I've got a server that has the following:
- 8x 1tb SATA hard drives (loaded into front - 3ware raid card)
- 2x 250gb SATA drives - OS installed (software raid)
- 3ware RAID Card
- DVD Drive
- 2x network cards etc....
- Tyan motherboard
Previously, this system had just 6 drives in..
I recently added all the extra drives. Managed to get windows in. However... it suddenly started randomly restarting / turning off - as if someone had pulled the power out of the back.
This fault was intermittent. Sometimes it would work for 10 minutes before dying, others 1 minute. I could boot into the bios / raid controller... sometimes it would cut out during this, other times not.
I sent it back to our supplier - who have come back and said the PSU AND motherboard have blown.
I always thought a blown motherboard would prevent from booting at all?
I was under the impression it may of been an under-rated PSU - the one in there was just 500W?