Misadventure and recovery with a Tyan s7012

Discussion in 'Processors and Motherboards' started by Dave Henderson, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Dave Henderson

    Dave Henderson New Member

    Dec 18, 2017
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    Phew, that was a close thing.
    Bought an old-tech server board last week, a Tyan s7012 and promptly bricked it, which was a bit awkward as it had arrived brand-new in box already populated for a workstation build. Looks like it was originally intended for a Lenovo, with a pair of Xeon X5670s and 48GB of memory, which then became surplus to requirements as the newer models came out. Dirt cheap, too. I suspect I may have got lucky as the surplus seller cleared out the last of his stock.
    After a couple of days of head-scratching, cursing and general weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth, I fixed it. Well, I'm not sure I actually did, but it works now. There's an undocumented blue jumper (J49) which I moved, and I suspect it might be BIOS recovery related. Nothing to lose at that point anyway, so gave it a shot, having tried everything else.
    Much mashing of Delete and F1 ensued and I was rewarded with a boot screen.

    It's now running a trial stick of USB Mint to give it a bit of a workout and when a new SSD arrives I'll have it BOINCing for a few days to assess how noisy it is with these workstation fans.
    Lesson #1: never pick up a USB stick and blindly insert it without checking what is actually on it. Instead of Mint, it had a bios for a Supermicro board, which pretty much screwed over this one. It shouldn't have read it without a prompt, but meh. That's the only thing I can think of that might have caused it to go awry, because the previous evening it was happily running for hours with the BIOS screen up while I kept an eye on the temps, etc.

    Tyan on dsktop 03.jpg
    Rather usefully, Supermicro IPMI View works with it, too.
    Tyan on dsktop 04.jpg
  2. Fritz

    Fritz Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2015
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    Wow, that sounds like something I would do. :confused:
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