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

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SSD head / cylinder / cluster details

A customer of ours makes industrial robots that run on very old, but stable, hardware and software. The only bottleneck has always been the hard drive in these moving machines. Due to constant ...
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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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IBM x3690 x5 Light Path Diagnostic Circle of Death Mainboard Failure?

I have serious trouble with a x3690. After moving it to a new server rack it won't startup. After connecting the server to power supply the Light Path Diagnostic LEDs turn wheels. The normal ...
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How To Tell If The CPU Is Dead [closed]

Hi i have a computer i use as a server (ubuntu 14.04). Recently it stopped working, but i don't know how to diagnose what hardware might be damaged? i have plugged in a monitor and when i turn the ...
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What is a a good serial-to-USB adapter? [closed]

Serial ports on devices are still used for many things, especially on network devices. However, most modern laptops no longer have serial (aka "COM") ports. So what I'm curious about is: what is a ...
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HP Proliant DL380 G3 not booting. Error “1611 fan 7 not present” after changing power supply

I inherited an HP proliant DL380 G3 some years back and it's been working faithfully as a games/web/build server. At some point during the past year where I haven't been using it the power supply ...
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What are the minimum specs for Ubuntu server to host a subversion repository? [duplicate]

I need to build an server (Ubuntu 9.10 server) to host source control (subversion) from my house. What are the minimum specs (processor and RAM) to do this with good performance? I'll need to buy ...
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Recommended server specs [closed]

I'm looking to purchase a new server. My use cases are as follows: Primary OS will be Win '08 running SQL '08 as a development server. On my current server I also run WAMP for LAMP stack ...
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When should I consider a 2 socket motherboard for Server? [duplicate]

We are buying a new server and the idea of dual socket motherboard comes up. Is 2 socket motherboard worth the price and hassle for an application that hosts a couple of websites and databases for a ...
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Physical stats of cable modems

I am interested in what physical stats are available for cable modems and what they say about that modem. I can think of the that sound important to me: The ability to cope with strong or weak ...
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Power supply reliability

Is a larger-capacity power supply likely to live longer than a lower-capacity supply, even if they both have plenty of capacity for the system they're on? For example, say I have a system where the ...
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HP microserver gen8 - Win server 2012 r2 does not see the internal HD - asks for a driver

I have just taken delivery of the base spec Microserver gen8. I have installed a WD 1Tb drive in slot 1, and the BIOS/RAID controller finds it. However when I come to install Win server 2012 r2 it ...
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Underclocking/undervolting AMD Opteron Processors to lower TDP rating

How does one safely lower the TDP rating of Opteron CPUs? I am willing to sacrifice some power, but wish to keep stability. Background: I have a TYAN S4985 Motherboard with 4 quad-core Opteron 8380 ...
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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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Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?

Call me stupid, but is it possible to use an IBM BladeCenter HS20 server as a standalone unit without the BladeCenter?
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server is beeping

Walking by the server closet I noticed that one of our servers (namely the one that hosts the company software/data) is beeping: low-high repeat. As soon as it started, I backed up all of the data ...
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Clear the fault LED on an IBM x3650 M4 after accidental disk insertion and removal?

The server had a disk added, and then the operator realized they put the disk in the wrong server, so they pulled it out again. No harm done, the server is running and the disk was never actually ...
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Cost of running a specific server based on consumption

I have ventured across many sites in the last 3 days with no real definitive answers. Attempting to price a near to true value of the running cost of a specific server based on consumption and not ...
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What is the difference between RDIMM vs UDIMM

I don't quite understand the differences between the two besides the obvious price differences. What does each offer over the other?
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Why does a ZFS resilver scan the entire pool?

I have a zpool where I have just replaced a failed disk, and started a resilvering to the new disk. What I don't understand is, why zpool status says it want to scan 129TB, when the size of the vdev ...
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Incredibly low disk performance on HP ProLiant DL385 G7

As a test of the Opteron processor family, I bought a HP DL385 G7 6128 with HP Smart Array P410i Controller - no memory. The machine has 20GB ram 2x146GB 15k rpm SAS + 2x250GB SATA2, both in Raid 1 ...
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How can I enable caching on the RAID card or Hard Disk(s)

I've got a HP ML350 G5 server running 6 disks as two RAID-5 configurations. This server has been notifying me of an empty battery on the E200i card. This seems to result in disabled cache: read and ...
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X5690 compatibility + HP DL360 G6

Does anybody know if the X5690 is compatible with the HP Proliant DL 360 G6? I got a pair of X5690s and a DL 360 G6 but i am unable to get any video signal. The fans spin up like crazy and that is ...
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how to define hardware and network requirement for future software system [duplicate]

my team is starting to work on creating functional and technical requirements for big software. As a part of this assignment we are asked to provide well grounded hardware requirements. I have no ...
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Having trouble mapping solaris drive paths to physical disks

I have a supermicro box with 24 drives in front and 12 drives in back. It's running x86 solaris 10 with zfs. Here is the output of zpool status: NAME STATE READ WRITE ...
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Copy Linux host to new hardware

I need to do host to host migrations from old hardware to new hardware. Specifically, from HP BL460G7 to HP BL460G8. Both the old and new servers have 2 x 600GB 2.5" drives and are configured for ...
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Proliant ML350 G3 System board failure

My ProLiant ML350 G3 Tower server's system board has gone bad after it had an inch of its lower edge in rain water. I have a SCSI controller Smart Array 532 with six (36GBx3 and 146GBx3) under RAID5 ...
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Does this hard disk match with the HP ProLiant ML350 G5?

