Aug 202011

I found a job in a different part of the state, a really good job, I call it a dream job, but that is another story. To do the job I moved, powered off the HP Pavilion (model m9000t) and then went to set it up at the new home, and nothing! No fan pulses upon connecting the power cable, only a green light in the back. I Checked the power cable for proper amps, plugged in different power outlets, no change. Power on switch simply is unresponsive. Then I went out and did some research, other Pavilion owners have had this same nightmare. Some blog replies suggested it might be a bad power supply, some complainants said that Geek Squad (I would never contact them, I always solve it myself or build-or-buy something else) wanted $120+ or so the run diags (diagnostics) and then replace the PSU (Power Supply Unit), and then someone mentioned removing the RAM (Random Access Memory), and trying the power up process. Sounded just odd enough to be feasible.

I unplugged the power cable, and removed all four 2x2GB Corsair RAM chips (laying then carefully on a piece of paper in the order and orientation in which they were removed) and plugged in the power cable, and clicked the power button five times… no reason for the five clicks and probably not significant, waited 30 seconds and the fans came on! Then the beeps, which also really good news, because it means that the PSU was supplying power to the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) and BIOS was sensing a lack of RAM and complaining about it, the system was functioning.

Now I’ll need to hook up the video, keyboard and mouse, and discover why it did not rejoin my wireless home network, but the power is on and that is REALLY good!

Originally this was a Vista box that came with Windows Vista Ultimate, but I retasked it with 8GB RAM and ESXi (community version) then an instance of OpenSolaris, an instance of Small Business Server 2008, and and instance of Windows 2008 R2 Standrad, running SQL server 2008 R2.  A far, far better utilization of the resource.  Whatsmore, the EXSi unit attaches wirelessly to my Mac baseed Airpot Extreme home network, where my MacBookPro runs MacFusion and an instance of Windows 7 Pro and from there I manage the EXSi instances using the VMware VSpere client.  But still I have the superior OS X environment for my day to day activities.

I am one of those Mac enthusiasts who uses Mac at home, but earns a living supporting Windows environments: Techgoat grazes in many pastures, and the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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