Spare parts - always be prepared...
"I walked into my office this morning, started up my computer and went to open
a file that is stored on my sever."
"Drive not found" error...
Why having spare parts could save you a lot of time and
I look at the server and it is powered off. That is strange, it is a 24/7
server, I only power it down when I work on it or we will be gone for a week or
I power it up, it starts, after about thirty seconds, it shuts down. This is
I decide to do some of my more pressing work then realize the file I need to
update is on the server...
Arrrgghhh, like being on call and you have to go to the data center at o'dark
Two cups of coffee, pull the server out of it's storage area, set it up
on the work table, open 'er up.
Hummm, nothing jumps out at me as the problem.
Disconnect a drive power it up, it shuts down, do the same for all the
drives, same effect.
Ok, next start pulling out each add on card, USB 3 card first, nope still
Next the first Intel NIC, nope shuts down.
Next the second NIC, the fan falls off the PNY Video card, that ain't
supposed to happen.
I pull out the video card and the two little quick release pins are broken,
the fan is hanging by the wires.
Well that means the processor on the video card has been over the
temperature threshold, but for how long?
I put the card back in the computer, hold the fan so it won't get tore up or
damage something else, power it up. It comes up for about ten seconds and shuts
down. The Video card is fried. Too bad, I liked that card.
Now I have a small problem, I don't have a replacement PCIe 32 bit card. Ah,
But! I do have some old PCI cards. I dig in my box of spare parts and Volia'
there is my old stand-by Paradise VGA card.
I plug it in and power up the computer, it works, 600x400 resolution but it
Now I have to put it back together. That takes about thirty minutes to get it
back in the storage area and it is up and running.
I plan on upgrading the video card in my Tower in a little while, that video
card will go into the sever and the VGA card back in the spares box...
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This is one of the reasons why when I upgrade I keep the parts, very seldom
do I throw away a good part. (I still have three 20 GB IDE drives on a shelf...)
If you upgrade a part or do a complete upgrade on your computer or even
someone else's always keep the parts. A known good part will save you a trip or
the wait time for a new part to arrive.
If you are a tech that has spares available explain to your customer that you
have a spare part and the computer will be up and running faster if you use the
spare to make the computer operational while you either go get a new part or
This is good customer relations, when the new part comes in replace the spare
and don't charge for the fix. In the end you will have a customer for life and
it will only cost you an hour or less of your time. (Done that quite a few
Always store your "known good" spare parts in an anti static container or
it may be dead when you need it most -
ESD will kill an unprotected device...