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Troubleshooting an old broken server

My friend has this computer with 3 harddrives. 1 & 2 no longer with us....used to be a raid 1 set up.
harddrive 3 had xp on it and worked just fine. Now all of the sudden, only fans video no keyboard, no mouse...Please advise, I am trying to understand these troubleshooting hell.....PSU? or motherboard?

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  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    - does the chipset get hot !? maybe it got burned.

    - try removing the cpu and see if any sound alert goes on. If so, than the CPU went bye bye ....

    - also do a BIOS reset ... just in case that is the source of the problem.

    - are all power cables properly inserted, and power supply is good ? can u mesure the voltages ?



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Remove ram - if no beeps then CPU not working.
Check PCI cards all in properly.

Remove hard disk and CD cables and any other unneccesary connections.

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How do I rebuild broken RAID 1?

If Raid is broken then logical drive will fail & will result in data loss.
enter into Smart Array Controller bios by pressing F8 & Recreate Raid 1 by selecting two working drives.

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Yes. Verify that it is RAID 5 in your RAID config utility, and swap. It may take a larger drive, but you would lose the extra space. Util should indicate either way.

Best practice is to use identical.

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Want to see my laptop MSI GT780DX model 1761

A) Redundant Array of Independent Disks, with a laptop, and external harddrive, is possible now with using a RAID 0 configuration, and USB 3.0 technology,

HOWEVER, not with a laptop that has two harddrives already, and they are in a RAID 0 configuration.

(And they are in a RAID 0 configuration)

When setting up a RAID 0 configuration you are using TWO harddrives.
Data (Information) is split between the two drives. Turns two smaller drives into one large harddrive.

Means lose one harddrive, and you have lost all data.
Something to bear in mind.

1) You have two harddrives right now, and in a RAID 0 configuration.

"Dual SATA hard drives with RAID0 to double the transmission speed"

2) You won't be adding an external harddrive, and using it in a RAID configuration along with the two internal harddrives.

Not RAID 0, not RAID 0+1, not RAID 5,...Nada.
No RAID configuration.

-> USB 3.0 only supports RAID 0.
-> RAID 0 is TWO harddrives.
-> Using the external harddrive, you would have THREE harddrives in the equation.

3) You can only use the extra harddrive as an external harddrive, and only for storage.

B) Your SSD harddrive is 95 percent full?

You know a computer slows down when the harddrive reaches 50 percent full, right? Not really noticed until it hits 70 percent, though. 95 percent full? Your laptop must be crawling at a snail's speed.

Suggest start deleting saved games, programs and applications you do not use. (No Windows programs, though)

Copy off photos, videos, music, and personal documents, then delete them from your laptop.
Supposed to perform a backup regularly, anyway.

Yes, I know it may be the Primary(?) harddrive, and the Secondary harddrive may not be recognized right now. Still need to keep the volume down for good performance.

Would do the same for the Secondary harddrive.

C) Yeah, I know. Main topic is laptop is overheating.
Get to the good stuff.

I realize you disassembled with no Service Manual, or guide; pictorial, or text.
You are to be commended. Really!

IMHO however, you have omitted some basic techniques when disassembling, and assembling a laptop, and a basic computer.

1) Did you makes sure the cables, (Wires), are going back through the same Channels, and Latches, as they did originally?
If not things do not go back together as they should. Cables can become pinched, therefore damaged.

Laptop and basic computer:
2) The Thermal Module used for cooling, consists of two copper Cooling Tubes, a rectangular finned Heatsink, and a Fan Assembly.

The copper Cooling Tube are connected to a small copper metal plate, and it is connected to a larger aluminum metal plate.

Bottom View:

Top View:

If a Thermal Pad is used, it should be carefully peeled off, and flown at the cat. It CANNOT be reused.
Once an imprint is made on a Thermal Pad, it won't contact the surfaces again the same way it did originally, if reused.

Also a Thermal Pad is a substance that is impregnated with Thermal Paste, and Thermal Paste dries up over time. Looses it's thermal conductivity properties.

Both the surface of the Processor, and graphics chipset, should be carefully scrapped clean with a plastic scraping device, (Old credit card?), and then followed with MANY Q-tips dipped in Isopropyl Alcohol.
(Rubbing alcohol)

93 percent is best, but 70 percent will do.
(50 percent is 50 percent Alcohol, and 50 percent WATER.
IMHO this = NO)

Isopropy Alcohol is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE!
Use in a WELL ventilated area with NO sparks or flames present!

Then good Thermal Paste should be used.
Thermal Pad was also a spacer? Removing it leaves a gap?
Then you need to cut a new small piece of Thermal Pad, and also use Thermal Paste.

[Just in case, Primer;

The top of a Processor, and graphics chipset, are not perfectly smooth. A magnified view would detail, 'Hills, Valleys, and Pitholes'.

Neither is the surfaces of the metal plate/s of the Cooling Tube.

When the two surfaces are brought together, these imperfections create an air pocket.
Air is an Insulator. Not a Conductor.

Thermal Paste fills these voids, or imperfections, and is an excellent conductor of heat.