I've got an offering for the 300 GB SAS 10K 2,5" hard disk. Will this fit in my HP ProLiant ML350 G5 server. The description in the manual isn't that clear. I'm just don't want to buy something that ...
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Leatherman tool for administrators? [closed]

I have only been able to find threads about software tools on this subject. Is there any multi-purpose tool out there for it-administrators? I am thinking of something like a leatherman tool - ...
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HP ProLiant DL360p LSI 9211-8i

I want to bypass the Smart Array Controller built into the HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8 (P420i) with an LSI 9211-8i (I need JBOD or pass-through support). Can anyone tell me how to accomplish this? Edit: ...
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HP Smart Array p400i with Intel X25-M 160 SSD

I have a pair of x25-M 160 Intel SSD's in an HP DL360 G5 with a p400i Smart Array running 512 BBWC. The disk performance I am getting on this box and another identical one does not come close to ...
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SAS drive replacement in Proliant server and compatible drives

I am use an Prolian Server ML350-G5. The server has got two disk in RAID 1+0. The model of the disk is 432320-001 (146GB). One disk has shown an ambar light that means the disk needs to be replaced ...
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Raid 6 with HP P421?

I cant figure out if I need to buy a licens key to enable Raid 6 for this raid controller? I can't find where to buy one and I find pages where it says that its now free. sudo hpssacli ctrl slot=1 ...
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Unbalanced server memory configuration concern [closed]

A request for a server (HP DL 160 Gen9) with 2 processors came through with a weird RAM configuration request today. They requested 2 8GB DIMMs and 1 16GB DIMM. Are there any numbers out there which ...
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Is my Cisco switch port bad?

I've been chasing a packet-loss and network stability issue for a handful of end-users on an internal network for the past few days... These issues surfaced last week, however the location was struck ...
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Migrate SAS disks from E200i to B320i Smart Array

I have an older HP ML350 G5 series server with 4 SAS 72GB hdds in RAID 0+1. It's down and beyond repair. So I was wondering would it work if I was just to plug those in newer server with B320i RAID ...
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VMware - persistent “Host memory status” alarm in vSphere

I have a particular VMWare ESX 4.1 host that has a very persistent "Host memory status" alarm. This is running on an HP ProLiant DL360 G7 server. The HP ILO and System Management agents don't know ...
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How common are Intel igb NIC drivers/cards, compared to Intel e1000, etc.?

I'm troubleshooting VMware ESXi host network and connectivity issues stemming from the use of Intel NICs who require the igb driver. The chipset is Intel Corporation 82576. VMware has a few ...
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Proper method for connecting multiple non-stackable network switches?

I deal with many clients in warehousing and industrial applications who have IT staff or local consultants. Many of these sites are still using a 10/100 Megabit switching backbone... I've managed to ...
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HP ProLiant Gen8 Health Agents and EL6.x - cpqHoMibHealthStatusArray has changed to the value: x

I've noticed that my HP ProLiant Gen8 servers report the following message via email to root (or the destination configured in /opt/hp/hp-snmp-agents/cma.conf) upon restart. Trap-ID=11020 ...
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HP ProCurve 2920 switch stack topology for TWO switches? Ring vs. Chain vs. trunk?

I have a customer whose two HP ProCurve 2910al PoE switches have failed. This was backing a VoIP deployment for a small call center. They are interested in replacement PoE switches, but there's a ...
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How can I gain better insight into ISP-managed equipment (routers)?

I have a number of customers who have networking equipment managed by their ISP. This is usually in the form of an ISP-provided switch or router placed at the customer location(s). For sites that ...
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Converting from RAID 1 to RAID 0

We have 2 x 600GB SAS 15K drives configured in RAID 1 through a PERC H710 RAID controller in a PowerEdge R620. Question. Can we convert this to RAID 0 without having need for a OS reinstall? If so, ...
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HP array device fails after pci slot change

i changed my HP 410 smart array controller from one pci slot to another because it was faulty. After the change the logical unit i had fails showing one disk as unassigned and a new one into the array ...
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System's hardware requirements for Symfony2 [duplicate]

I have this web-blog I'm willing to deploy online. I have yet no idea what kind of hosting I should get. I'm sure shared-hosting is not one of them as SSH access is not possible. If I'm getting a ...
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How to find mainboards that supports Self Encrypting Device (SED) in BIOS?

There should exist mainboards that support Self Encrypting Device (SED) in BIOS, so when connecting a SSD which have SED support, and SED have been enabled in the BIOS, it prompts on bootup for ...
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Old Proliant DL360G5 failed and now won't boot

An old server I know but I am a very small business on a shoestring :) I have a Proliant DL360G5: Single PSU All memory slots full (16GB) 2 CPUs (Xeon) 2 x 250GB drives mirrored Running Windows 2012 ...
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Dell Poweredge R410 does not recognize second CPU

I have a Dell Poweredge R410 with two CPUs installed. I tried everything but the second CPU does not get recognized by the BIOS or the Linux Operating System it has. Both CPUs are Intel Xeon E5602 ...
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SAS direct dual link connection to an embedded LSI Fusion-MPT controller

This is a hardware question. I have a dual-link SAS hard drive and a Intel S5000XVNSAS motherboard without the drive cage option. Recently, I bought a direct dual-link cable in amazon. But when ...
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A computer in a dusty environment (factory)

We have a computer in a dusty environment. Worked for more than a year and then PSU died, probably because PSU fan wasn't cooling enought good. I tried to rotate the fan by hand and it was rotating ...