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Fans turn on .. now what

Ok, so ive got this dell powerege 1800 from a friend of mine who is moving buisness and is getting rid of it. it did work because he used it in hes buisness. i have never had a server before so its all new to me :)

so first i plug a power cable which i took from my old computer, hooked it up to the server and turned the switch at the wall on. it is incredibly louder than a computer, first it gets loud, then dyes down, then louder and then very loud, then goes quiet again like its puffed out, ha. im presuming either something is very wrong, or these are the 3 fans testing or just having a stretch like when you wake up from sleeping in the morning. :)

serious again, so after the fans have done its thing, i wait for a while and a orange light flashes on and off on the front of it. it doesnt show any life in the monitor i plug into it either.

the computer is sounding like it is running fine though, all making the normal computer noises it would make.

i have a power cable from an ordinary computer plugged into the power supply to the wall, a vga cable running from my monitor, to the built in graphics slot on the motherboard, and a keyboard going to the normal slot.

ive never dealt with servers before, im only a computer expert so treat me like a newbie. haha thanks :)

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  • George Pepper
    George Pepper Aug 24, 2008

    thanks for the advice. turns out the fans were fine. scary. i presume thats why servers normally have their own room away from people in buiness buildings lol. ok so the real problem about the flashing lights was the ram! once i turned it on long enough, i started hearing beeps. this wasnt actually a count down to a bomb :o it was a code for a message ha'ha. after i researched on the internet what it meant it showed one of the ram sticks were faulty so i had to take it out. its working fine now, but with only half the amount of ram id like it to of had. i am going to download and install that program u recommended though, it seems a good idea to prepair for future problems. thanks :)

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It has a fan problem. You need to check if all fans are working properly.
Also install open manage server administrator on the server from Dell support website and check for hardware logs if you can see something wrong?
You will see the root cause of the problem from open manage server administrator

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