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Stock 200W PSU (DPS-200PB-189A) too weak to power a 1240 v2?


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I recently bought a used 1240 v2 but can't get it to work properly in my Microserver Gen8.

 

It POSTs fine, but 9/10 times fails to boot FreeNAS (returning "panic: unrecoverable machine check exception" followed by some seemingly CPU-related error messages), and the one time it managed to boot it crashed from the slightest load.

When I run Memtest with the 1240 v2 in it, it constantly reboots at test #6 "Block move".

With a 1265L v2 in it it runs flawlessly - FreeNAS boots without an issue and there are no errors in Memtest.

 

I contacted the seller believing the CPU was faulty, then he told me that he had the same issue getting in to work in his Microserver Gen8, and that the solution was to use another PSU.

I haven't gotten around to try another PSU yet, but I find it a bit weird that the PSU would be the issue, because surely 13A @ 12V (156W) should be enough to power a 69W TPD processor.

I even tried disconnecting all the drives to leave as much power to the CPU as possible, to no avail...

And on top of that I've seen loads of posts from people having upgraded to 1230s, 1240s and even 1270s with no mentions of upgrading the PSU.

 

I'm running the lastest BIOS (2018.05.21) along with upgraded cooling (Akasa K25), so those shouldn't be the reason either.

 

Has anyone ever heard of this before?

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Highly doubt the psu is at fault here.

The specific error poins to ram. Or (by extension) the memory controller, which is part of the cpu!

Do you still have the original cpu? Replace the xeon and retest the server if you can. Should be the easiest way to rule out bad components.

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3 minutes ago, richu75 said:

Do you still have the original cpu? Replace the xeon and retest the server if you can. Should be the easiest way to rule out bad components.

 

Yes, I've put the original E3-1265L v2 back in and gave it a run in Memtest. After roughly 1h 15m it completed a full pass with 0 errors, whereas the E3-1240 v2 always fails and reboots at test #6, roughly 5 min into the pass.

 

I'm going to try the presumably faulty E3-1240 v2 in another system and see if I run into the same issue.

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That's my belief as well, unfortunately.

The seller claims it'll work flawlessly in another system, so I'll have to give his claim a shot, even though it sounds implausible.

Will get back once I've tried it in another system.

 

Thanks!

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This is starting to get weird now...

 

My mate tested it in his Ivy Bridge-based Dell workstation and it worked flawlessly...

One pass in Memtest with 0 errors and it booted his Windows-install without any issue.

The seller was right after all.

 

Next step is putting it back in my Gen8 and trying it out with another PSU.

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Ask the seller, what other system he tried it in? He may have popped it in a socket 1155 desktop motherboard without ECC memory. The memory issue may be related to the memory controller handling ECC memory. In your test did the Dell workstaion have ECC memory?

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10 hours ago, schoondoggy said:

Ask the seller, what other system he tried it in? He may have popped it in a socket 1155 desktop motherboard without ECC memory. The memory issue may be related to the memory controller handling ECC memory. In your test did the Dell workstaion have ECC memory?

 

Turns out it was non-ECC memory in the system my mate tried it in where he got it to work, so you seem to be spot-on.

 

In fact, I just tried it again in my Gen8 with a different PSU and got the exact same results.

I.e. the CPU works in a non-ECC system but fails in an ECC-system, so everything points to a bad memory controller in the CPU, as you said.

 

Now I'll just have to hope the seller accepts a return...

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