Hi All -
Long time listener, first-ish time poster.
I recently decided to upgrade my Unraid server, which was built using the NK4.0 guidelines. I bought a Xeon E3-1280v3 and X10SLM-F from ebay with the intention of taking the RAM from my existing server.
I pulled the old motherboard out of the case, move the RAM over, installed the CPU, and put the motherboard back into the case. Plugged everything back in and plugged it into power. I get a solid amber light on LED4 and the BMC Heartbeat (LED1) pulses green. Both of these are the expected state.
After some more troubleshooting, I decided to pull the motherboard out of the case and attempt to power up with just the bare minimum. I feel like I’ve tried every combination of things, and nothing has booted up:
- Tried new PSU
- Tried without RAM
- Tried with one stick in every slot
- Tried with two sticks in alternating slots
- Tried without the CPU
- Tried moving the CPU fan to all of the fan ports (FAN1-4 and FANA)
- Tried without CPU and without RAM
- Tried shorting the power switch pins
- Replaced CMOS battery
- Pulled CMOS battery out overnight
- Pulled CMOS battery and shorted JBT1
After all of that, I still never get any indication that the motherboard boots. No fans, no video, no nothing.
I’ve plugged in the motherboard to my home network via the IPMI LAN port and it connects, although it’s not using DHCP (it’s IP is 192.168.107.80 but my network is 192.168.1.X). I can connect to IPMI via the web interface after changing my laptop’s IP and subnet to work with the server’s IP. But, the default username/password of ADMIN/ADMIN does not work. I’ve tried every combination of this as well (ADMIN, admin, Admin, etc.). The motherboard does not have a sticker indicating that it has a random default password. I’ve also used Supermicro’s IPMIViewer tool to connect, but I cannot log in through there either.
Since I can’t get the motherboard to boot, I don’t think I can use the IPMICFG tool (please correct me if I’m wrong!); and since I don’t know the username/password, I can’t do anything through the IPMI Web Interface.
I think I have two potential failures: either the motherboard or the CPU. I could buy a different CPU and attempt to use that. Or, I could buy a new motherboard.
I’m wondering if anyone has ideas on if there are any other troubleshooting steps I should try before buying more hardware.
Thanks for reading!