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I can hear the fans spinning up every time I trip the switch.  Which
fan should I be looking at specifically?

--- "John L.Utz III" <john_(_at_)_utzweb_(_dot_)_net> wrote:

> i hear 'bad power supply', with the most likely culprit being the fan
> siezed
> up.
> 
> can you spin the fan with your finger
> 
> At Sat, 18 Dec 2004 11:48:13 -0800 (PST),
> J D wrote:
> > 
> > Tried disklabel da0.  This resulted in "disklabel: /dev/da0: no
> valid
> > label found."  Still can't mount the disk or any partitions in it.
> > 
> > Also tried tricking the top interlock switch on the Alpha system
> > itself.  Strange, because with the power on, tripping the interlock
> > causes the machine to come on for about a second and then shut off
> like
> > it did before.  It repeats this every time I trip the interlock. 
> Any
> > ideas what else could be causing this trouble?
> > 
> > JD
> > 
> > --- Peter Jeremy <PeterJeremy_(_at_)_optushome_(_dot_)_com_(_dot_)_au> wrote:
> > 
> > > On Tue, 2004-Dec-14 15:14:32 -0800, J D wrote:
> > > >Hey, new here.  I figured I would subscribe to this list as
> opposed
> > > to
> > > >the others because I have something of an odd problem which is
> > > directly
> > > >related to matters hardware.
> > > 
> > > Alpha hardware is sufficiently uncommon that it's also discussed
> on
> > > -alpha.
> > > 
> > > >Recently, that machine simply stopped working.  You hit the
> power
> > > >switch, hear a brief click and spinning up of fans, and the
> power
> > > light
> > > >goes off about a second and a half afterward, sans any beeping,
> > > >blinking lights or presentation of error information on the
> > > machine's
> > > >built-in LCD.
> > > 
> > > That sounds like a PSU problem.  I agree that trying to buy a new
> one
> > > would be impractical (and uneconomic).  If you know someone with
> some
> > > hardware skills, it may be repairable - the inside probably won't
> be
> > > that peculiar.
> > > 
> > > >The machine now recognizes the presence of the three 2GB drives,
> but
> > > >sysinstall's fdisk calls the partitions on them "unused."  When
> I do
> > > >"fdisk da0" from a root prompt, however, I get these bits of
> > > relevant
> > > >data:
> > > 
> > > The problem is that Alpha disks don't have a PC-style partition
> > > table.
> > > 
> > > >So.  Be straight with me.  Is the data on these drives
> completely
> > > >unrecoverable?  Can I do some gymnastics to get it back?
> > > 
> > > The data is still there and should be recoverable.  Rather than
> > > using sysinstall, try installing the disks onto a functional
> FreeBSD
> > > system and try "disklabel daN".  You should be able to mount
> those
> > > partitions.
> > > 
> > > >issue.  Is there some help for this, if true?  Wikipedia says
> this
> > > >about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endianness which makes me
> > > think
> > > >that possibly my Alpha and PII are different-endian.
> > > 
> > > The Alpha is theoretically bytesexual but, AFAIK, only
> little-endian
> > > Alpha systems exist.  Your A1000 is definitely little-endian -
> which
> > > matches your P-II.  The only issue you might bump into is that
> longs
> > > are 32-bits on i386 and 64-bits on Alpha, though all the on-disk
> > > structures are fixed sizes so this won't affect mounting the
> disk.
> > > 
> > > >TIA for any help you can offer.  Anyone who wants it, btw, can
> have
> > > any
> > > >of the hardware from my Alpha machine if they'd like it :)
> > > 
> > > You might like to offer this in -alpha and give an indication of
> > > where
> > > you are (since an A1000 is not compact).
> > > 
> > > -- 
> > > Peter Jeremy
> > > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
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