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TS130 Repeatedly Crashes After 1 1/2 Year. Passed Lenovo Solution Center Test

2014-02-26, 0:25 AM

My TS130 has the simplest configuration, with only 8 + 4 GB RAM, one 500 GB SATA HDD.

After I bought this server, I used it for one and half year without any problem, running CentOS 6.4. Recently it repeatedly crashes, on average once every two days.

I have tried CentOS 6.5, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and now Windows 8.1. The problem is the same, system freezing or automatic reboot.

 

I tested the RAM and HDD with Bios MemTest and Ubuntu's SMART DATA. Now I tested the system again with Lenovo Solution Center under Windows 8.1.

Here are the test result:

 

Memory Advanced integrity testPassed
PCI Express Status TestPassed
Storage Devices Diagnostics
SMART status testPassed
Targeted read testPassed
Random seek testPassed
Funnel seek testPassed
SMART short self-testPassed
SMART drive self-testWarning

 

Any help will be appreciated.

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Re: Most likely due to Kingston Memory gone bad after half a year

2014-03-03, 18:15 PM
Ah! Kingston memory will definitely cause your system to crash. Kingston memory does NOT work properly with any Lenovo system and is the cause for the crashing.
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Re: TS130 Repeatedly Crashes After 1 1/2 Year. Passed Lenovo Solution Center Test

2014-03-03, 12:22 PM

Hello,

 

Have you made any recent changes (firmware, driver, bios, etc.) to the machine recently?  Was anything at all changed on the machine?  Any software added, etc.?  It should also be noted that CentOS / Ubuntu / Windows 8.1 are not officially supported operating systems for the TS130.  Any updates in software / firmware / drivers, etc. could lead to this issue.  If you are still experiencing trouble, I advise you to contact our support department for further assistance:  http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/feedback/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-76613

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Most likely due to Kingston Memory gone bad after half a year

2014-03-03, 18:10 PM

Thank Lenovo staff "I_am_Nivek" offering help.

 

Out of desperation, I pulled out the Kingston 8G Memory that had been running flawlessly for more than half an year, leaving only the Hynix 4G memory installed at the factory. Now the machine seems to be much more stable. I will keep counting the number of days it does not crash. Now I have a feeling that mostly likely the crash is caused by the degenerating Kingston 8G memory.
It also occurred to me that I repeatedly run MemTest under different OSes. Once overnight under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. MemTest failed to detect any problem.
I am contacting Kingston to carry out the lifetime warranty on its RAM.

 

It is good to know that Lenovo TS130 can be stable under CentOS, Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and perhaps many other operating system. 

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Re: Most likely due to Kingston Memory gone bad after half a year

2014-03-03, 18:15 PM
Ah! Kingston memory will definitely cause your system to crash. Kingston memory does NOT work properly with any Lenovo system and is the cause for the crashing.

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I_am_Nivek, please elaborate on RAM Compatible with TS130

2014-03-03, 18:35 PM

Hi,

I bought that Kingston 8G RAM on May 2013. It runs flawlessly for half an year. Otherwise, I would have returned it immediately and got  a refund within the first month.

Before I always bought desktop RAM from crucial. But I have used a lot of Kingston memory for digital cameras, so I was willing to try their server memory.

The problem that still puzzles me is that Kingston RAM worked for half an year, continuously day and night under heavy load. Even now it can pass overnight MemTest runs. It is very difficult for me to imagine it is caused by design and manufacturing, rather than general degeneration.

 

As a side note, my HP laptop also went dead after 3 years. I simply opened the case, pulled out 1 bank of RAM out of the 2 installed by factory, and the HP laptop went working again. So RAM chips did gone bad after use.

 

Looking forward to hearing more insight and opinion from I_am_Nivek

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Re: I_am_Nivek, please elaborate on RAM Compatible with TS130

2014-03-03, 19:09 PM

It is puzzling that the system worked fine for a little while, but I'm surprised it worked at all and that you didn't see the problem sooner.  Kingston memory is not tested nor qualified to work on our systems.   

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Update: Hard drive, OS, Kingston add-on RAM Test OK on Dell T20 Server

2014-07-20, 17:47 PM

I bought a Dell Tower server T20. I took off from my Lenovo TS130 the RAID-1 3 TB disks with Windows 8.1 installation, as well as the 8 GB Kingston RAM. I installed these parts on Dell T20. I was pleasantly surprised that the RAID disks with Windows OS and many other installed programms booted up correctly and worked perfected on Dell T20, without me doing anything to adjust the change from Lenovo TS130 to Dell T20.

Now the Dell T20 system has been working flawlessly for several months.

As I stated before in this topic, I have experimented with all kinds of possible combinations of RAM, hard drive, and OS on TS130, and still had random shut-down problem. Now I sadly reached the conclusion that it is very likely that my Lenovo TS130 developed some subtle problem on power supply or motherboard after 1 and 1/2 years of continuous use.

It is good to use that Dell T20, with dual core CPU, is compatible with Lenovo TS130 in terms of motherboard-controlled RAID disks and Windows installation.

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