[Beowulf] Problems with Microway Navion/SuperMicro server VGA display

Prentice Bisbal prentice at ias.edu
Mon Sep 27 16:03:11 EDT 2010

Nevermind. User-error.


Prentice Bisbal wrote:
> Beowulfers,
> Are any of you having problems with the VGA console on your Microway
> Navion or Supermicro servers?
> About 2 months ago, I received for new Microway Navion Servers with
> Fermi GPUs. These servers are just rebranded SuperMicro servers with the
> H8DGG-QF motherboard.
> I had this problem when I first started working with these systems, but
> then it disappeared. Now that I'm trying to reinstall the OS on a couple
> of systems, I can no longer get a VGA console.
> Here's the symptoms: When I plug in the monitor on my crash, cart, it
> recognizes that there's a computer connected. Otherwise it would display
> the self-test message, indicating that NOTHING is connected. However, a
> split second after detecting it's connected to a computer, it goes right
> into power saving mode  - the LED in Dell monitor's powerbutton goes
> from green to orange.
> The keyboard works, because the numlock LED goes on and off as expected.
> The GPU cards are Tesla cards that don't even have a display port on
> them, so I don't think I need to specify the on-board display in the
> BIOS, and if this needed to be done, I would assume that Microway would
> have done this before shipping the system.
>  Am I making an ass out of myself by assuming this? I was able to get a
> console on these systems at one point without tinkering with the bios.

Prentice Bisbal
Linux Software Support Specialist/System Administrator
School of Natural Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, NJ
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