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IBM Xseries 3400 only working while power button holding pressed

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 ...
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Troubleshooting ESXi hardware freeze with PCI Passthrough

I have a Supermicro X9SCM board with a Atheros AR5008 PCI Express card (D-LINK DWA-556, Device=0024&Vendor=168C). The card can successfully be marked for PCI passthrough in ESXi (I tried versions ...
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What is the root cause of a Hard Drive “ticking” sound after 15 min of being on?

In my office there is a laptop dell inspiron 1420 with HD of 100GB of space. The computer is about a year old, and the hard drive has a weird and annoying ticking sound. The ticking sound starts ...
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What's in your troubleshooting tool box?

Generally speaking, what's in your truobleshooting toolbox for hardware related problems? Think multimeters, memtest86 and other things, but not wireshark and disassemblers
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How to troubleshoot a black screen (no video) on boot?

On a related question to this one, now I have a file server whose power supply and fans spin up, but gets no video and no beep codes. I have tried two different video cards in the system, and neither ...
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How can I troubleshoot a broken on/off switch?

I have a file server that was recently relocated in a transoceanic move. It isn't under warranty, as it was a custom-built in-house tower. When I hooked everything up and tried to boot it, the system ...
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How can I troubleshoot an immediate computer shutdown?

I've had my desktop for ~4 years now, and recently it started behaving really badly: Whenever I run a Flash webgame or anything that takes up a great deal of memory - like a game, for example - ...