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My IBM server X 3400 shut down suddenly one fine day. When I use the power switch to power it on, it starts and then shuts down without any sign of flaws. When I took off the power cords and then I reconnected after 2 minutes it started and then shut down after a minute. Why does this happen?

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closed as too broad by TheCleaner, mdpc, Nathan C, Scott Pack, Bryan Jul 8 '13 at 18:32

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Can you describe what it does? It prints something (what) in the screen? Does it show the boot loader? It gets to boot or start booting the operating system? – Carlos Campderrós Jul 8 '13 at 16:17
Is it very hot where you are today? – Chopper3 Jul 8 '13 at 16:48

It sounds like you have a hardware failure (it could be a lot of things, from the power supply to the system board onward; I've even seen a bad disk cause this).

You probably have a support contract you can take advantage of in this case.

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