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Solved: IBM Server Xseries 226 does not detect RAM, The error signal 3-3-3

Solved: IBM Server Xseries 226 does not detect RAM, The error signal 3-3-3

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Few days ago I encountered this problem in my clients server, IBM Server Xseries 226 does not detect RAM, the error beep signal 3-3-3. Here I tried a lot ways to fix the problem then finally I found the fix, Just stick with me.

I find may people asking the same question on may websites. Here I embedded few requests from people on other websites. (Note: Reason I embed questions is because you can relate your problem and find the solution for your answer)

” Hello, I recently bought IBM Server Xseries 226 without disks, ram and power supply. 
– I have 2 processors in it. I adapted and activated it on the Delta Electronics power supply. The only memory I found was memory: (logo such M in the oval) MT18HTF6472AY-53EB2 512MB 2Rx8 pc2-4200E-444-12-B0, DDR2, 533MHz CL4, ECC, art 2. The board supports only 400MHz with ECC.

My questions: 

– Is this memory in any way compatible with this server (motherboard ms-9151)? 

– Can a normal ATX power supply “work” temporarily for about 1 month? 

– What could be the reason for these 3-3-3 beeps? 

I really want to run it quite cheaply. 

Best Regards. Patrick “


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“I have a IBM xSeries 226 | IBM Server Xseries 226
– A 3-3-3 beep code sounds then the fans blow loud and the screen stays blank.No POST messages display on screen.I found this link on another form.
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/systems/support/access_ibm_en/25k8108.pdf

– On page 113 is this information:
Important: In some memory configurations, the 3-3-3 beep code might sound
– during POST followed by a blank display screen. If this occurs and the Boot
– Fail Count feature in the Start Options of the Configuration/Setup Utility
– program is set to Enabled (its default setting), you must restart the server three
– times to force the system BIOS to reset the CMOS values to the default
configuration (memory connector or bank of connectors enabled).

– I don’t know what this means or what I should do? “

Regards Jfryw

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I tried a whole lot web to search the solution then I found this piece of solution. I thought to share It with my readers, because it was hard to fix the issue and was not much information available about it. Then I find the solution in the manual guide of the IBM Xseries 226 PDF.

The IBM manual guide has described this could be of two reason, It could be because of disc or because of memory.

List of supported memories: 
https://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-56226&brandind=5000008
Instructions for the disc: 
https://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry / portal / docdisplay? lndocid = MIGR-56656 & brandind = 5000008

Here is the solution suggested by IBM: IBM Server Xseries 226

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DescriptionMarketing part numberReplacement part number
Non-Chipkill RDIMMs
512MB (1x 512MB RDIMM) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Non-Chipkill39M5858 replaces 73P420639M5817 – 1x 512MB RDIMM
512MB kit (2x 256MB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Non-Chipkill73P352390P1123 – 1x 256MB RDIMM
1GB kit (2x 512MB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Non-Chipkill39M5818 replaces 73P352239M5817 – 1x 512MB RDIMM
1GB kit (2x 512MB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Non-Chipkill73P352213N1424 – 1x 512MB RDIMM
Chipkill RDIMMs
1GB kit (2x 512MB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Chipkill39M5821 replaces 73P286539M5820 – 1x 512MB RDIMM
1GB kit (2x 512MB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Chipkill73P286573P2869 – 1x 512MB RDIMM
2GB kit (2x 1GB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Chipkill39M5809 replaces 73P286639M5808 – 1x 1GB RDIMM
2GB kit (2x 1GB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Chipkill73P286673P2870 – 1x 1GB RDIMM
4GB kit (2x 2GB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Chipkill dual rank39M5812 replaces 73P286739M5811 – 1x 2GB RDIMM
4GB kit (2x 2GB RDIMMs) PC2-3200 CL3 ECC DDR2 SDRAM RDIMM Chipkill dual rank73P286773P2871 – 1x 2GB RDIMM

Notes:

  1. 16 GB of memory is supported via six DIMM slots with currently available options. x226 supports 16 GB of
    memory using a 4 GB DIMM. Due to two-way interleaving, installation of memory DIMMs in matched pairs is
    required beginning with DIMM slots 1 and 2, then 3 and 4, then 5 and 6.
  2. If the xSeries 226 comes standard with a single 512MB DIMM, a single 512MB DIMM (part number 39M5817) must be
    added to slot 2 before adding more memory.
  3. Supports Chipkill.
  4. Mixing Chipkill DIMMs with non-Chipkill DIMMs will disable the Chipkill function

If you do not understand what that table mean you can refer the below mentioned note. which describes the sequence the RAM should be slotted in. | IBM Server Xseries 226

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