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When Servers Explode

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the smash-it-up dept.

Hardware 142

1sockchuck writes "Have you ever lost your patience with a server? We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally blow up a server, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video. The Gallery of Exploding Servers documents the sometimes incendiary relationship between man and machine. Those who prefer a kinder, gentler disposition may prefer the guide to Flying and Crashing Servers."

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p1st (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26918719)

First post to kick the crap out of a server

Re:p1st (1)

jetsci (1470207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919061)

"When good servers good bad!" And really, most of those were quiet disappointing. The Mythbusters need to blow some servers up....to debunk...the...kettle is black myth....?

It happens sometimes (4, Funny)

greg_barton (5551) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918733)

Servers just explode. Natural causes.

Re:It happens sometimes (2, Funny)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918973)

Just like when people spontaneously combust... perfectly natural...

It happened to me (5, Interesting)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919159)

I used to admin this rickety old voicemail system which had been set up (by someone else, mind you) on a generic ("white box") DOS PC with a million cards sticking out of it.

One day, I came in to the office to complaints that the voicemail was down. I found the machine unresponsive, so rebooted it. I suspected the drive wasn't spinning because I didn't hear much sound coming from it. Due to loud noise in the closet, I held my ear to the box to listen better.

As I set my head against the server, the true problem became painfully evident... the cooling fan had stopped spinning, the PC had completely overheated, and it chose that moment for the power supply to literally explode from the heat. A plume of pure white smoke came out with a loud popping sound... My ear was ringing for hours afterward.

OK, so it didn't actually tear apart into tiny pieces, but it did effectively blow up.

Re:It happened to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920175)

Inter-Tel Axxessory Talk?

Re:It happens sometimes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919185)

Toilet seats.

Re:It happens sometimes (4, Funny)

jetsci (1470207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919209)

Servers just explode. Natural causes.

Psst....you're doing it wrong...

Re:It happens sometimes (1)

a dark blue (916158) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920293)

Yes, just like some object just fall to some wall.

Re:It happens sometimes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920781)

I one took a misbehaving server out into the road and drove over it with a large tractor until it was flat, then threw it in the trash, in full view of its replacement. The replacement ran for five years and never did the least thing wrong.

Re:It happens sometimes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26921485)

That's the way to do it: gotta keep 'em scared. You can also try putting an old, beaten (by you) machine in the room in front of the racks, to serve as an example to the others.

Re:It happens sometimes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26921831)

It is also completely natural to think about your breathing

Yeah, I guess we all stole something today. (5, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918757)

No. I stole something else.

Re:Yeah, I guess we all stole something today. (2, Funny)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919023)

No. I stole something else.

Like the websites bandwidth? Slashdotted already. (And yes, I get the reference.)

Re:Yeah, I guess we all stole something today. (2, Funny)

doti (966971) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919353)

Stole your working time, by posting here?

Re:Yeah, I guess we all stole something today. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919883)

Peter gibbins you are a BAD Man

Re:Yeah, I guess we all stole something today. (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920313)

And I am an excellent thief. I have a 95% Hide In Shadows.

Snow crashes? (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918777)

Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash [amazon.com] was named after a supposed phenomenon of the early days of computing where a failure was so bad that the display device went berserk and showed only television-style static. Is this kind of crash real or apocryphal? It does seem unlikely.

Re:Snow crashes? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26918847)

Is this kind of crash real or apocryphal?

I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Re:Snow crashes? (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918897)

Apocryphal from Merriam-Webster Online: " of doubtful authenticity : spurious". What's the problem?

Re:Snow crashes? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26918989)

You're a fag, that's what the problem is.

Re:Snow crashes? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920417)

CRCulver is a junior boy who acts or has acted as a servant ("Fagging") to a senior boy at a British independent school? What does that have to do with exploding servers?

Re:Snow crashes? (5, Informative)

atomicthumbs (824207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918891)

It was real. Sometimes programs would lose their minds and write all over the video memory.

