Extended TPU server outage in the near future
Saturday, April 21 2012 @ 09:50 AM PST
Contributed by: Jeff Rivett (site admin)
At the time, it looked to me like the heatsink had never been attached properly and had simply been held in place by a large bundle of wires nearby. Some web research revealed that this particular motherboard has a design flaw whereby the loops on the motherboard are made from a material that doesn't hold solder very well. The result is that after a lot of heating/cooling cycles, the clips tend to pop out.
Meanwhile, I left the heatsink off and fired up the server again. It doesn't seem to be having any overheating problems, but I want to reinstall that heatsink as soon as possible. Although running the Battlefield 1942 server software doesn't really put much of a strain on the server, I just don't think it's a good idea to run it like this.
I have a solution to the heatsink attachment problem, but it will involve taking the server off-line for up to an hour. This has to be done while I'm awake (for obvious reasons) but I want to avoid interfering with TPU players as much as possible. So here's a question (answer in the comments): what do you think would be the best time to take the server off-line for an hour? Make sure you include time zone in your reply. My 'awake' hours are typically 5am to 9pm PST (yes, I know, I'm weird).