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I just purchase a HP Proliant DL360 G3 server. The server runs great with Windows 2003 Standard 32 bit but the fan noise is very loud. I did update the BIOS to the current version and I did switch the SW3 switch to the off position. I did update the HP Proliant Essentials to the most current version 8.20.

Any other suggestions would be helpful.
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by:synergiq
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When you first turn on the server they are really loud and should quiten down after about 30 seconds...
Does this happen or does it stay the same speed/noise level?
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by:drherdman
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The server has multiple fans. Is one fan louder than the rest?
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by:synergiq
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We bought one of these before... its got tones of fans in.

My question still applies, do the fans die down after a few seconds or stay at the same speed?
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by:dude02
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The fans are consistent with the same speed from start up to shutdown. I know this has been a problem with this type of a server from reading all the HP help forums.


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by:dude02
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Using the HP Management Home Page it stats that the fans are running Normal and all function are OK. I also Have HP DL380 which are quiet like a kitten with the HP DL360 which is more like a Lions purr. I actually have to wear ear plugs...:)


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by:dude02
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No one fan is louder than the rest. They are very consistent speed.


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by:drherdman
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The fans should not be that loud I would contact HP support and RMA them.
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by:andyalder
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1 U servers are very loud, HP did some airflow improvements in the G4 and G5 series but the G3s are loud even with the latest Proliant support pack installed.

Compare the figures for accoustic noise in the following 2 servers
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11504_div/11504_div.HTML#Technical%20Specifications
 http://h18007.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12476_div/12476_div.html#Technical%20Specifications

10dBA difference!

Also see the note about the date code of the system rom, they were even louder before, you can use th firmware CD to update if old roms.
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I had the older style fans installed which were causing the problem. I updated to the newer fan style and this did the trick.

Thanks,


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by:andyalder
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I didn't know there were 2 types of fan, can you post relevant part numbers please.
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