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Uncategorized Jl. on 26 Mar 2010 01:48 pm

The FBD Link To The Following DIMM Failed To Train

Received this error message from a Dell m600 blade. “The FBD Link To The Following Dimm Failed To Train: DIMM 7″

Quick Answer:  Pull out the dimm pair in question (#7, pull #7 and #8 .. #4, pull out #3 and #4), reboot without the ram, shut down, replace the ram.  That fixed it for us.

Our first troubleshooting went as follows:

Reseated the dimm, rearranged the dimm, ran the memory diagnostics from Dell, nothing.  The BIOS recognized all the memory present, but it was blocking addressing to that bank – dimms 7 and 8, which took our 32gb of ram down to 24.  What was fascinating is within Server 2008 the system properties showed 32gb, but the task manager only showed 24gb total.

Opened a Dell support call – three days, replacement memory, (and ASTOUNDINGLY a replacement motherboard) but NOTHING fixed it.  Found this post – http://en.community.dell.com/forums/t/19257873.aspx – but the answer from the dell guy was typical and completely unhelpful.

I thought what the hell, pulled the memory in that bank, started up, shut down, replaced it, and rebooted, and we haven’t seen the issue since.  I left the dell diags running memory burn in testing for over 24 hours without a single error.  This seems to have fixed it.

It is possibly the most unhelpful, rarest Dell post error I’ve ever seen.  The complete lack of hits on Google did not help.  Hopefully this will help someone down the road.

13 Responses to “The FBD Link To The Following DIMM Failed To Train”

  1. on 24 Sep 2010 at 7.45 am 1.Andy said …

    I fixed this problem by taking the four 4gb modules that were already installed, moving them over to the four empty slots, and then installing my new 4gb modules into the now empty original slots.

  2. on 26 Sep 2010 at 10.40 am 2.Jl. said …

    Hey Andy. Huh. Did you get the error when you tried to install the new 4gb sticks in with the old ones as well, /before/ moving them? Thanks for writing back!

  3. on 30 Jan 2011 at 8.06 am 3.Dennis said …

    I just had this problem on a Dell Poweredge 1950. I was upgrading from 8GB to 16GB w/ 2GB DIMMs. I got “The FBD Link To The Following DIMM Failed To Train on DIMM 7″ I first tried switch DIMM 7 & 8 and I still got the “The FBD Link To The Following DIMM Failed To Train: DIMM 7″. Thats when I googled your helpful post. I did exactly what you posted. Worked great. Thanks. Strange stuff.

  4. on 03 Dec 2011 at 9.14 am 4.no3gods said …

    2011-12-01
    It worked for me! Thanks for posting!
    Dell PowerEdge 1900

  5. on 11 Dec 2011 at 9.55 pm 5.Andy said …

    I’ve got the same issue last night on DELL PE 2950. Swapped out both DIMMs 7 and 8 – did not work, followed your advice – still nothing. I had to replace all 8 sticks of 4GB that I had with the new ones – that worked. Tonight is the test night to find out which DIMMs failed. Thanks for the post though – it saved me from swapping the chassis or motherboard.

  6. on 22 Dec 2011 at 1.37 pm 6.Sandman said …

    System has four 4GB and four 1GB sticks. Swapping 4GB and 1GB and that fixed the error.

  7. on 03 May 2012 at 8.20 am 7.Jon said …

    I experienced “The FBD Link To The Following Dimm Failed To Train: DIMM 7″ error on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 and your instructions worked perfectly to resolve the issue! I removed 7 and 8 and 3 and 4, and rebooted the server. Next I shutdown the server and re-installed all the memory. On restart there was no error and all the memory was recognized. Thank you so very much for your post.

  8. on 24 Oct 2012 at 8.19 am 8.Will said …

    Thanks for the post!

    We had this problem when we were trying to boost one of our PE2950s from 8GB (8x1GB) to 20GB (4x4GB, 4x1GB). I had previously tested all the RAM and it was all good, so when I got this error, it was pretty frustrating.
    I had already removed all the 1GB sticks before finding this post, so after I still received the error, I removed DIMM 3 and 4, booted, rebooted, shut down, reinstalled DIMM 3 and 4, booted, rebooted, shutdown, and finally replaced the 4x 1GB and I was home free.
    Nice trick; terrible error.

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  10. on 21 Mar 2013 at 9.02 am 10.Jesse said …

    Same issue here. The four and then four more trick worked for me too on a PE2950. Thanks!

  11. on 09 Sep 2013 at 4.39 am 11.Hendrik said …

    Worked for me. Thanks man!

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