12G LifeCycle Controller Hangs During POST

Note: This blog post is for Dell PowerEdge 12G systems. Here is the 11G how to: http://crtech.tips/lifecycle-controller-hanging-during-post/

Sometimes a Dell PowerEdge 12G system can get caught in POST. This is caused by a LifeCycle Controller glitch. You’ll know you are caught when you see “Intializing firmware interfaces…” for 30+ minutes.

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I have seen this happen when you boot into the LCC then prematurely reboot the system. The system then get’s stuck trying to boot into the LCC. I have also seen a system have an up time for over a year and on the reboot the error is present.

You can leave the machine at this screen for 30 minutes or more and it may never move.

Luckily, there are a number of fixes for this issue.

-Power down the machine and unplug power from the system, then drain the flea power by pressing in the power button.
-Replace the motherboard, but that’s a little extreme!!!
-The easiest method is to simply tell the system to “Cancel LifeCycle Controller Actions”

Here is how it’s done:

Boot to System Setup by pressing F2 during POST on the page with the Dell splash screen logo.

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Enter iDrac Settings

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Choose LifeCycle Controller

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Note that Cancel LifeCycle Controller Actions is set to NO. This is our problem.

Change this setting to Yes

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Exit saving changes and let the machine boot.

That’s it!

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