I have a customer with a DELL Poweredge 800 that will not boot. There was seemingly a power outage overnight. The server has a flashing orange light on the front of the machine. When I take the Bezel off and boot the server I get the flashing orange light with the following lights
When you go to power on the server the DELL splash screen comes up with the little white bar going across. Once the bar gets to a certain point the server locks up entirely with no other option than to hold the power button down and start over, this happens before the monitor even comes on so I cant see anything before it locks up. Now the manual says this is a USB error, but i'm skeptical.
What I've tried:
I pulled everything out of the back of the server, network cables, USB cables and only left the monitor, power and PS2 keyboard and I still got the same issue.
I tried booting the server with the USB plugs in different ports and still got the same error.
I pulled out the memory and when I powered on the server it did beep at me indicating the memory was missing
I pulled out all the additional cards that were installed in the server and unplugged the CDROM and still got the same error
Finally I unplugged the server and pulled out the battery on the MOBO. I held the power button down for about a minute before replacing the battery and plugging the server back in. Same problem.
I believe this is a MOBO issue and I have told my client that, but before making them purchase a new MOBO, I'd like to be certain it is that and not the Power supply. The power supply seems fine but without a spare I couldn't test it. Any input is appreciated.