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I just bought a dell poweredge 1850 a few weeks ago off of craigslist. When I first brought it home, it powered up fine and went right into the bios no problem. It never had any OS installed on it since I had it. I recently bought a dvd rom drive to replace the old cd-rom drive so i could instal windows server 2008. After changing out the drive, it doesn't seem to have any display output. All the fans kick on, hard drives spin, and power supplies are on, except after about 5 seconds the amber light starts blinking. Not sure if the video card is shot or some other issue. I tried putting back the original cd rom drive but still have the same problem. I'm not sure if anyone on here has had a similar issue with a poweredge server. I know its like 4 years old and stuff could break. I only spent 150 bucks on it so its not a huge deal if it doesn't work. Besides ebay is filled with tons of parts for these things anyways. any help is appreciated.
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Sounds to me like you might have accidently damaged it when replacing the drive.

Did you unplug the system when working on it.

Drop any screws on the mobo

Hear any cracking?


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Now to trouble shoot..

First make sure you reset the CMOS

Then test. If it still dosnt work go online and look up error codes of the model or use a POST card to determine the origin of the problem.
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My older poweredge also had issues with the video output when I turned it on. Turned out the case door was pressed against the RAM plate on the motherboard. Everything worked fine when I opened the door. Weird stuff.
    
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Originally Posted by StuffStuff1;12511561 
Sounds to me like you might have accidently damaged it when replacing the drive.

Did you unplug the system when working on it.

Drop any screws on the mobo

Hear any cracking?


___________________________________________________________________

Now to trouble shoot..

First make sure you reset the CMOS

Then test. If it still dosnt work go online and look up error codes of the model or use a POST card to determine the origin of the problem.

No. Believe it or not Dell makes changing out cards, hard drives, power supplies, and disc drives pretty idiot proof. It was just a tray and cable that unplugs. Its not even near the motherboard since its up at the front. I've left the case cover off to try to see if it would start. Ill have to give it a try and see. Its very strange.
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do you have any idea on how to reset the cmos on one of these things? Everything is so hard to find since everything is crammed in there.
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Originally Posted by mdd1986;12514436 
do you have any idea on how to reset the cmos on one of these things? Everything is so hard to find since everything is crammed in there.

do this first.... put the cdrom drive back in. Then unplug the server from power and hold in the power button for about 30 secs.... then put in the power cord again and try to power up. Also the 1850 has a real funky back plane for the hard drives. It has those blue plastic pins to hold it down. Sometimes those can come out and it doesn't make contact with the connector. That is the only model they used that back plane on. Anyway try the first thing first.
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Originally Posted by MrAMD_Fan;12514493 
do this first.... put the cdrom drive back in. Then unplug the server from power and hold in the power button for about 30 secs.... then put in the power cord again and try to power up. Also the 1850 has a real funky back plane for the hard drives. It has those blue plastic pins to hold it down. Sometimes those can come out and it doesn't make contact with the connector. That is the only model they used that back plane on. Anyway try the first thing first.

yea, maybe that is the problem. Ill have to take a look at the hard drives to see if they are making full contact. I know they were getting power since the LEDs were on and you could hear them spinning. Ill give it a try tonight. thanks
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yea, maybe that is the problem. Ill have to take a look at the hard drives to see if they are making full contact. I know they were getting power since the LEDs were on and you could hear them spinning. Ill give it a try tonight. thanks

Oh ok, well if the lights are on, then it wouldn't be the backplane not making contact with the drives..... You could skinny it down to minimum to post. When it is shut off, unseat all the drives (unlatch and pull out about an inch or so). If there are any pci cards take them out of the server. put 1 stick of memory in slot A1 i think it is the slot closest to the side, but the underside of the top cover should have a sticker with the info on there. Make sure the scsi cable is connected to the motherboard all the way (i haven't worked on a 1850 for a while but i'm pretty sure it is over to the left on the backplane). PM me if you want.... for more info... I do warranty work for dell servers for my company....
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