Can quiten a Dell server?

Dear Sirs'

I have the unfortunate problem of having to do a lot of work on a Dell server. It's so noisey that I have to wear wax wear plugs and even that drives me nuts.

If their a solution too this by replacing the fans? I thought of a Ras connection but would prefer to hit the hardware.

It's a Dell poweredge 1950

Regards 1752
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Well, 1U servers are going to be loud, but that said:

- make sure you do not have a failed fan - the others will speed up to compensate
- make sure the lid is on securely - if not, it will speed up the fans
- make sure there are no hardware errors (your status LCD will be amber)
- make sure system firmware (BIOS, ESM/BMC, DRAC, PERC, NIC, etc.) are up to date

Once you determine that everything is healthy and running as well as Dell intended it to, with the noise level that is appropriate for that type of server, then you can research replacing the fans.  You may be limited with 1U fans, but people have "modded" servers to use quieter fans, so you might try googling for a starting point.  Just a note, not all fans have the connections necessary to communicate their status to the server, so you may end up with a server that runs quieter but always shows an error.

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1752Author Commented:
So I should Gooogle fans for a dell 1950?
What is room temp? 70 degrees is preferred.  If not fans will try to make it 70 degrees
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
That will probably yield lots of results for genuine/authentic/factory fans for a 1950.

Try "fans 1950 mod quiet"
1752Author Commented:
Although I was once a dab hand at soldering "once de soldered all the memory chips on an early IBM XT and replaced them with new. I rendered it worthless. Lol

Multilayered circuits wasn't taught at college.

It sounds to me that I need explicit instructions to whom I should purchase from etc. So I don’t have to think a great deal. Thinking these days a panic I hope you don’t mind.

1752Author Commented:
The advice was correct.
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