
Proper fix should come from IBM.

Best approach for now is to use GNU FreeIPMI in out-of-band mode.
athena /root# bmc-info
Device ID:         0
Device Revision:   1
Firmware Revision: 1.72
                   [Device Available (normal operation)]
IPMI Version:      1.5
Additional Device Support:
                   [Sensor Device]
                   [SDR Repository Device]
                   [SEL Device]
                   [FRU Inventory Device]
                   [IPMB Event Receiver]
                   [Chassis Device]
Manufacturer ID:   2h
Product ID:        8835h
Aux Firmware Revision Info: 0h
Channel Information:
       Channel No: 0
      Medium Type: IPMB (I2C)
    Protocol Type: IPMB-1.0
       Channel No: 1
      Medium Type: 802.3 LAN
    Protocol Type: IPMB-1.0

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