Re:Snow crashes? (2, Funny)

telchine (719345) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919021)

Sometimes programs would lose their minds.

Don't do that Dave.

Re:Snow crashes? (1)

catpurr (1481991) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919017)

Real, video memory was (and still is without OS) writeable just like any memory. When an application went berserk writing into memory, you got garbadge on your screen. today the application simply segfaults in the same condition.

Re:Snow crashes? (2, Informative)

hummassa (157160) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919589)

In the old days, when we liked to have an onion in our belts, because it was fashionable than, the Z-80 processor that drove our computer was the same that drove the video, i.e., took the bytes from the video memory and generated the corresponding image in the CRT. So, if you crashed the processor very badly, and it stopped responding to video interrupts, then your image generator could go "out". If it was connected to an RF generator (which was also fashionable at the day), it could turn that off also, and then, sshskhskhkshshskhsk no RF on channel 3/4, snow snow snow noise noise noise.

where's the c-4? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26918819)

if its not loaded with c-4, it will never be a good explosion.

Re:where's the c-4? (1)

BrianRoach (614397) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918995)

Last video on the page. And it IS impressive.

Murphy's LOL (1)

bigdaddyhame (623739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918947)

I believe the correct phrasing should be, "When Servers Asplode."

Re:Murphy's LOL (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920627)

[Second page, movie one] -> "Now thÃts CLOUD COMPUTING!!!"

I laughed my ass off XD

Where there some dells that had bad caps that burn (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918949)

Where there some dells that had bad caps that burned down?

Re:Where there some dells that had bad caps that b (1)

Average (648) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919033)

Sure there were. I had some PowerEdge 1Us do that (1650??). BANG and smokesmell (not much actual smoke) is *never* your friend in the server room.

Re:Where there some dells that had bad caps that b (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920639)

In 2008, I bought a lot of 10 computers off of ebay for a couple bucks. They were old PIII computers. I was testing one of them with the sides off to see if it worked. I was poking around in the BIOS and all seemed to be good. Then, the Air Conditioning kicked on dimming the lights in the room. The power supply had sparks shooting out the side of it. I never reached so fast to unplug something in my life. Since I had the sides off of the tower, it was a rather spectacular display.

I later took the power supply apart and found a cap that was melted. I assume the reverse current from the AC drawing that much power must have melted it.

There is this mentality at work that a bug in code is often refered to as "The server blew up". I think this is the only time I have witnessed an actual computer blowing up.

freak3dot

A Little Late to the Game (4, Funny)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#26918977)

I was tossing decommissioned servers off the roof of my work back in 2000 and 2001. We just didn't have a Youtube to show off on.

There aren't many things (you can do at work) that are as satisfying as throwing an NT box off a roof...

Re:A Little Late to the Game (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919245)

There aren't many things (you can do at work) that are as satisfying as throwing an NT box off a roof...

Sure there are: Throwing the boss that made you get an NT box in the first place off a roof ...

Re:A Little Late to the Game (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920553)

My boss and I at a previous job tossed over 50 old WYSE dummy terminals (that had been sitting in a back room for years) in to a long dumpster to free up storage space. Shot putting old terminals was a great work out, made spectacular shattering noises, and made for great sport seeing who could toss them the furthest. Yes, the dumpster was marked for hazardous waste disposal, before anyone asks.

Whole company shoulda been marked for hazardous waste disposal too, but that's another story.

Re:A Little Late to the Game (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919379)

Beating the crap out of a fax machine with a bat?

Re:A Little Late to the Game (2, Funny)

ddusza (775603) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920577)

"Damn it feels good to be a gansta"

Re:A Little Late to the Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919543)

Funny thing is.. people always boast about how Linux can run so quickly on an old server that was running Windows very slowly - which I completely agree with - but when people are throwing these servers off the roof, what are they thinking? How about making use of them some other way? Wouldn't it be much more satisfying to run Linux than destroying the server?

