I will try to be as succinct as possible. Here's the short version:
We have a 3-5 year old Google search appliance that doesn't post after I tried to update the BIOS. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-8IPXDR. We want to salvage the system but I don't know where to start. It's a 2U box. Do I have to buy the exact same motherboard to ensure it will fit the case? I've never put a 2U box together and have no idea how customized the interior of the case is, regarding the rails and fans, etc. I'm afraid I'll buy a socket 603 (?) board that theoretically accommodates all of the parts we have but then it won't actually fit the case. Basically, we hate to waste all of this RAM and disk but we can't spend a lot of money to put this system back together. It would be great if we could salvage the CPUs as well.
Impossible? Unlikely? Tell me about it!