[rescue] Transplanting a Sun Fire V210 motherboard - PSU requirements?`

Robert Novak rnovak at indyramp.com
Tue Feb 26 02:40:03 CST 2013

Thanks. I'm mainly looking to test the boards first... I've found the
power supplies for ~$30 but if I can validate power and basic
functionality with a standard ATX power supply, that would save me a
few days.

Looks like this is actually the middle config, the newest board for
the 1ghz. Too bad they don't take 4gb dimms; I have a small stash of
4gb ddr1 ecc registered RAM that isn't turning out to be quite as
useful as I'd hoped. :)

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:13 PM,  <microcode at zoho.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 05:55:27PM -0800, Robert Novak wrote:
>> Anyone got advice on the power supply for a Sun Fire V210 server?
> Not sure what you're asking...are you asking what you can use in place of
> the standard PSU? The PSUs are available on ebay (I know, since I had to buy
> a few). I wouldn't try using anything else, given they're still available
> and a fairly critical part.
>> I have a pair of V210/V240 motherboards (375-3150-04), with 3GB RAM
>> and a pair of 1ghz processors from what the labelling says. Let's
>> assume for the sake of discussion that this is all I have, no cases,
>> drives, backplanes, power supplies, cables, because... well, this is
>> all I have.
> You need to be very careful with cooling. The mobo is checking fan speeds in
> all locations and checking temps in various places. If you don't have the
> sensors and the fans at the right speeds and temps you can expect complaints
> from OBP/ALOM. On Linux it may not matter but if you run Solaris you'll get
> constant annoying warning messages on the console until you fix whatever's
> bothering him.
>> Some initial googling suggests the 10 pin power supply connector next
>> to the 24 pin one may not be a standard PC/ATX one, but I haven't dug
>> enough yet to confirm.
> Check sunshack.org for the system engineer handbooks. They should have
> drawings. As was pointed out to me by a list member, the connectors are
> fairly standard, nothing esoteric. I need a connector for one of my PSUs
> also (the one that goes to the front card) but haven't had the time to go
> scrounge one. Looks like a bog standard ATX power connector.
>> I may try hacking up something (assuming I can get enough cooling) to
>> make them work as a cluster of some sort, or I may just throw them up
>> on eBay, but I figured I'd ask here in case anyone else had tried
>> transplanting one fo these boards before.
> The parts are definitely worth more than the servers. I would not try
> running these boards without a case since airflow and sensor placement are
> critical. You could probably do ok selling the mobos. People need RAM and
> CPUs too although the 1.0GHz is the bottom of the line.
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