Thank you for reply, the server was working until 3 months ago. The hardware has not changed. Answering your question, the processor was working on the server.
Try to disconnect everything like DVD and HDD. Insert one DIMM into the A1 slot and see if it boots.
I've already tried that and it didn't work, thanks.
Your RAM is the first suspect.
You can get 2GB (2x1GB) of DDR2 667MHz (aka PC2-5300F) FB-Dimm RAM for $10 on eBay. Be sure to always insert 2 sticks of memory at a time (1 in bank A & 1 in bank B). See the Intel online manual for pictures & explanations.
Intel does not support 54XX processors on the S5000VSA. However, S5000VSA motherboards of a certain revision (probably E11003-202 and later) do work with those Xeons! The revision/PBA is printed on a sticker next to the RAM slots.
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Any changes to the BIOS about the time it stopped working?
1) Processor needs to be in CPU 0 slot
2) Dimms need to be populated starting at the blue slot. (A1)
3) Check the CPU part number printed on the top of the processor.Should be SLAP2 or SLBBP.
If it starts with a Q it is an engineering sample processor and may lack BIOS support in the production BIOS.