Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:07 PM
Hello, folks, a hearty ALOHA! from Hawaii. I am a reluctant system builder, forced into it by a past pro system builder who charged me a lot of money for a high end system, delivered it in incessantly buggy condition, renegged on his support commitment, and left me hanging. Another pro determined that the motherboard and other components were minimum cost and incapable of supporting the high end demands in the original system specifications. Burned badly, I began learning about hardware, drivers, and the installation/configuration process. Since then (12-13 years ago), I've maintained/rebuilt several PC systems with varying capabilities. Presently, I use what will become my backup system, built on a SuperMicro server motherboard with two Pentium IV processors, running under Windows XP. I'm building a far more capable workstation that will have 3D capability (I am in the construction business...but might try a game or two), built upon a SuperMicro dual AMD quad core Opteron motherboard, enclosed in a SuperMicro chassis, with 8 hot swap SAS/SATA HDD bays. I will start with four paired SAS drives and two paired SATA drives, configured as RAID 1 (I'm pretty sure) arrays. The workstation gets attention as time and inclination is available; last year there wasn't much of either, and I discovered the system wouldn't power up after sitting for 4-5 months. Sent in the power supply under RMA; they sent me a new one, I installed it, got busy again, and just recently returned to next steps. Got all stuff hooked up, tried to power up...DEAD! Removed the ATI FireGL V8600 graphics adapter, pushed the power button, and the system came alive! Now the graphics adapter is back at ATI on an RMA for repair. Assuming all will work properly when it comes back, the next step is to configure the hardware and install the operating system (64-bit Vista, bought before Windows 7 was released...sob). I have never tried RAID setup and maintenance before, and am feeling a little apprehensive that I may have taken a bigger bite than I can chew comfortably. We'll see. If I get stuck, I hope there will be effective information and other help available here.