Last Friday I walked into my office to find a coworker sitting at my workbench. He had a server taken apart, and was spraying parts of the mainboard with canned air about every ten seconds.
This in itself isn’t all that strange. What was strange is that he was holding the canned air upside down so that liquid came out of the can. Then, after each spray he would press the power button.
I finally figured I out what he was doing, although I hadn’t done it with anything except hard drives myself. He was freezing small pieces of the mainboard trying to find a bad chip or loose connection. After a few minutes, the server sprang to life and booted up, and he looked up at me and said “Found it”.
Then he shut the server down and took a thumbtack out of the bulletin board on the wall. I couldn’t see what he was doing, but he seemed to be very focused on it for a few more minutes. After he finished, he pressed the power button and the damn thing sprang to life again. And again after a cold boot. And again after running for an hour.
To this day I have no idea what the hell he did with that thumbtack, and he wont tell me. But I did get to name the resurrected box. Its now dubbed “Macgyver” and I have added some pieces of duct tape to the case just to drive the name home.
I have to say that its working a lot better than my normal “Mad Max” themed servers. Maybe I shouldn’t have named my server room “Thunderdome”…