I have an IBM xSeries x3400 Intel Xeon server which only works while someone holds in the power button.
My server stopped working and I sent it to IBM Service. After a few hours they told me I could backup my data. When I asked how they managed to turn it on, they said that it works while the power button is pressed.
After I asked if there was a way to repair my server they said that they needed to order a completely new motherboard for the server.
Here are my questions.
- Is this a common problem with IBM servers that they only work while the power button is held in?
- Is there another way to repair this besides replacement with a new motherboard?
- May I use my server with the power button glued down while I wait for a new motherboard to come? (Can I destroy my RAID controller and RAID field doing this?)
- Is there any standard practice for how long I can use server in this way (a few hours, a few days, a few months, a few years)? The people at IBM said to me that after this problem, the server usually works few more months and then stops.
1.5. Could they be wrong? Should I try look for a solution inside something else, maybe change RAM, change power supplies, add non integrated Video Card, disconnect RAID controller, or something else?