Light path diagnostics

Light path diagnostics is a system of LEDs on various external and internal components of the server. When an error occurs, LEDs are lit throughout the server. By viewing the LEDs in a particular order, you can often identify the source of the error.

When LEDs are lit to indicate an error, they remain lit when the server is turned off, provided that the server is still connected to power and the power supply is operating correctly.

Before you work inside the server to view light path diagnostics LEDs, read the safety information that begins on Safety and Handling static-sensitive devices.

If an error occurs, view the light path diagnostics LEDs in the following order:

  1. Look at the operator information panel on the front of the server.
    • If the information LED is lit, it indicates that information about a suboptimal condition in the server is available in the IMM system-event log or in the system-error log.
    • If the system-error LED is lit, it indicates that an error has occurred; go to step #c_light_path_diagnostics/view_lightpath.
    The following illustration shows the operator information panel:
    Figure 1. Operator information panel
    Operator information panel
  2. To view the light path diagnostics panel, slide the blue release latch on the operator panel to the left. Pull forward on the panel until the hinge of the operator panel is free of the server chassis. Then pull down on the panel so that you can view the light path diagnostics panel information. This reveals the light path diagnostics panel. Lit LEDs on this panel indicate the type of error that has occurred.
    Note: When you slide the light path diagnostics panel out of the server to check the LEDs or checkpoint codes, do not run the server continuously with the light path diagnostics panel outside of the server. The panel should only be outside of the server a short time. The light path diagnostics panel must remain in the server when the server is running to ensure proper cooling.
    The following illustration shows the light path diagnostics panel:
    Figure 2. Light path diagnostics panel exposure
    Light path diagnostics panel

    Note any LEDs that are lit, and then reinstall the light path diagnostics panel in the server.

    Note: When you slide the light path diagnostics panel out of the server to check the LEDs or checkpoint codes, do not run the server continuously with the light path diagnostics panel outside of the server. The panel should only be outside of the server a short time. The light path diagnostics panel must remain in the server when the server is running to ensure proper cooling.

    Look at the system service label inside the server cover, which gives an overview of internal components that correspond to the LEDs on the light path diagnostics panel. This information and the information in Light path diagnostics LEDs can often provide enough information to diagnose the error.

  3. Remove the server cover and look inside the server for lit LEDs. Certain components inside the server have LEDs that are lit to indicate the location of a problem.
    The following illustration shows the LEDs and connectors on the system board.
    Figure 3. System-board LEDs
    System-board LEDs