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One of the FANs (the one cooling the hard drives I think) in our IBM X3200 M2 started running at full speed and make a loud noise.

Anyone encountered this problem and know how to fix this?

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Start by carefully feeling around the area of that fan for heat. There just might be a reason for it to be going full speed. – John Gardeniers Oct 14 '11 at 4:49
I tried feeling the HDDs, didn't seem hot to me. Still investigating... – Atlas Oct 14 '11 at 6:25
Usually when I talk to IBM about these sort of issues they recommend a firmware upgrade. Check out their Bootable Media Creator (BMC), make a CD/USB image for your particular model, and see if the upgrade helps. Beware, though - I've had failed firmware upgrades break systems completely in the past (but not on your particular model). – Paul Gear Jan 26 '14 at 12:00

Does the server have the RSA2 card? Log into it if so, or use the IBM tools from the operating system to see if you've got something going on with a component running hot. You should be able to get a read out of most major components and all the fans.

That being said, sometimes all you need to do is turn it off and on again.

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Doesn't have RSA2 in it, will try to use the software tools to find the problem. – Atlas Oct 14 '11 at 6:24

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