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BIOS Will Display a Warning Message When the System Event Log (SEL) is Full

During boot, the BIOS may briefly display a red warning message indicating that the System Event Log (SEL) is full. This message appears after multiple reboots, due to the limited SEL storage space of the On-Board Platform Instrumentation. The SEL storage space of the mBMC allows for the storage of 92 SEL entries. A typical reboot adds several informational event messages to the SEL as part of the normal boot process.

The warning message displayed by the BIOS is not an error. It is a warning message that the SEL is full and that no more system event messages can be logged until the SEL is cleared.

The System Event Log (SEL) of the On-Board Platform Instrumentation should be cleared regularly. There are several methods of clearing the SEL, including:

  • going to BIOS Setup (F2) and clearing the SEL
  • using the SEL Viewer (included on the Intel® Server Deployment Toolkit and the Software Update Package and available as a download)
  • via Intel® Server Management 8.x software

Alternatively, some Intel servers (Intel® Server Board SE7520AF2, Intel® Server Board SE7520BD2 and Intel® Server Board SE7520JR2) have a connector to allow upgrade to the Intel Management Module (IMM) Professional or Advanced editions. The Intel Management Modules include an increased SEL capacity up to 3,276 SEL entries.

This applies to:

Intel® Server Board SE7320SP2
Intel® Server Board SE7320VP2
Intel® Server Board SE7520AF2
Intel® Server Board SE7520BD2
Intel® Server Board SE7520JR2
Intel® Server Board SE7525GP2
Intel® Server System SR1435VP2

Solution ID: CS-020194
Last Modified: 03-Dec-2014
Date Created: 18-Jan-2005
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