Computer hardware is the collection of physical elements that comprise a computer system.

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Linux kernel detecting wrong processor frequency

After a cold boot of a 6.0.8 Debian server (HP ProLiant), ntpd played havoc with system time: offset and jitter with respect to the usual and reliable reference time servers growing without limit. ...
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Should APIC be used on VMs?

I'm provisioning some VMware and Virtualbox VMs, both 32 and 64 bit and all my boot commands start with /install/vmlinuz noapic. Searching for information about APIC etc. around the web doesn't give ...
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Fibre card to switch (mini-Gbic)

I have a server with a fibre card in it which I want to connect to my 24 port procurve switch. The 10G 2 port fibre card supports fiber transceivers supporting SR, LR, LRM. The switch has two ports ...
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What is a maximum useful length of SATA/SAS cable

The server in question is DELL PowerEDGE SC1435. I am thinking about buying a LSI 1068e based card with two internal SFF-8087 ports. I intend to use the machine with external multiple hard disk ...
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hba for software raid

In a software raid environment, is HBA failure the same as a hardware RAID controller failure? Do you still have to find the same model HBA to put into a different server in order for the drives to ...
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IBM x360 DVD drive?

My x360 server has only a CD drive in it. I wish to upgrade and install a DVD drive, so it is easier for me to install software without sharing my workstation DVD drive all the time. According to ...
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How to estimate a server specifications for this particular system? [closed]

I'm working in a college project and I'm supposed to specify the server's hardware to hold a system. The system is some kind of social network. And it is supposed to hold around 100 000 users the ...
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What happens when the USB key or SD card I've installed VMware ESXi on fails?

An SD (SDHC) card installed in an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server running VMware ESXi just failed :( I encountered some ominous looking messages on the vCenter console and in the HP ProLiant ILO event ...
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Upgrading a PERC h310 to a PERC H710 mini RAID controller on a Dell R620

I have an ESXi 5.0 Free license host using an internal Datastore (RAID 5, 5 Disk) that was configured with a Dell PERC h310 RAID controller. The disk performance was very poor, so I upgraded to the ...
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How to see all nics in Solaris 8/9

I have a questions regarding how to see all NICS in the solaris 8/9 SPARC boxes. Even if they are active/inactive. dladm show-link command does not work. cat /etc/path_to_inst could but it's hard to ...
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DDR3 10600 memory running at 533mhz

I bought a second-hand HP ProLiant DL160 G6 a year ago with 48GB configured in it. I discovered checking with cpu-z and doublechecked with speccy the memory runs at only 533Mhz. I checked the ...
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A practical way to do healthcheck for a new server?

I am currently trying to do healthcheck for a new server in data center as a first QA before using by any application side. "What is the practical way and tools to check that the server is fine to ...
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Server Sizing Methodology [duplicate]

Our development environment consist of JBoss 5.0.1 DB Server, SQL Server 2008, Oracle IDM. Hardware is Win 2008 32 bit, 4GB RAM. We have reached stage where our environment can not handle application ...
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Hardware Clock (RTC) Stuck / Will Not Increment

After we rebooted one of our servers (RHEL), we noticed that it would hang when entering GRUB. The problem was the countdown in GRUB (Booting in 5... 4......) was not counting down, and was stuck at ...
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Investigating a potential CPU failure

On a Ubuntu server that I am using for computations I have recently observed that some CPU extensive programs (GUROBI,CPLEX) often segfault. Being in correspondence with tech support of the ...
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DIR $file “File Not Found” vs DIR $filedir shows it…not permissions, not USB

I was having this problem before on a USB drive, but now it's happening on my main RAID5-backed hard disk: 2013-10-17 9:37 C:\>dir "C:\Shares\Shared\Reference\Safety Management System\Vid eo ...
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How to find L1, L1i, L1d cache from dmidecode output?

How to find L1 , L1d, L1i cache from dmidecode output ? (NOTE: dmidecode file is from different server for which I do not have access, So I can not run lscpu command to find the same) ...
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New server causing weird noise in headphones and speakers; Is this electromagnetic interference? What's causing it?

