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Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers

Field Notice: FN - 63604 - ASR 9000/ASR 9001 - Some Enhanced Ethernet Line Cards Might Not Boot or Might Fail During Operation Due to Memory Error - Fix on Failure

Field Notice: FN - 63604 - ASR 9000/ASR 9001 - Some Enhanced Ethernet Line Cards Might Not Boot or Might Fail During Operation Due to Memory Error - Fix on Failure

Revised July 17, 2014

April 18, 2013


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Revision History

Revision Date Comment
1.1
17-JULY-2014
Removed Upgrade Form
1.0
18-APR-2013
Initial Public Release

Products Affected

Products Affected Top Assembly Number Comments
A9K-1X100GE-TR(=) 
68-4640-02
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4640-03 and higher is good.
A9K-24X10GE-SE(=) 
68-3671-05 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-3671-06 and higher is good.
A9K-24X10GE-TR(=) 
68-4330-05
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4330-06 and higher is good.
A9K-2X100GE-SE(=) 
68-3624-05
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-3624-06 and higher is good.
A9K-2X100GE-TR(=) 
68-4331-05 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4331-06 and higher is good.
A9K-36X10GE-SE(=) 
68-4335-03
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4335-04 and higher is good.
A9K-36X10GE-TR(=) 
68-4338-03 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4338-04 and higher is good.
A9K-MOD160-SE(=) 
68-3720-06 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-3720-07 and higher is good.
A9K-MOD160-TR(=) 
68-4328-06
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4328-07 and higher is good.
A9K-MOD80-SE(=) 
68-4084-06 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4084-07 and higher is good.
A9K-MOD80-TR(=) 
68-4329-06 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4329-07 and higher is good.
ASR-9001(=) 
68-4260-01 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4260-02 and higher is good.
A9K-1X100GE-SE(=) 
68-4639-02 
Not all serial numbers are affected, check the serial number in the Workaround/Solution section. A Top Assembly Number (TAN) of 68-4639-03 and higher is good.

Problem Description

Some ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) Enhanced Ethernet line cards and ASR 9001 chassis might not boot or might fail during operation with a memory error or a line card failure.

Background

Cisco has identified two issues with a specific DIMM supplier.

Issue #1: A batch of DIMM modules used on suspected hardware between June 2012 to August 2012. Based on field failure and Cisco's analysis, the current failure rate observed is low.

Issue #2: A batch of DIMM modules used on suspected hardware between November 2012 to December 2012. Based on field failure and Cisco's analysis, this issue causes the boards to fail early in the lifecycle.

Not all ASR 9000 hardware shipped in this period is affected. Use the Serial Number Validation Tool to verify suspect hardware.

The supplier has identified the manufacturing issue on the DIMM modules and implemented corrective actions.

Problem Symptoms

The suspected ASR 9000 Enhanced Ethernet line cards and ASR 9001 chassis might not boot on power-up or might fail during operation with a memory error or hardware failure. These error messages might be seen for both issues.

Error message #1:

Error message #2:

Note: No syslog or error message will be seen when the hardware has power-up or boot-up issues.

Workaround/Solution

The suspected DIMM can be traced by the serial number of the ASR 9000 Enhanced Ethernet line card or the ASR 9001 chassis. The failure symptoms for each issue are the same, and the time to failure for each issue is different. Therefore, each issue is listed separately.

Use this table to check for Issue #1 and Issue #2 and take appropriate actions.

Description
Check
Output
User Action
Issue #1
Affected or Not Affected

If affected:
Step 1: Check the Top Assembly Number in the Products Affected section.
Step2: Fix on Failure. Use Cisco standard RMA process for replacement request.

If not affected, a replacement is not required.

Issue #2
Affected or Not Affected
If affected:
Step 1: Check the Top Assembly Number in the Products Affected section.
Step2: Fix on Failure. Use Cisco standard RMA process for replacement request.

If not affected, a replacement is not required.

Note: The Serial Number Validation Tool is updated periodically. Not all serial numbers are affected. Check the serial number and the TAN to determine if hardware is good or affected.

The customer Service Level Agreement (SLA) does not apply for field notice replacement requests.

How To Identify Hardware Levels

The ASR 9001 chassis and ASR 9000 Enhanced Ethernet line card Product ID (PID), TAN, and serial number can be found in two ways:

  1. Enter the show diag command to obtain the PID, TAN, and serial number. See the output sample for the suspected A9K-MOD80-TR line card.

  2. Physically check the line card or chassis. Use the hardware pictures to identify the PID, board with serial number, and TAN.

    1. A9K-36x10GE-TR(=), A9K-36x10GE-SE(=), A9K-24x10GE-TR(=), A9K-24x10GE-SE(=)

    2. A9K-MOD80-TR(=), A9K-MOD80-SE(=), A9K-MOD160-TR(=), A9K-MOD160-SE(=)

    3. A9K-2x100GE-TR(=), A9K-2x100GE-SE(=), A9K-1x100GE-TR(=)

    4. ASR-9001(=)

For More Information

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