In my previous post, I mentioned things I found at a flea market. I decided I would dedicate an entire post to this because it has a bit of a story. Anyway, I was at the flea market and I noticed someone selling server computers and was amazed to find he was selling one, a PowerEdge 860, for only 10 bucks! Of course I had to jump on that offer and buy it.
When I tried to fire up the server for the first time, I found that it shut off soon after booting.
So, I started troubleshooting the server. The first thing I did was take it apart and test the memory modules by putting only one into the first DIMM slot. That didn’t work, so I figured it might be a thermal issue. I stripped off the old thermal paste using alcohol and applied a fresh batch. That didn’t work either. Another thing I tried was disconnecting the hard drives and the RAID card, but the server was still shutting off in approximately 15 seconds.
So at this point, I had narrowed the issue down to three main components: the power supply unit (PSU), the processora (CPU), or the motherboard. The cheapest thing to replace was the power supply. I was able to track one down on eBay for about 6 USD. At the time of the writing of this article, I am waiting for the PSU to arrive. Once I get it, I will try it and hope that the old PSU was just not putting out enough power (or too much), causing the server to shut off.