I work for a small radio station that recently acquired a refurbished Dell PowerEdge 1950 server. After placing it in the server room along with several other servers and sound processing hardware ...
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ESXi Virtualization server hardware [closed]

I am currently in the process of selecting hardware for a homelab ESXi server. My requirements are running around 30 virtual machines simultaneously with a GNS3 Cisco backbone running in the ...
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How to use all disk space on preinstalled Linux [closed]

I ordered dedicated server with Linux Debian Wheezy preinstalled with "Paralles Plesk Panel". Provider states I have 2x1TB drives. Yet my avaible disk space is just 100GB. Do I lack a partition? I ...
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DDoS Protection [closed]

Let's say I order a half rack (22U) at any colocation company. They give me a GiGe port and I need DDoS protection. If I use a slot in my rack for Arbor protection, will I be protected up to a certain ...
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10 Screen, Two Separate PC day trading setup - Questions [closed]

Currently i have 6 monitors on one PC (4 are data streaming, 1 for trade execution, 1 for web browsing) I would like 10 monitors, however, to reduce lag id like one PC to deal with data streaming, ...
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What are 19mm high 3.5" hard disks called?

According to Wikipedia a normal 3.5" harddisk is 25.4mm high, but then there exist also a 19mm version, which I need for a HP ProLiant MicroServer. Looking at our resellers webshop I see the ...
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Improving Hard Drive controllers and Software RAID [closed]

I believe the biggest pro of hardware RAID is that, providing your RAID controller is battery backed, you can enable write-back cache. This can also be achieved similarly through software RAID with ...
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How to fix Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 on Ubuntu 12.04 when attached drive doesn't show?

I have a Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 controller card that I am trying to get to work on Ubuntu 12.04 server (x86_64). The card is based on a Marvell 88SE9485. So far lscpi and lshw see the card but the ...
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Vpd r/w failed This is likely a firmware bug on this device [closed]

Does this mean my RAID 1 device is failing? EDIT: seeing this is a raidcare issue. How can I pull the specs and download/install the driver? netlink: 12 bytes leftover after parsing attributes. ...
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IPMI drivers missing

I am trying to monitor and manage some servers using OpenIPMI in Ubuntu, and for some reason, when I start the OpenIPMI service, it says: Starting ipmi drivers [fail] ...
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How does a NIC send a hardware interrupt? [closed]

Some context. A few weeks ago, a NIC was replaced on a box without much troubleshooting to find a clear resolution to the problem. A senior administrator got into a small tiff with an entry-level ...
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What to look for in a datacentre ethernet switch

This is a Canonical Question about choosing a network switch for a datacentre When shopping for a networking switch that's going to be going into the top of a datacentre rack, what specific ...
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What difference between HP and Intel network adapter, both using an Intel controller?

For example, the network adapter HP NC360T PCI card uses the Intel 82571EB controller. So, what exactly is the difference between an Intel "fully" branded card, and a HP branded card having an Intel ...
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Is a hardware watchdog already active at my CentOS server?

I rent a dedicated server (with Intel Haswell CPU and custom hardware) at a lowcost hosting service and use it with CentOS 6.4 / 64 bit Linux (with stock kernel: 2.6.32-358.14.1.el6.x86_64). Every ...
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Hardware checks for Dell R820 Servers through Nagios using SNMP

We use Nagios for monitoring. Is there a way to create hardware checks using SNMP MIB for R820 servers running ESXi5.x on them? Right now we are using this python plugin: current python plugin But ...
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What determines what resolutions a laptop is willing to output over VGA?

