Garbled text on console

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Jul 30th, 2008

Hello forum mates, I request your assistance to help troubleshoot a problem with garbled console text on a Cisco EMC MDS 9222i multiservice switch connected through a cyclades ACS48 console server.

This is what I see as my login prompt:

k4é§M:c¡ÓÓ¶·:ÿkLðEM

k4é§M:c¡ÓÓ¶·:ÿkLðEM

First of all, if I direct connect a rollover cable to the 9222i's console port, the text comes out clear. So thus, I believed it to be an issue with the console server port; the settings on the port where the MDS 9222i's console was connected are set to the classic 9600/8/None/1/off. I tried the patch cable in other ports with this same setting on this cyclades, and still received the garbled text, so the problem is following the cable. I swapped cables, used new cyclades dongles with no success. I then ran a direct line to the 9222i to rule out the patch panels in between source and destination, and got the same garbled text! In my environment, I have another cyclades with another MDS 9222i (who's console works fine through the cyclades); I tried swapping the patch cable from this known good 9222i console to the cyclades that is giving garbled text, and I saw the text come out clean. Then I tried the console on the 9222i I am troubleshooting into the known good cyclades port and saw the text garbled.

This is when I concluded it was an issue with the terminal emulation on the 9222i.

I tried comparing show terminal outputs from both 9222i's, but they were the same settings. Then there was more granular information such as show terminal internal info providing these two outputs:

Problem 9222i

EMC-Switch1# show terminal internal info

Process info:

Name: vsh

State: R (running)

Tgid: 8866

Pid: 8866

PPid: 1

TracerPid: 0

Uid: 2002 2002 2002 2002

Gid: 503 503 503 503

FDSize: 256

Groups: 503

VmSize: 33424 kB

VmLck: 0 kB

VmRSS: 4264 kB

VmData: 636 kB

VmStk: 20 kB

VmExe: 416 kB

VmLib: 5828 kB

SigPnd: 0000000000000000

SigBlk: 0000000000000000

SigIgn: 8000000000310006

SigCgt: 0000000000087001

CapInh: 0000000000000000

CapPrm: 0000000000000000

CapEff: 0000000000000000

Memory limits:

core file size (blocks, -c) 48828

data seg size (kbytes, -d) 78125

file size (blocks, -f) unlimited

max locked memory (kbytes, -l) unlimited

max memory size (kbytes, -m) unlimited

open files (-n) 1024

pipe size (512 bytes, -p) 8

stack size (kbytes, -s) 8192

cpu time (seconds, -t) unlimited

max user processes (-u) 256

virtual memory (kbytes, -v) 78125

EMC-Switch1#

Known Good 9222i

EMC-Switch2# show terminal internal info

Process info:

Name: vsh

State: R (running)

Tgid: 9499

Pid: 9499

PPid: 1

TracerPid: 0

Uid: 2002 2002 2002 2002

Gid: 503 503 503 503

FDSize: 256

Groups: 503

VmSize: 33420 kB

VmLck: 0 kB

VmRSS: 4032 kB

VmData: 636 kB

VmStk: 16 kB

VmExe: 416 kB

VmLib: 5828 kB

SigPnd: 0000000000000000

SigBlk: 0000000000000000

SigIgn: 8000000000310006

SigCgt: 0000000000087001

CapInh: 0000000000000000

CapPrm: 0000000000000000

CapEff: 0000000000000000

Memory limits:

core file size (blocks, -c) 48828

data seg size (kbytes, -d) 78125

file size (blocks, -f) unlimited

max locked memory (kbytes, -l) unlimited

max memory size (kbytes, -m) unlimited

open files (-n) 1024

pipe size (512 bytes, -p) 8

stack size (kbytes, -s) 8192

cpu time (seconds, -t) unlimited

max user processes (-u) 256

virtual memory (kbytes, -v) 78125

EMC-Switch2#

I see a difference in the VmSize and VmRSS values. Would this be the cause of the garbled console through the cyclades?

thanks,

Joseph Lee

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