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Hi all, little bit of an odd hardware issue here but since this is to do with a server I thought I'd post it here.

So one of my servers has been acting a little strange over the last few months. The problem being that it will sometimes refuse to power up after being shut down (when it has to be)

I started noticing this issue after completing some work in the area of my house where my servers are kept. The same typical issue you experience if there is a hardware problem present (especially a PSU one) I press the power button, the fans and front case LED's come on for a split second and nothing more. Further attempts result in no sign of life at all. Now, if I leave the machine sitting for around 10 - 15 minutes with the PSU switch off and then flick it back on and attempt to power it on it works, and continues to work just fine.

However, one day I had to reboot the machine in order to remove some Server Roles, and after a short while noticed it wasn't back online. I went to check it out and noticed that it was completely powered off, even though it was specifically set to reboot. Upon further investigation I noticed that it will sometimes boot just fine and other times it will just shut itself down (a bit like the power on situation)

I couple of things I made sure of:

1. Everything was connected and seated properly and securely.
2. The components were grounded properly
3. The system was free of dust
4. All drivers are software were up to date and working
5. Tested RAM for errors with 10 passes with Memtest86+

Now, going by the issue there is only two components that I can point my finger at, those being the PSU and Motherboard. The Motherboard has worked fine ever since it was given to me a few years ago with no signs of this issue, even though it was running on another PSU at the time. The current PSU was given to me also. It almost certainly sounds like a PSU issue to me though, given the type of issue.

The server rig specs are out-dated on my profile, as I sold part of that system off. Here are the current specs:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (Latest BIOS)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ stock with power saving features on
RAM: 4GB of OCZ Gold XTC DDR2 800MHz 5-5-5-18 @ stock
Storage: 6x SATA-300 7200RPM HDD's
Optical: 1x SATA DVD-ROM Drive
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 4350 @ stock
Power Supply: Chieftech 500W (Forget the exact model but it's made by Acbel as I made a post on it a while back)
Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1 RTM

All frequencies and voltages are at stock.


So before I strip the system down for more advanced hardware troubleshooting, does anyone have any other ideas on what it could be besides the PSU?
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Apart from the PSU, the only thing I can think of is a loose connection on the power switch. I suspects it's the PSU though - perhaps a flaky EPS12V line? I've had that happen before.
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Yeah its quite possible that there could be a flaky connection somewhere. I wouldn't imagine that it would be the power switch at the front of the chassis as I am having random shutdown's during rebooting at times.

I'll probably be picking up a new PSU once I'm finished troubleshooting since I'd like one with more SATA power connections anyway.
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