Ok i have a problem that has been lingering for weeks and still can't isolate the exact component and determine the fault. My server (machine #3
) has been hanging, the phenomenon is such that the video shut off, and the machine will freeze up so badly even the reset button won't work - it has to be powered down first.
What I do know is it's always related to an intensive amount of disk activity. E.g. installing software, BitTorrent file checks, etc. As of late, it's been happening more regularly. Surprisingly, huge file transfers between drives and network hadn't caused any freeze.
This happens regardless of whether hard disks are attached to the onboard IDE (ATA66) controller, the Medley ATA133 controller, or QLogic SCSI controller. I also swapped many IDE cables all around, and even plugged out those expansion controllers to no avail, or even without the optical drives.
I have even cloned the original hard disk (which had bad sectors) to a newer bigger model. I have also flashed the BIOS of the motherboard. It was originally 256MB of RAM, but I've played with either slab of RAM now and it ain't helpful.
The OS is Windows Server 2003 EE Eval. I could install that the first time on the ATA133 controller with no problems. But as of now I've gone through over 10 times of failed repair installations with different hardware combos. Now I'm stuck with an unoperational system.