Server Freezing Solid

Chris Maness chris at chrismaness.com
Wed Nov 12 07:14:26 PST 2008


On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 6:06 AM, Steve Bertrand <steve at ibctech.ca> wrote:
> Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>
>> I atually bought a small portable compressor (designed for running
>> a nailgun, basically) for this purpose.  $80 at Harbor Freight for
>> a new one, you can get them cheaper used.  The canned air is really
>> expensive, you end up using a half a can on a PC.
>>
>> If you do the compressor, make sure you put a regulator on your
>> blow gun: 80-120 psi of air coming out of a blowgun is capabable of
>> blowing components off the circuit boards along with the dust.
>>
>> The compressor is also very useful for blowing out the air
>> conditioner coils every year, as well as the refrigerator coils
>> on the refrigerator.  Doing just this will pay for the compressor
>> in a few years in energy savings.
>
> The compressor suggestion is a great idea Ted.
>
> I would like to point out that there is usually a considerable amount of
> moisture that condenses as the air is being compressed into the tank.
>
> For this reason, I'd advise that either you leave the PC unplugged for
> 10 minutes or so after you've cleaned it to let any residual moisture
> dry, or purchase an inline water filter.
>
> The compressor also makes it quite a bit more convenient for topping up
> your vehicles tire air pressure (you know you don't do this regularly
> enough ;)
>
> Steve
>

It was just cleaned a couple of months ago, and I think I will evoke
the old proverb do me wrong once shame on you -- do me wrong twice
shame on me.  When I put the server on a couple of months ago, I ran
into a couple of post stating that the Abit VP6 had issues with
components that fail.  This seems to have happened.  The old 1U box I
switched the hardrive to yesterday is working flawlessly.  However,
this machine is a little on the underpowered side.

Chris Maness


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