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Bought this 4 years ago,

Dual Core AMD® Opteron™ 1210; 1.8GHz,2X1MB Cache

Was running my own Apache server and some apps on Ubuntu. Now the server is dead. When I press the power button, there is no response at all. Is this likely a problem of the power supply? How can I quickly root cause the problem? Is there a fuse of some sort in the power supply?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

By the looks of things, while its a 'server', it seems to be built around a standard ATX case,and a quick look at dell's website indicates its probably a standard ATX - this link also seems to indicate the PSU is shared with desktop class systems. Power supplies die, and 4 years sounds like a plausible time for it to start dying of old age.

PSUs DO have internal fuses, but unless you're an electrician, there's no real point in opening up the PSU. Its a standard, relatively inexpensive component - it'll be faster, cheaper and easier to simply replace it with a new component.

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Thanks for your quick response. – grokus Jun 30 '12 at 0:26
Bought a refurbished PSU from, installed it and the server is up and running again. Installation was very easy. Thanks. – grokus Jul 4 '12 at 14:12
After 3 more years, the server died again. Sigh... I just bought a used one power supply on ebay this time. – grokus Oct 5 '15 at 18:19

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