See that thick cable on the front that goes from what looks like a draw (power module) to a tray that has a pull ring on the right handside...? Good.. that tray is 9 fans...
The plastics are as brittle as anything so you will destroy them if you take them off.. Get some plastic glue before you even start (MethylChoride is evil evil stuff and wear a mask, and there are probably much much better options expressed in these forums)...
I could have gotten pliers to crimp the fan connector for a tighter fit, but I think that was a bit difficult to manuver in there so I got some solder and tinned the ends of connector so that they were a tigher fit... Was never ever a problem again even after several years. Maybe it was my recollections but I think that I found that after making a tighter connection on a couple of fans I had a little indication of success and got more of them working and that encouraged me to continue with it.
Is this the part that you're talking about? Also, about the plastics, is the front cover the plastic that you're talking about? I was looking around and apparently they gave me two front covers
, one still wrapped up and not on the machine. Perhaps they were aware of this problem all the way back then. The professor who gave me the machine told me that it's been sitting unused for over 4 years, but that it didn't have fan trouble before, so I'm thinking a quick fix is the best bet rather than a full fan tray replacement. I'll take a closer look as soon as I can get my hands on a null-modem cable and get those diagnostics up.
Exactly that part... all those wires comming out of the fans go back to a little distribution board and I some how worked out that some were not getting a good connection so I set out to resolve that. I think I might have measured it with a multimeter with the machine switched off or something to see which ones were "good" and which didn't have a good connection... It was years ago.
All the plastics are brittle... Even the clips on what is labelled "Cap" will break.. Trust me about the fragility of all
the plastics of the desksides ... Origin 2000 and Onyx2 desksides that turn up on fleabay tend to be "naked" ie sans plastics... The plastics have been discussed many times on these very forums... using the forum search will reveal all kinds of interesting things.
Another thing that came to mind is the electricity. Right now the machine is plugged into a 240 volt outlet in our university's research center, and it's the only 240 volt outlet on campus. The manual says the 4-node unit requires at least 208 volts, but the standard in the US is 120V. I've looked online and found a transformer that claims to convert from 120V<->220/240V... is that a safe solution in a house or an apartment?
I'm going to need to remove the machine from the research center pretty soon (they want it gone, hence why they were so eager to unload it to me), and I was wondering how travel-ready it is? Can it be put (slightly diagonally tilted) in the back seat of a car, or should the components stay completely upright (in a pickup truck or a station wagon). Are the components likely to be jostled around during transit or are they pretty firmly seated?
We only have 240V in this country, so I guess its it safe enough... I get a drop down transformer if I need 110V/120V... Other than that I know nothing about living with a 120Vs grid.
My Onyx2 deskside was heavy enough not to move much from a trip from Australian National University (Canberra, ACT) to home (Sydney, NSW).
I used a station wagon because the deskside was large enough to warrant it, everything else we had to drive without hiring was too sporty and/or small to take it...
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