Re:A Little Late to the Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919907)

I think it would more satisfying to throw the linux zealot off the roof WITH the server...

Re:A Little Late to the Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919727)

in the first computer I ever built, I accidentally grounded the motherboard to the (metal) chassis by not using the mobo's included spacer screws (how the hell was I supposed to know what those things were for?). When I tried to power it up, it shot sparks out of the back of the power supply. Amazingly the only damaged component was the PSU. I got a scrap one for US$5. I'm not sure if it was related, but the 200G Seagate HD (US$100 at the time) died a few weeks later.

Re:A Little Late to the Game (1)

theotherbastard (939373) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919879)

Throwing a novell box off a roof?

Re:A Little Late to the Game (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920083)

Throwing a A href="http://www.etypewriters.com/mag-card-II.JPG">Mag Card off the roof.

Magnificent.

Re:A Little Late to the Game (5, Funny)

ElmoGonzo (627753) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920995)

The J Geils Band perfected this concept long ago and were so detail-oriented that when throwing TV's out of hotel room windows they made sure the extension cord was long enough to reach the ground because it was important that the TV be ON when it hit so that it could experience the terror all the way down.

Never blown up a server... (5, Funny)

AmazingRuss (555076) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919007)

...but I've taken two printers out in the driveway and smashed the living crap out of them.

My new neighbor saw the second one...I was swinging it over my head by the power cord screaming "DIE YOU PIECE OF SHIT" when she came up with a mis-delivered package, and got to watch it shatter into a million pieces when I slammed it into the retaining wall.

She's still scared of me.

Re:Never blown up a server... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920163)

Glad I'm not your neighbor.

Maybe you should consider some high blood pressure medication.

Re:Never blown up a server... (1)

kilodelta (843627) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920289)

My old Lexmark 1100 printer met with that fate. Thrown out a third story window into a parking lot. Then of course when my Epson 880 died I harvested parts and then dumpstered it.

Re:Never blown up a server... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920503)

Did it say 'PC LOAD LETTER'?

Fight fire with fire? (1)

StaticEngine (135635) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919039)

By linking these pages on Slashdot, aren't we just adding to the cruelty against server-kind?

Re:Fight fire with fire? (3, Funny)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919063)

It's slashdotted already, so it looks like we've ironically exploded one hosting a gallery of exploding servers. Or maybe it just got depressed and offed itself.

Fastest /. ever? (1)

hendrix2k (1099161) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919051)

I think we just exploded their servers.

I LOVE when things go Kablooie! (1)

Chas (5144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919153)

Yup! Server: DEAD!

Linked servers victims ? (1)

ProfMobius (1313701) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919089)

By the time it take to get the linked webpages, i think we manage to explode (or slashploder ?) 2 more servers from distance.

A local woman who shot her computer (1)

Rick17JJ (744063) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919105)

I know of a local woman, here in Northern Arizona, who shot her home computer a few years ago, because she was so frustrated with it. The couple who was her landlord also lived on the property and kicked her out shortly afterwards.

Raidcontroller (1)

catpurr (1481991) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919111)

I remember a raidcontroller in my office beaping for 2 or 3 weeks because one harddisc was defective and replacement unavailable. If I would have had a bazooka, it would have exploded.

Re:Raidcontroller (1)

fracai (796392) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919203)

You mean, "If you had a rocket launcher, you'd have made that server pay"?

Re:Raidcontroller (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919281)

I remember a raidcontroller in my office beaping for 2 or 3 weeks because one harddisc was defective and replacement unavailable. If I would have had a bazooka, it would have exploded.

