I typically do not update this too much regarding hardware changes or interesting stories. I should actually go and take out the systems I do not have any more. Anyways, Uncle Socks was the idea for this thread so here we go!
7Server and Uncle Socks have been off for a few weeks because they weren't needed. Well I've been working with my lackey on a new project, mostly discussion of, how to bring back the old Linux imaging via WDS idea. Well we got to the point where we wanted to try some things out. The original project hit the shed because I couldn't get WDS and AD to work together to pre-qualify systems to boot into the Linux bootrom vs WDSNBSP. Because I am fairly confident on my ability to recreate WDS servers, as well as the stability of our existing systems, I did not see a reason why we can't just convert 7Server to natively use the Linux bootrom.
But things are not so easy just like that. So I had pressed the power button on Uncle Socks but it did not turn on! I took the system out and tried another PSU. The computer would then boot. Great! I say, except that the chassis it is in is severely EOL to the point where finding a replacement PSU to fit the custom form factor would be impossible. So I went on a journey into the warehouse and found a 5 bay chassis that would fit the board and a new PSU. I also was able to find a brand new motherboard layout sticker to put inside the new case.
I started rebuilding it at about 9am, went into a meeting for 1:30 and then was able to finish it in about 30 minutes. So with the meeting in the middle, it felt like it took 4 hours to rebuild it! I also went and got the label maker to print 2 new "Uncle Socks" and "Chinese Warlord" stickers for the front of the new system. As far as labels go, all I need to do now is get a new Asset Tag printed for it, but that will have to wait until next week.
Next, I go hook it all back up to the KVM and turn it on. The system boots! It gets up to the "configuring network" part of Windows and I realise that since it has the Infrastructure FSMO, it is probably looking for the 7Server. Hit the switch and (unlock) turn on 7Server. It boots, sees all the ram, has a healthy RAID5 and boots into Windows. I log into the system, then switch back over to...
Uncle Socks is not on anymore. Go press the power button, the motherboard makes a wacky beep... Thermal Errors! Oh no! Try to go into the BIOS and system powers off. Everythings plugged in. I had a (real) builder look at it, seems fine.
Its lunch time now, so after wards I will see what else I can do to make it work.
Uncle Socks will live again!
Update: The CPU paste was all old and crumbly. In the process of reseating the fan, I busted the pins. So a fan replacement fixed it.
Edited by Tripredacus, 20 October 2010 - 01:46 PM.