[rescue] 280R questions

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Fri Dec 15 05:32:35 CST 2006

On Fri, 15 Dec 2006, Bill Bradford wrote:

> I had a pair of 280Rs with dual 750s.
> They were POSESSED.  CURSED.  I expected them to start spewing pea
> soup out the Ethernet ports.
> Sun Service replaced everything in them but the chassis metal/plastic,
> power supplies (which tested fine), and hard drives.  Some parts like
> RAM and CPUs were replaced MULTIPLE TIMES.
> They would STILL randomly panic, hang, reboot, etc.

I have the same experience with two or three Blade 1000 systems at $ork.
They're split between 750MHz and 900MHz systems.  One of the 900Mhz
systems even has copper CPUs, so it's just that the whole platform is

> I repeat, we replaced everything but the chassis, hard drives, and
> power supplies, and they were still unstable as hell (this is after 2+
> years of flawless operation).

Exactly.  We've been through numerous CPUs (although three of them were
due to a MADDENING experience with a Northrup Grumman tech), some number
of system boards, amd I-forget-how-many-CPUs.  They also love to eat

They'd be -wonderful- machines (fast, FC on the motherboard, USB, UPA
and PCI64) if they weren't such money sinks.

> Ended up replacing them with a pair of 1.8Ghz P4 1U rackmount boxes
> running CentOS 3.  Other than a dead CPU heatsink fan, those boxes
> have had no problems.

Ours are slowly being replaced with v210s, which are mostly stable and
trouble-free, aside from the ALOM modules bricking themselves if we tell
them to get their IPs from DHCP (Sun -still- hasn't been able to
duplicate that problem).

Jonathan Patschke  ) "Some people grow out of the petty theft of
Elgin, TX         (   childhood.  Others grow up to be CEOs and
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