Mark Baker on 1 May 2008 08:45:13 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] server problem fixed

I would also recommend the power supply tester.  I have one made by 
Antec which you are more than welcome to borrow.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Vagnoni []
> Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 11:09 AM
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> Subject: Re: [PLUG] server problem fixed
> I bet it's the power supply. Try unloading it, take drives off and 
only have the mobo powered
> and see if it stays on longer. You may just have to hook another power 
supply up to it just to
> see. There are also cheap power supply testers you can get at micro 
center if i'm not
> mistaken. Could also be the case switch, try shorting the atx switch 
wires together and see
> if that helps. Another thing to look at is if there is a ups connected 
to it with power
> management software running and there is either no communication to 
the ups hence
> shutdown, or you may have a defective ups.
> My first guess is the power supply is bad, classic symptomology that 
you described.
> Brian Vagnoni
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric <>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:46 PM
> To: Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List 
> Subject: [PLUG] server problem
> I'm curious if someone on this list has some insight into this 
> One of my clients has a Compaq ProLiant 6400R server (ancient - quad 
550 MHZ
> Xeon P3 processors) that suddenly started having hardware crashes.  It 
runs for
> about 10 minutes then suddenly a black screen.  Immediate reboot does 
not help
> but If I let it sit for 10 minutes I can reboot it - for about 5 
> It's OS agnostic... Windows, Knoppix, it does not care.
> I'm convinced that something is heating up and causing the failure but 
I have no
> idea what.  All the fans work.
> Curiously, when the server crashes it appears that it starts to reboot 
> drive light starts blinking).  Also, the bus appears to be reset about 
every 5
> or 10 seconds.  It's as though the system starts to boot and then 
> resets the bus and it starts all over.
> I've removed and re-installed the power supplies, removed the fax card 
> removed every processor and associated power supply card looking for 
signs of
> trouble... nothing.
> Anybody have any thoughts about how to troubleshoot this further?
> Alternatively, does anyone know any experts that might be available to 
fix this?
>    I suppose I could call HP but this is so far out of warranty that 
> guessing they'd just laugh at me.
> Eric
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