After a few years with a lot of writing and deletion of data, I noticed my server starting to have problems even at light writing and reading at the same time, on the same disk. Looking at the hard drive activity light on the case, I could see it being mostly just constantly on, and … Read more

Using Unraid and Quick Sync to transcode in Plex

Intro Using Plex to stream videos to different devices is very convenient and easy to use. In the background however, there is a lot going on. Different devices require different formats, and the video file you already got might be in a format that specific device can’t play, or maybe the bandwidth is too low … Read more

iDRAC6 No Active LOM fix

After upgrading bios and firmware on my Dell R610 server, iDRAC6 stopped working. Accessing the menu by pressing CTRL-E on boot, was giving me “No Active LOM”, which is indicating it being unable to bind to any of the ports. After searching a bit on google, I found this to be a known problem, with … Read more

Dell Poweredge R210 II manual fan control

Some weeks ago I got an old Dell Poweredge R210 II server. When I got it it had an E3-1220 V2 cpu in, which worked just fine. However, I needed a bit more processing power, so I swapped in an E3-1230 V2.

While the cpu was working just fine, the cooling for some reason didn’t.

At idle the cpu would be around 35-40c, and the fans running at around 3300 rpm. When the cpu then got loaded, the temperature would start to go up, and the fans would start to ramp up too. So far it sounds pretty normal, but this is also where it ends… When the cpu hit 65c, the fans would throttle down to 3300 rpm again, and there they would stay. I did one test where I let the cpu get very hot, and at 95c the fans were still at 3300 rpm, and I aborted the test.

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Testing Linux hard drive speed

Today I got a battery for the cache on my my HP P410 raid controller. After getting the battery charged, I thought it could be fun to see how fast it could actually write to the raid. And then it hit me… I never actually tested it without the write cache, because without the battery, … Read more

Deleting files with the same name

Recently I replaced my old QNAP nas with a HP ProLiant MicroServer N54L. I then wanted to move everything I had from the QNAP nas to my new HP server, and it all went well, except for a lot of trash files I wanted to get rid of. One of the problems was quite a lot … Read more

Getting MRTG to show disk space

For a long time, I have been trying to get MRTG to show how much space there was left/used on a harddrive in my server. I have done this before, but that was on another server, running Windows 2003 server. Now I have changed to a HP Microserver N54L, and installed Debian on it. After a … Read more

Asus VN247H vs Dell U2412M

A while ago I decided I needed one more monitor. This would make my setup total 3 monitors, and to make it look best, borders on the monitors should be as thin as possible. So, why did I chose the Asus monitor? The reason is because of its slim frame, and as they say on … Read more