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  1. Hey all! Just wanted to post an upgrade announcement. Nabbed myself a CyberPower OR1500LCDRT2U UPS! This is my first UPS I've ever owned. Damn thing is HEAVY. I had to remove the battery before installation just so I could screw it into the rack. Powered everything up and it looks good! Still have to install the software. Not sure what I need to get. Maybe @Christopher (Drashna) can provide me with some advice on that. The Business one looks really complex but should feature everything I"d need to access. The Personal version looks much easier to work with but must be lacking in som
  2. Thanks guys. Honestly, I'm not really concerned about the energy (at least not yet). It's more about the heat. As of right now, because I live with my parents still, the server is located in my bedroom closet to dampen the noise as much as possible. I leave the door open about an inch to help exhaust the heat. However, there have been quite a few days I come home from work and find my room exceedingly hot (as in 100+ degrees F). It's not necessarily the computer. In most cases, it's because Dad turned off the air conditioner and didn't open my windows. My bedroom faces East, and I have
  3. Yeah I sent them a follow-up reply to see if there was anything they could do or recommend. I'm not using this in a business scenario, just a home file server. They said because of the way S3 works, it causes issues with the chips on their server boards. So it's not something I can do, it's a fundamental protection built into the server board itself. This has been very educational for me. When I built my first "server", it was just an old desktop computer, 4 drives, and Windows Home Server software. Again, using it just for file serving, it worked fine going into S3 and then waking up wh
  4. I send them a support request email after posting here. And believe it or not, they replied 1 minute before you just did! They confirmed that it's an industry standard on server boards to not include S3 compatibility due to stability issues. Kinda bummed about that. I spent $400 on a new CPU thinking it would solve the problem. Oh well. I guess I should have researched it more before "pulling the trigger".
  5. Good (and troubling) News.. I got my new CPU in today. I went with that Xeon E3-1276 V3. I just got done installing it. It works great. Windows gave me no crap about it, and detected the proper details automatically. 4 Cores with all the Hyperthreading stuff so it appears like I have 8. The server is a lot faster now. The troubling thing is, it still won't do a proper simple S3 Standby. If I go into the BIOS, all of the C states are enabled (it actually has more than I knew of, including S6, etc). However, when I check my powercfg inside Windows, it shows this: Microsoft Windows [
  6. Hey guys! I'm finally getting into some money from my job. I've been there long enough at full time to get the top out pay! My server is becoming quite large now, at 56tb. I know, that's not a lot comparatively among some of you guys. But still, I'm sitting now at 22 out of 24 drives in my case. I got all my backplane issues sorted out too. I'm looking to upgrade. The CPU is just a Celeron, the lowest chip I could get at the time that was compatible to make the system work. It's served it's purpose, but the system is very slow. I have the OS installed on an SDD too. I have plenty
  7. I totally get that. Depression is my angst. It's all good though. Projects like this keep me on the level. I got the drive cloned to a new SSD, so far no issues. A UPS will be next on my list before another drive. Maybe I can find a good deal on Amazon with free Prime shipping.
  8. I was all set and ready to buy a UPS when I posted about it a month or so ago but never did. I've been in a massive depression with my home life as of late and have dedicated a lot of time to working and saving money for a car so I can move out. Then all of a sudden my Essentials Dashboard has been throwing up glaring CRITICAL warnings about services (like Active Directory Certification Service) not running or being able to start. Databases are corrupted, and the computer just can't boot off the OS drive in a warm reset but rather only from a cold start. It's almost like my build is agains
  9. Ah! Thanks! I'll install that latest and see if it fixes anything. I really still think its the drive and not the software. If I set the computer to just always be on, I never have any issues. And rebooting from a complete power off always seems to make it work. It's only if I try to resume from standby, or if the power was cut (we have a LOT of momentary split second power outages around here (that's why I still need to buy a UPS)) that I have this problem of the drive not working.
  10. The only version I can find to download is or Beta. I went ahead and ordered a new drive for the OS.. gonna try that.
  11. BETA... Is there a newer version? I will try running through the troubleshooter. Do you have any advice on how to duplicate the OS drive when I get a new one?
  12. So I'm sending out another "Call for help!" @Chris Can you help me friend? I've started having a lot of intermittent crashes with my server. I'm not sure what's causing in. I've got it set to go into standby when I'm not at home to save electricity. Sometimes when I get home from work, I send it a remote wake "magic packet" so my Kodi box I built out of a Raspberry Pi can stream a TV show or something from it. Most of the time it works fine. However there have been a few occasions (lots more recently) where I'm sitting here for 5 minutes and it never wakes up. Then I go and turn on
  13. Ok cool, I'll consider that when I'm at the store next time. Thanks again!
  14. I never considered getting a shelf for the rack (other than the one I have the server case sitting on. When I get some extra money together I'll consider that as an option. This is the power supply I'm using my server http://www.corsair.com/en-us/ax760i-digital-atx-power-supply-760-watt-80-plus-platinum-certified-fully-modular-psu So it says PFC in the details on their website. I guess that means that's what I"m looking for. Have any suggestions for something I should look for?