I can sympathize, I have the same situation going on now. On this system however, it's not a defective drive just a crappy ass adaptec scsi raid controller that will periodically "lose" one of the drives in the raid array. it has enough spares that it will keep running but it has this maddening continuous beeeeeep that will drive a person insane if forced to listen to it for more than a few minutes.

the only way to fix it is to go into the controller's setup and rebuild the array. the database admin is the only person permitted to physically touch this system as it's running an oracle database on it. I did my job I reported the problem, and yet here the SOB still sits 2 weeks later still beeping. I'd like to take a sledgehammer to it

 

Re:Raidcontroller (2, Funny)

hummassa (157160) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919637)

use one of these [fiftythree.org] when nobody else is watching. Problem solved.

my ISP once had servers exploded.. (2, Interesting)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919167)

That was many years ago when we used dial-up connection over phone line. One day we just couldn't get connected and I asked around neighbors, who couldn't either. Later the in the local TV news it was revealed the ISP's server room exploded...

Still worth viewing! (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919179)

In one clip, the guys were looking at the charred innards of their server, and while it was still smoking. one of the guys asks, "Did you get a backup?" THAT was too funny!

I guess it qualifies as a server (3, Funny)

JesseL (107722) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919183)

This was a single board computer that I determined was unrepairable:

Before [bls-inc.com]

During [photobucket.com]

After [bls-inc.com]

I love Tannerite.

Connection interrupted on the link.. (1)

Mhtsos (586325) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919237)

Can't get the site. I hope it's me and the site is not slashdotted, because if it's hit by THIS article the server hosting it might actually explode!

Article down (1)

jason777 (557591) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919253)

Add one more to the list!

Poor monitors (1)

NonUniqueNickname (1459477) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919289)

I feel bad when people take it out on a monitor, it's rarely the monitor's fault.

Re:Poor monitors (1)

Trent Hawkins (1093109) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920287)

I feel bad when people take it out on a monitor, it's rarely the monitor's fault.

sure, worry about the monitors... no one ever thinks of the fish.

Those poor fish, they never stood a chance.

When Servers Explode: Two Words (3, Funny)

adh72 (1161643) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919329)

Woot Off

God did it. (4, Interesting)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919337)

I used to work for a small ISP and we had several servers explode. And one melt. We took a direct lightning strike. This storm appeared out of nowhere, two of us were on the phone (because most customers did not have their PCs plugged in during this weather) and then BANG!

My co-worker's phone began to smoke and slowly warped over 10 minutes. My phone was unresponsive and I couldn't hear anything out of my left ear for three hours.

Oddly enough there was no structural damage to the building. It took out our mail and radius servers and a few other boxes.

Re:God did it. (2, Interesting)

Skapare (16644) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919777)

This happened where I worked a LONG time ago. It took out about 50 modems, 3 communications multiplexers, and 1 mainframe computer.

Re:God did it. (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920393)

In the mid 1980s, we had cable TV with bad grounding, sparks would jump from the tuner box to the TV and back when lightning would strike up to several miles to the north - was kinda cool, because you'd hear the arcing before the thunder - if the curtains were open you could see that the arcing happened in sync with the strikes (seemed delayed by a fraction of a second, capacitance in the line, I guess.)

Never had the big boom take out electronics on me, though last year we had a 50' oak tree 40' from the house take a strike that turned 1/3 of the trunk into splinters 8 and 9 feet long, some of which were shot across the yard 20' or so. Every computer in the house was on, none of them even blinked, that we could tell at least, the white flash coming in the windows was more than a little dazzling.

Re:God did it. (1)

altek (119814) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920789)

Did you see what GOD just did to us man?!?!!??!!!!!!

iPhone crashes, software crashes, not much else... (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919373)

You know I have had my iPhone crash when someoned called, I had iTunes delete all my music, I had Vista crash on my Dell laptop a hundred times! But hardware failure not so much. I now use Ubuntu Linux on my laptop and I will be fundraising for iPhone Linux. I think open source will help me with my problems and I hope it will help other with hardware problems.

Re:iPhone crashes, software crashes, not much else (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919719)

Probably a troll, but I'll bite.

Many of those crashes were hardware related. It's a dirty little secret in the computer industry, but none of the chips really work as documented. The BIOS tunes the chips until they work well enough to boot windows, and then assume Microsoft will get the blame.