NO Thermal Paste being used; Or reusing a Thermal Pad, will cause overheating. Using old Thermal Paste can also lead to overheating.
Paste has lost it's thermal conductivity, or a large portion of it ]

MSI giving out a Service Manual to the consumer?
Fish will fall out of the sky first.

My MSI laptop 'stash',

It's just basics, Tj Hafner.
Use basic guidance that you would use with all laptops,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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I want to connect 4 sata harddrives to HP p6620f motherboard

Put them in a RAID configuration.

HP Support > Pavilion P6620f Desktop PC > Main Support page,

Left-click on - Product information - in blue
Left-click on - Product specifications - in blue
Left-click on - Motherboard specifications, N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix)

Here you see a photo of your motherboard.
Now scroll down to the illustration of the motherboard.

Here you can see the four SATA headers labeled.

1) SATA 1 is the Dark Blue SATA header, that your harddrive should be plugged into now.

2) SATA 2 is the White SATA header

3) SATA 3 is the Light Blue SATA header

4) SATA 4 is the Orange SATA header.

The other three SATA harddrives are plugged into SATA 2, SATA 3, and SATA 4.
BIOS will automatically find them, when the computer is turned on.

It will also recognize, that the main harddrive you have plugged into SATA 1, is the only harddrive with the Operating System on it.

[ To regress;

FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open.
TOUCH an unpainted surface of the metal frame, of the open computer case. This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to touch the metal frame again upon your return ]


Also, choosing what RAID configuration you want. Some info I feel may help,

Information starts at 2:12


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If we use the server without PCI-PCIe Raiser card, it can boot into the OS. However, it cannot boot into the OS when we install the PCI-PCIE Raiser Card into the sever, and it alerts message error as...

The problem seems to be 2 things..

1.) firstly send the boot priority in the bios to HDD 0 or the harddrive connected directly to the board with the os.

2.) second thing, the Raiser Card, if it has raid Harddrrives connected via the ext. one of the raid harddrives connected to it is malfunctioning , remove and disable one at a time until u find the correct one. Or it could be the Card itself is malfunctioning.

I'm guessing here that you have a IDE card connected to the Raiser card with raid harddrives on it, One of them is malfunctioning.

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I want to be able to Mirror or RAID-1 on 2 different drives, then break the mirror and mark the second drive as an active boot drive. After looking around online, I realize that this process is more...

I understand now, and appreciate your taking the time to clarify.

1.Make a backup disk of the current harddrives contents. This is a Restoration Disk.
Has the basic needed files for the Windows O/S, (Repair), but will also allow for a Full Installation.

2.Desktop, not laptop:
Install two harddrives, put them in a RAID1 configuration. Forget about the 'mirror' image program. Leave them both in there in case of a harddrive failure.

3.Laptop, not desktop:

A.There are some laptops that you press a key, or certain keys, when installing a new harddrive, when the old one has hardware issues, or viruses render it unusable. These key/s are pressed, BEFORE the old harddrive is removed. Allows replacement of that harddrive.

There are some laptops that Do Not! There is a workaround.

The above is to replace that harddrive, and may be used to upgrade to a larger harddrive, IF, certain criteria is met.

B.Use an external enclosure, insert the new 2.5" harddrive. Connect the external enclosure to the laptop via the USB port.
Now use an image 'mirror' program such as DriveImage XML, (Free), to copy over the image of the old harddrive to the new one.

Insert the new harddrive into the laptop. You can use the old harddrive in the external enclosure as a Slave drive.
Still only allows THOSE harddrives, to be used on THAT laptop.
Don't be surprised if you have to Re-Activate the O/S on that harddrive. (New one)

C.RAID configuration on a laptop = No
You only have one interface connection for a harddrive, Generally.
(Some gamer laptops use two hardrives internally. These are already configured in a RAID 0 configuration. More storage space. However, if one harddrive goes kaput, all information is lost. I do not believe you are referring to one of these)

The above is only for reference. I have no working knowledge of this program, just know of it's existence.

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Ibm x series 226 attempt to install os and says no harddrive

Make sure that the motherboard and/or disk controller recognize the drives during POST.

Then check and see if IBM has a server installation CD-ROM that you can use boot the server and automatically load the correct drivers to prep for the OS install. I have downloaded installation CD ISO files from HP and Dell that walked me right through the OS install.

Another important consideration is that servers frequently use disk controllers that are not included in the operating system's driver files.
For example, when installing Windows OS on a RAID controller you must press F6 immediately after the installation CD-ROM starts up.
Later in the installation you will be prompted to insert a 1.44 diskette with the driver for your RAID controller.

The only challenge is to find the correct version of the driver and get it on a diskette.

I hope this helps.

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Harddrive array sequence causing system in booting

If the only drive you changed was the drive that failed and all the others are in the correct sequence, then that's a good thing.

The next question is, did you have this system setup in a RAID Array and if so, what RAID configuration were you using (RAID 0,1,5, etc.)? Some RAID configurations allow you to replace a failed drive and not lose data, but I will need to know more about how you set the system up in order to help you more.

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Check below things:
1) Check Primary DNS server ip in TCP IP Configuration
2) Stop Unwanted services from start up
3) Run Chkdsk /R command from command prompt and restart the server. It will check your harddrive and recover data.


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