So, recently, I’ve been having issues with my server. It occasionally randomly reboots, and then fails to boot back up until I’ve powered it off for a few minutes. This isn’t good in any sense of the word. Something very wrong is happening here, and it needs to be addressed.
The up side is that when it fails to boot back up, it does have a boot code, and that indicates the issue. Specifically, it appears to be a System Timer issue, or possibly a RAM issue. As the issue is new, I seriously doubt its RAM, and I’ve already ran a full 3 pass memory test. So I’m pretty confident that it’s this “System Timer” issue, which means the board is trash and needs to be tossed/RMAed.
Now, how serious is a “System Timer” issue? Well, it basically keeps all the component in sync and talking to each other at the correct rate. So if it’s malfunctioning, that means you will get all sorts of errors. Especially reboots. And it the issue only gets worse.
Or as a friend put it “hertz” not “seconds” clock.
Now, ASRock doesn’t believe me about the issue, and wants me to reflash the bios, and do some testing. But, as this page is being delivered from said server… I’d rather not. Especially, as I need it running for work. And for those of you that use Subsonic on it.
So basically, it means it’s time for a hardware upgraded. I’ve been itching to do so for a while, but it seems like now is the time.