Windows crashes so much more often than the hardware, that everyone always blames the software. If Windows ever did work well, it would still crash because the hardware didn't work, and Microsoft would still take the blame.

Re:iPhone crashes, software crashes, not much else (1)

lord_sarpedon (917201) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920145)

Consumer hardware is pants. Bits flip and stuff randomly breaks - sometimes one leads to the other. It's a miracle that this messaË even reaches you at allËÎÏ

Re:iPhone crashes, software crashes, not much else (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 5 years ago | (#26921015)

It's true, but I will say that there is something to be said about good software, using the iPhone we see how much software alone can do with just a touch screen and Internet, and cell phone connection! I think should be a focus on software improvement just like there is in hardware improvement and that, I beleive will only happen in Linux, or what Apple takes from the OSS community.

Number 1 Rule when Dealing with Servers (2, Funny)

srussia (884021) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919533)

Be nice to whoever is handling your food!

did that over 15 years ago (1)

Gunstick (312804) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919691)

Hey

my site (just pictures) has been online for 15 years.

http://www.cpu.lu/~gkes/pcrepair/ [www.cpu.lu]

Funny enough it is always on the fist links in google when searching "how to repair a pc" :-)

Re:did that over 15 years ago (1)

theredshoes (1308621) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919965)

Cool! One PC less on earth. Life is again worth living!
That was funny, I like the chainsaw part. You should put this on the shared drive at work before you leave for a better job since in the other article people are talking about documenting procedures and not wanting to because they are thinking about job security.

12470 volts (1)

Skapare (16644) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919735)

I wanted to blow up my Windows server by feeding it with 12470 volts. But I think Microsoft is in bed with the power company because they refused my request to connect directly to the 12470 volt wires up on the pole.

Re:12470 volts (1)

rHBa (976986) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920941)

Do you live near a railway line? Preferably one with a 'live rail' rather than overhead cables.

Exploded by /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26919741)

Ok, who exploded the gallery of exploded servers?

1sockchuck to the back of the line! (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919759)

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally blow up a server, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally pop a baloon, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally eat a sandwich, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally pop a wheelie, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally chop down a tree, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally fall down stairs, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally sing a song, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally fire a gun, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally kick a cat, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally discuss politics, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally have sex, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally jump on a trampoline, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally sail a boat, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video.

etc.

The SlashDot rolls on... (1)

edwartr (1182951) | more than 5 years ago | (#26919867)

Still down. Oh we of the great /.! We salute you! Another one bites the dust.

New Fox Specials (1)

Hordeking (1237940) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920007)

Just for reference

  • When Servers Explode
  • When Good Servers Go Bad
  • Servers Gone Wild
  • World's Dumbest Servers
  • World's Scariest Server Explosions
  • Gone In Seconds: Servers
  • When Servers Attack (Due out in 2012)

Tears and gives kudos (1)

Patchw0rk F0g (663145) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920155)

Now, I've never blown up a server... but I've met several that deserved it.

I'm indebted to those that posted here, and heartily, if tearfully, thank them. That made my day.

.

Now, can we do something about the Canadian government? I know they're supposed to "serve" us, but look at the track record. Our politicians have only twenty digits. Ancient MIT devices parsing primes could do better back in the eighties. Please, please! Send up an Obama replacement for our "server," and we won't nuke it!

.

After your President leaves today, of course... :-)

How Not to be Seen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920263)

This demonstrates the advantages of not being seen.

Machine vs Machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920325)

The exploded servers just exploted the servers...

Deja Fark (1)

Kolie (1012967) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920413)

I totally just did a double take when it said only 6 comments,then I realized its not news, its idle.

Fish (1)

DigitalJer (1132981) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920513)

...lmao! the fish-flying-into-the-new-tank analogy slays me

A server is just a tool (1)

vorlich (972710) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920519)

In any DTP class at least one student would declare that either they hated computers or computers hated them.
"But dear student it is just a hunk of plastic and metal, it honestly harbours no feelings for you neither good nor bad."
This was in a room where six imacs were set to giggle randomly.

