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First server, a Dell T110, I'm having some problems starting out

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I just setup a T110 that I bought from Dell without an OS installed. I had a spare ATI graphics card so I put it in the server before hooking it up.

Right now when I the press power button, I see the power button intermittently blinking green (It doesn't stay a constant green) and the other buttons blinking green every once in awhile. I can't get anything on my display using the dvi from the graphics card to my LCD monitor. The output built into the motherboard is only VGA, which I currently don't have any cables for. I'm wondering if the reason the lights are blinking is because there isn't any output detected, or whether there is something else entirely different wrong with it.

With my desktop even if drivers aren't installed, the output will still go out the graphic card's dvi output even without an OS installed.
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Oh wow for some reason I didn't even realize this, but is a 305 watt power supply enough to power a ati 4870?
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Originally Posted by Trojita;14458059 
Oh wow for some reason I didn't even realize this, but is a 305 watt power supply enough to power a ati 4870?

probably not. might want to get a 550 Watt or something in that range. 300 watts just isnt enough
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I wondering if maybe the power supply not being able to feed enough power to the graphics card might have caused both the power dysfunction and the inability to see anything on the screen.

I heard dell uses some weird proprietary power supplies sometime, so I don't know how easy that would be to replace. I just wanted to use the graphics card because I had it and I didn't want to stare at a 800x600 screen rolleyes.gif
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you said that the server has integrated graphics? just use that.
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many OEM server boards won't let you boot with a GPU in the x16 slot (to stop you from using their cheap servers as workstations). You can often stick one in the x8 slot though (either by cutting the card/slot or using a riser).

You will need more power for that card either way though.
post #7 of 11
its a server, why not use built in graphics ?
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So I neglected to work on this for awhile.

I removed the graphics card, tried to boot the server and the same problem is happening.

Power light and drive led's flashing green every couple of seconds
Buzzing sound coming out at continuous intervals.

No boot, no goes to the keyboard/mouse, and nothing gets outputted to the screen.
post #9 of 11
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One more thing, when I actually looked at the lights, besides the power button blinking green every few seconds, it looks like the other 2 that blink are numbers 1 and 4.

In the diagnostics section of my servers user manual, it says if 1 and 4 are highlighted that means there is a system board failure. Does highlighting mean that the light should stay a solid green or that it would be blinking such as mine?
post #10 of 11
Get one of these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815158065
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