7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2012 7:08 AM by Pat Sullivan RSS

Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased

mojojojo Community Member
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Firmware Current Build Version: 6.5.100.20100630.21247

Power Suply 1 & 2 Model: D73299-005

     - Output: 12.28V, 19.5A / 12.09V, 21A

     - Fan1: 5700 / 5800 rpm

     - Fan2: 5500 / 6100 rpm

     - Inlet Temp: 35 / 36 degree Celcius

     - Output: 238 / 254 W

 

My question is why the fan speed increased (first noticed due to the increased in sound level) despite of there is not any change in hardware configuration and ambient temperature change. There is no warnings or alerts shown from the panel LED's or Modular Server Control. I have not tried doing a hardware reset yet.

 

Any suggestion or insights welcome. Thanks.

  • 1. Re: Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased
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    Just want to correct my initial post: The increase fan noise actually is coming from the two rear system fans:

     

    Info indicated in the management console:

     

    - Model: D70745-403

    - 29 / 26 Degree Celcius

    - 2500 & 2700 / 2400 & 2400 rpm

  • 2. Re: Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased
    Dan_O Community Member
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    The fans will increase when there's an update being applied, or when the system is under a heavier load (more heat generated = faster fans needed).

     

    Have you checked the Event Log to see what occurred at the same time the fans ramped up?

  • 3. Re: Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased
    techpart Community Member
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    I have the same issue. Started over the past week. I have two power supplies in the MFSYS25. If I pull PS2, the fan noise is much quieter. If I install PS2, it's quiet for a few minutes, and then resumes it's high speed.

     

    The Fan Tachs on the Intel Modular Server Dashboard show within range at around 5600rpm. Middle of range, actually.

     

    I tried another spare PS in PS2 slot, same issue.

     

    I'm running the latest 6.8 firmware form July 2011.

  • 4. Re: Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased
    Dan_O Community Member
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    Anything in the Event Log that matches the time when the fans ramped?

  • 5. Re: Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased
    techpart Community Member
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    Nothing.

     

    Also, if I plug in PS3 it powers up but still shows as a fan module on the dashboard.

     

    I think a complete power cycle of the MFSYS25 is in order. Sigh.

  • 6. Re: Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased
    techpart Community Member
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    Power cycling (shutting down the modules and yanking the power cords) resolved the issue. It takes a long time to boot. During this boot process the fans go high and low. That's normal. They finished low.

  • 7. Re: Modular Server MFSYS25 - Power Supply Fan Speed Increased
    Pat Sullivan Community Member
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    Similar issue. The temp in the server room was a little high (82 deg F, but it has always been around 80 deg in that room) so I put some cooling in place and got it down to 75 deg F.  That made the following changes in measurements according to the management software (all in Celsius):

    LOCATION                         1st READING     2nd READING

    Dashboard amb.temp               25                         23

    Drives                                       29-33                    26-27

    upper rear sys fan                    29                         27

    lower rear sys fan                    27                         25

    PSU#1                                   34                         34

    PSU#2                                   35                         35

    PSU#3                                   37                         37

    PSU slot 4                              32                         32

    Chassis front IO fan                 25                         23

     

    First steps were to take the servers down.  I removed every removable component and vacuumed and/or used compressed air to clean out any fuzz.  Upon restart the system was running normally - that is the fan speed were what I expected and have experienced for the three years this system has been in service.

     

    Five days later the fan speed ramped up again.  And as another poster said-these are the rear system fans that are tach'ing around 4200-4300 rpm--normally they run at 2400-2600 rom.

     

    We are on firmware

    6.8.100.20110531.29714

     

    This is the first generation chassis.

     

    My confusion stems from the fact that this began spontaneously with no obvious cause.  We are taking down the chassis tonight to try and get the fans to reset.

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