We have a poweredge 1300 that began beeping. It beeps every .5 second or so after server is running post. There are 3 HD's in the server, one of them with no light at all. Beeping seems to be coming from one of the processors. Machine is running fine, with beeping exception. Could this be a hard drive issue? Will the drive have a blinking light if it's working fine?
When a Dell server beeps in every 3-5 second that mean it comes from Raid controller. Dell calls PERC Controller. It usually reason of a disk failure.
Install open manage server administrator on your server. See which disks are failed ?
Try to run Power edge diagnostics on the failed disk. If it passes the test reseat the disk. if it fails disk has to be replaced with a new one. If passes the quick test, reseat the disk and update disk + perc firmware and driver to the latest level. that will solve the problem!!
99% beeping comes from perc controller because of a failed HDD
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Flashing blue light is harmless - it simply means the Identify button has been pushed. There is a small button with a white, cursive 'i' on the front and back of the server - pressing this will make the light flash blue (or make it stop).
Go to Dell's support site and view the manual for the 1650 for an explanation of the beep code - identify the pattern of the beep.
If you are still able to get to Windows, use OpenManage Server Administrator to check the Hardware logs and RAID array.
If your PowerEdge will not boot but only beeps on start, there are a number of things that could be the issue. One thing that can be done is to document the beep pattern and use that to look up the issue or post the beep pattern here.
Check the PowerEdge Raid Controller for parity problems. Sounds like the status on the physical volumes participating in a RAID array has been degraded.
Loud beeping from a drive is usually an indication that an invalid drive array member has resulted in a degraded logical volume.
If you were counting correctly, you had at least three drives - most likely participating in a RAID-5 setup. The array might have been rebuilt with one bad drive. But it sounds like you've got two corrupt physical volumes in the array. And that's not good.
Write down the exact number of beeps and how long they last to find what the error means. The are call BIOS post codes and they resemble Morse Code. (ie. one long, 3 short, 2 long = RAM issue) Good luck!!
dependent on how many beeps you hear is dependent on what might be the problem.
A fuller explanation from pushing the power button to nothing happening would be more than helpful.
Beeps in a Poweredge can mean motherboard, memory or as you said power supply problems.