I'm responsible for several conference rooms and have setup 1080p projectors and I provide both HDMI and VGA connectivity. HDMI for DisplayPort and Mini-DisplayPort, and VGA as a fallback, universal ...
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HP p400i - 512MB RAID Controller card

Anyone know if the HP p400i raid controller can support multiple arrays? Say if I wanted a raid 0 with 2x146GB drives, and 3x300GB drives in a raid 5, both on the same card? Also, is it possible to ...
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CentOS dedicated server hangs and discovers new hardware every 3 to 10 hours

I have a dedicated server since March 2013 with CentOS release 6.4 (Final) and CPanel 11.38.1 (build 15) with [Apache/2.2.24 (Unix) PHP/5.2.17]. The server has only one website with traffic about 2000 ...
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Can't sync filesystem without reboot

I'm having an issue with a linux server. Once a week the running mysql instance hangs and there is no way to fully stop it. If I kill it, it remains in zombie status and init does not reap its pid. ...
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Installing windows on multiple computers at the same time [duplicate]

i need to install windows on a 150 computers for a bank, i've never done anything like this before, so if anyone can help me find a fast efficient way to do so, they are IBM computers all with the ...
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HP DL165G7: NMI error

One of "my" DL165 G7 Proliants has rebooted out of the blue for the second time this month. The reboot was accompanied by these system event log entries in LightsOut: Event Type Date Time ...
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What hardware profile tool exists for RHEL 5.x similar to `lscfg` or `system_profiler`?

I am looking for an equivalent tool or command to dump connected hardware (and optionally software) to a text or XML file for documenting system configuration on RHEL 5.8 specifically. I am used to ...
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Do I need to RAID Fusion-io cards?

Can I run reliably with a single Fusion-io card installed in a server, or do I need to deploy two cards in a software RAID setup? Fusion-io isn't very clear (almost misleading) on the topic when ...
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Enabling VMware EVC on Westmere E5645 CPU only accepts “Nehalem” mode

Take the following system, a Supermicro VMware ESXi host with Intel Westmere E5645 CPUs. Part of our deployment process is to set the appropriate Enhanced vMotion Capability (EVC) level for the ...
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Sudden and permanent increase in CPU input voltage, core temperature and fan speed without corresponding increase in load

One of my servers shows strange change in its monitored parameters. Last Sunday evening one of voltage measures ( in0 which I think is Vcore) suddenly increased by 20% from ~1V to ~1.20V on average. ...
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HP ProLiant DL320 G5 No Video Output, No Error LEDs, Swapped Motherboard, Same Issue

I have a HP ProLiant DL320 G5 Server that we have swapped out the motherboard with a working one, tried narrowing down removing different memory sticks, swapped out the onboard battery. I have a ...
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Dell Power Edge 2950 - E211 SBE LOG DISABLE DIMM6

Any idea of what this error E211 SBE LOG DISABLE DIMM6 could mean? Anyone have experienced this? I know that it sound pretty obvious, that is the 6th bank of my memory, and guest what: I have ...
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Dropping Packets Randomly

I have a SuperMicro Server based on the X9DR3-LN4F+ motherboard from SuperMicro. Original intentions for the system were quite different from what it has ended up serving, but that happens. It is ...
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Which hardware I need for building up a backup server, which is able to store 100TB+? [closed]

we are managing a pool of 40 PCs with an attached storage of up to 3 TB each. Every weekend we copy this data to 3 other PCs with several RAID5-systems inside to have some kind of backup. We chose 3 ...
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How to understand the LSI HBA connector specs?

When reading the specifications for the LSi SAS 9206-16e HBA, it says Storage Connectivity; Data Transfer Rates * 16 ports; 6Gb/s SAS 2.1 compliant SAS Bandwidth * Half Duplex 2400MB/s, x4, ...
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How do I re-enable the IPMI temperature sensors?

I've never had a problem reading temperature sensors with ipmitool on my server, but recently the temperature readings started showing up as disabled: # ipmitool sdr list Temp | disabled ...
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Is it necessary to burn-in RAM for server-class hardware?

Considering the fact that many server-class systems are equipped with ECC RAM, is it necessary or useful to burn-in the memory DIMMs prior to their deployment? I've encountered an environment where ...
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Can I put in laptop 2.5" SATA drives into an HP ProLiant DL380 G5?

I have an HP DL380 G5 server and I was wondering if can I put in standard notebook 2.5" SATA drives? In the front where the drives go, the SATA connections dont seem to fit.