The One And Only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26920567)

EtherKiller [fiftythree.org]

Letting the magic smoke out of electronics since 1992.

Flaming Printer (2, Informative)

cbuskirk (99904) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920581)

Never had a server explode on me but I did get a call once 10 years ago when I was working tech support at a University from a scared professor about a his printer smoking. I told him to unplug it and laughed thinking it was the usual type of user hysterics. I smell a little bit of burnt plastic thinking maybe there was some plastic left from when the printer was packed up by the manufacturer. I plug it in and right as it starts up its print head check flames start shooting up out of the back of the printer. I quickly extinguished it but looking around we really dodged a bullet. This printer was networked, and sitting on top of a large stack of student papers. The entire room was some college professor cliche with dozens of massive stacks of paper in this tiny 6x6 office. One unattended network print and the entire office goes up in flames in less than a minute.

How happy I am (0, Flamebait)

daMosh (1087921) | more than 5 years ago | (#26920679)

:') That brought a tear to my eye... Reminded me of me dear ol' 486 DX2, right before we loaded it full of pyrodex and lit the fuse... Ah, fond memories are all I have of that old box. And a scrap of motherboard I was able to find about thirty meters away!

This is how we do it in Sweden (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26921209)

When a server is causing too much downtime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCY5IiJZQb8

Flames (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 5 years ago | (#26921311)

The closest I've come to a pc self-exploding is only partial self-combustion:
One power-supply: ...that lit the wall up with pretty lights and turned out to be full of disconnected black pieces when I opened it. The fuse in the power cord (5A@240V) blew, meaning more than double the PSU's rating had flown through it. I'm surprised the motherboard survived, let alone everything else in the case.
One motherboard with optional power-stabilization add-in-card: ...which wasn't itself stable, and fell out. Followed by a loud *crack* from the motherboard's own power circuits, seeing flames through the window my pc had in the side at the time, and needing to replace the cpu, gfx card, and mobo. If I'd had any pci cards they'd probably have died too. Thankfully my drives survived.
One cpu: ...which didn't have the cooler on properly, was about 150W, and didn't have temp throttling. The spacer pads in the corners crackled as they melted, then the core went *bang* and the pc turned itself off. I was in the bios at the time, just got to the sensors page, first time I'd seen a 3 digit temp on there...

I've also lost two more psus, two more cpus, and a graphics card or two to apparently random unspectacular failure.

And that's only my home systems!

Professional server killing (1)

Schnomp (711462) | more than 5 years ago | (#26921351)

The guys at http://www.nohardware.com/ [nohardware.com] have some serious knowledge on how to destroy some servers... However, it's an ad, so these guys are probably simply paid to kill that old pile of junk. Still, for me (as a good ole weapons-hating european pacifist) it's more or less the only example for allowing every goon to cary around some serious firepower. Schnomp.

007 - The Man with the Expoding Servers (1)

barwasp (1116567) | more than 5 years ago | (#26921389)

I have never really understood the exploding computers in Bond movies. Thus, when the slashdotted TFA-site revitalizes itself, I am sure it will host a great gallery of Sean Connery and Roger Moore blowing up mountains and sinking ocean-liners just by shooting at any computer.

Exploding components (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26921461)

Once I was using compressed air to blow out the dust from a Sequent Symmetry SE60. All the power supplies started sucking in the dusty air and going sparkle-BANG-dark. That sucked.

DEFENESTRATION (1)

wastedlife (1319259) | more than 5 years ago | (#26921579)

Whenever I get frustrated with a piece of electronics, I defenestrate [wikipedia.org] like mad and feel much better afterward. Just don't do it too much or you might go blind.

Rubbish! (1)

1s44c (552956) | more than 5 years ago | (#26921911)

I want to see movies and pictures of servers blowing up. That site it just two pages of text squeezed between adverts.

Are server internals flying all over the place and a little fire too much to ask for?

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