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xSeries 306m will not boot

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I have a xSeries 306m that will not boot. The LED lights on all the fans are orange. It will power up and the fans will spin high for a few seconds then the LED lights go orange and it just sits there. Nothing on the screen at all and no beep codes.
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This could be due to a problem with the power supply, RAM, motherboard or CPU.  I would open it up, check that it doesn't have any obvious problems, such as blown capacitors or cables disconnected, RAM not seated properly, etc.  Try different RAM or reseating the RAM that's installed.  Try a different power supply if you can.

Have any upgrades or changes been made shortly before this happened?
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Nothing had changed..I had just finished building the machine as an email server and rebooted when it started doing this. I changed the RAM and re-plugged all the fan connections. I checked for anything blown and didn't see anything there. I can't try a different power supply since I don't have one.
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Alright, let's try the process of elimination.

With the server turned off, remove all the adapters and disconnect the cables and power cords to all internal and external devices until the server is at the minimum configuration required for the server to start.  Reconnect all ac power cords and turn on the server.  If it starts successfully, replace the adapters and devices one at a time until the problem is isolated.

By the way, the minimum configuration requirement for RAM is 512mb --one 512mb stick in slot 1.

If the above "minimum" configuration still won't POST successfully you could try resetting the BIOS using the Clear CMOS jumper (JP3) located in the corner of the motherboard opposite the CPU.

If that doesn't do it, the BIOS could actually be corrupted.  You can recover using the boot block recovery jumper and a USB floppy drive loaded with the BIOS code provided by IBM's support site.  If you go this route, instructions can be found either in the PDF manual for the server or probably at the same place you download the BIOS code.
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Alright AnakiMana I tried all of that but still no go. Is there a fan controller of some sort that could be bad? The fans are all spinning up fine so it's not the fans themselves. I attached a pict of the lights. Also I don't know if this matters but the LED at JP5 next to the JP3 jumper is blinking green.
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The blinking LED near JP3 is normal - the Baseboard Management Controller status LED flashes to indicate that its functioning normally.

I'm afraid it's looking like your board is dead.  Or the processor.  The fan error LEDs all coming on at once, no video output, the way it suddenly happened after only making software changes... I'd say it's time to look for a replacement.

It looks like Ebay has some inexpensive 306m's.  If you buy the same model you won't have to lose all your software setup efforts, plus you'll have a lot of spare parts from this one.
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=xseries+306

Wish I had better news for you,
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Also just found a good deal here from a store I've bought from before and trust: http://www.surpluscomputers.com/349425/ibm-x306-p4-3.0ghz-1u.html

They have it on sale for 120.00.
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