  15. So here's a question... About UPS. I was at the (only) computer store the other day and was looking at what they had to offer. The prices are fair, around $200 for the high end stuff. 480 minutes, 10 outlets, etc. But my question is.. are these compatible with rack mounting? All I had to go by was the photo on the box, and they all look like they just sit on the floor. I thought I remembered seeing examples online that were designed to go into a rack or cabinet. Am I just remembering wrong, or do they come mounting kits? Also, I remember Chris saying something about the Sine wave b
  16. You make it sound so complicated. Would you recommend then that I just leave the policy to offline? I just find it annoying when I'm trying to troubleshoot failing backplanes and drives, to have to go in and re-online them every time I pull one and move it to another slot. For the rare instance where I'm actually installing a new drive, I don't mind it being offline all that much. I mean, I have to go into the Disk Manager to initialize the drive and format it before I can use it anyway. Maybe I'll just leave it lol. So I got the replacement backplane for the faulty one they sent me t
  17. We have the read receipt option in our Outlook at work. It's definitely nice to know that somebody has looked at it and just hasn't responded to you yet (or ever). It would have been nice in the particular case, because I would have been able to see that she/they had not opened it yet. Would have been an indication that something was really F*ed up. I still don't understand why their email server would full on BLOCK the email, and not just send it truncated or something. Even still, if it were blocked, it should have sent it back to me as undeliverable with at least some reason why. This
  18. I can't request read receipts with my google address. It says it only works for work and school (and point blankly says it won't work on my account). But yeah that option would have been nice.
  19. Well I've made some progress.. Waiting to hear back. I decided to CALL them. Last night when I got home from work I called them. In Eastern Standard Time it was 8pm, but that should be 4pm in California. There was no answer, then after about the 6th ring there was an automated voice system saying they were closed and to call back again, then it hung up before letting me leave a message. So today I got off at 6pm, so I called them again. This time it went right through and I got.. wait for it... JUDY ZHOU!! The person who sent me the faulty backplane in the first place lol. So I told h
  20. Doncha just luv it?! I was at work today, got a blurp on my phone that I got an email from info@ipcdirect.net. We have a limited data plan, so I didn't open it. Just got home from work, and wouldn't you know.. it's an automated system asking for me to provide customer feedback on my purchase. WTF. ---------------------- Email for Day #4 ---------------------- You must be either automatically deleting my requests, or simply ignoring me. What's the deal? Do you not understand English? Perhaps I'll try Chinese... 我訂購的背æ¿åœ¨æŠµé”時有缺陷。 我需è¦ä¸€å€‹RMA來äº
  21. Is that your list of stuff to sell, or list of stuff you're currently using? I have no need for 2 x 4u server cases (24 drive i assume), my home entertainment collection isn't near that large (yet!). But if they're for sell, I wonder how much you'd part for one of them seeing as how mine is falling apart at the seams. I live in Columbus, Ohio. Chris has sent me quite a few bits of hardware over the last couple of years. He lives in California and it takes 2 maybe 3 days tops to get here. Anyway, since going with the old drive cages and reverse breakout cables, I've managed to have Dr
  22. Here's an interesting bit of (non-Norco-related) development... I decided to forego using a backplane for the time being while Norco continues to BS around. I still have my original iStar drive cages from my old case. One converts 3x5.25 bays into 5x3.5, and the other converts 2x5.25 into 3x3.5. So I thought, why not use my reverse breakout cable and hooked these drives up through that temporarily. In doing so, I remembered why I hated this setup lol. The middle slot on my 5-bay cage doesn't work, but that's ok because a reverse cable only has 4 connectors. I connected the cables, remou
  23. Latest (the forwarded message is included, I'm just not including it here in this forum): ------------------------------------------ Sent to sales@norcotekcom, service@norcotek.com, info@ipcdirect.net, judyzhou@norcotek.com (the person who wanted pictures of my old backplane), and wells@norcotek.com (the person who wanted to know what drive screws I needed)...... ------------------------------------------ It has now been 50 hours (2 days and 2 hours) since my initial request was made to RMA a DOA replacement backplane. You continue to ignore my emails. So I have now added 2 more ad
  24. Another day, no reply. @lee1878 - Would this work if it's a Mastercard, but also a checking debit card from your bank? That's all I have. I couldn't get "credit" if my life depended on it. I can't even get overdraft protection from my own bank that I've had an account with over 20 years.
  25. I wish I could afford a better case and just replace the whole thing. I have a crappy grocery store job that pays their employees pitifully while their CEO sits making $300k plus a year on salary and really only works 2 days a month. Anyway, I'll see where this goes. It was pretty interesting that it only took them an hour to send me an email asking for photos when I clicked the ORDER button on their website, but then they never replied back when I asked for further details prior to ordering.
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