Solved

Dell Poweredge 2600 is loosing Network connectivity, mouse and keyboard function

Posted on 2006-06-12
9
287 Views
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have a very odd problem and its getting to be a pain and possiblity a big problem down the road.  For no reason the server which runs windows 2000 server with the latest service pack, exchange 2003 server will lose netowrk connectivity, and the keyboard and mouse function will not exist either.  the only way to get it back is to reboot the server.  this problem happens randomly.  maybe once every 3 days or it might happen 6 months from now.  There are no events logged and i ran diags on the network card.  I even bought a new switch and it still happens.  Does anyone have any clue of whats happening with this system.  I was thinking of upgrading the bios but I dont know if that would make things worse or even help the situation.  Please advise.
0
Comment
Question by:Matt Pessolano
  • 4
  • 4
9 Comments
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 16885310
I'd test the server's hardware. memtest86+ which is on the UBCD is a good way to start. This CD also contains many other Tools You can use for diagnostics. Plan for enough downtime!

Also open the box up and clean out all the dust, make sure all the fans are running properly, check the heatsink is attached firmly, if necessary remove it from the CPU, thoroughly clean both surfaces and add a very small amount of thermal transfer paste.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Matt Pessolano
ID: 16885350
would updating the bios do anything?  would it help?
0
 
LVL 4

Accepted Solution

by:
xcromx earned 500 total points
ID: 16885582
Yeah I would flash your bios and see if that helps...Sounds like a hardware issue with the MB..
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 16885936
I wouldn't try updating the bios before you are sure the hardware is OK, otherwise you could make the pc non-functional!
0
New My Cloud Pro Series - organize everything!

With space to keep virtually everything, the My Cloud Pro Series offers your team the network storage to edit, save and share production files from anywhere with an internet connection. Compatible with both Mac and PC, you're able to protect your content regardless of OS.

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Matt Pessolano
ID: 16886067
ok.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Matt Pessolano
ID: 16886081
this is what the dell rep emailed me with..let me know what youthink about what he suggested

 just wanted to follow-up with your case. I would recommend updating the system's firmware and drivers as a next step to isolating this network connectivity and keyboard/mouse issue's source. You can download all the latest updates from the Dell website that I have linked below. I would also recommend updating the network card drivers and run a consistency check with Array Manager to verify that the array is in optimal condition.

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/devices.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&SystemID=PWE_FOS_XEO_2600&os=WNET&osl=EN 

Please follow the steps below to properly update your system, making sure not to skip more than 1 revision. Example: If your system is at A10 System Bios version, you will need to run the A12 update then the A14 update. Earlier versions can be found by locating the most current version and selecting the Other Versions link beneath the Download Now link.

Steps in updating the system:

Do all BIOS updates to the latest version.
ESM/BMC updates.
Update the controller drivers using either device manager or the update package then update the controller firmware with the update package or reboot having the firmware already on disk and ready for updating.
Update the controller firmware.
Uninstall any existing Open Manage applications then install the latest version of Server Administrator with Storage Manager.
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 16886116
Do that once you have testet the
RAM and made sure the server is cool enough like I explained in my first post. If a BIOS upgrade doesn't work the server will be left unbootable
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Matt Pessolano
ID: 16887603
thanks for the info.  I download those tools.  Can I ask you one more questions because you seem to know what you are talking about.  Can you give me some reasons why Motherboards just go bad one day?
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 16887880
At the moment I'm not suspecting the motherboard, but the RAM modules. Ram is often a problem, I don't know why really. Sometimes it could be because they might not have been handled properly at some stage (got picked up while not being grounded, etc).

The other thing I'm thinking of is cooling, and that is just due to dust building up, the fans not working properly anymore, after all they are mechanical and have a limited life span, which also can be shortened a lot by dust. Also, the thermal transfer paste between the CPU and heatsink is often badly applied ( there should only be an idea of this paste, too much can cause the opposite from what is wanted, insulating the CPU from the heatsink thermaly. Also this thermal paste ages. If the CPU gets too hot, a system crash is very often the case.

There can sometimes be problems with mainboards, and most of those are due to electrolytic capacitors which used a bad electrolyte. Thise caused them to start leaking, cracking, bulging or even explode. But problems with mainboards are, compared to the other failures, rather small.
0

Featured Post

Zoho SalesIQ

Hassle-free live chat software re-imagined for business growth. 2 users, always free.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

We recently endured a series of broadcast storms that caused our ISP to shut us down for brief periods of time. After going through a multitude of tests, we determined that the issue was related to Intel NIC drivers on some new HP desktop computers …
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…
Edureka is one of the fastest growing and most effective online learning sites.  We are here to help you succeed.

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now