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Keeping Things Cool

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hmm, running my server at night with the door closed still might not be the best decision. :/ in just a few hours, like 4 or 5 hours, it elevated my room to uncomfortable levels and disrupted my sleep while I was practically naked over the covers (just undies). I’m naturally hot so not good. I don’t have to do anything to sweat, it just happens. anyway, I need a better solution.

  1. Continue to shutdown the server at night while the door is closed to give the AC a break.
  2. Leave the door open and let the AC run more often than dad likes, potentially freezing them at the other end of the house because of our weird vent layout. (how rooms get colder the farther away than the ones closest to the unit, is beyond me)
  3. Install a vent above the door to allow air to circulate without having to keep the door open all the time.
  4. Replace the server with something more efficient for 24/7 runtime and either keep or sell the R710 (preferably keep and just upgrade it for ram hungry tasks during the day if I wanted). I do have a “small” OptiPlex running as a server but it doesn’t have a hdd setup or enough ram or cpu power to run a handful of windows servers and whatnot. I just use it for plex and a few small Linux VMs.
  5. Consider single room AC units. I like the wall mounted bar shaped ones. They are expensive but silent. That could easily keep a small rack of servers cool if I ever build up a collection of them.

I’d probably end up doing #4 anyway. I was considering that simply for the noise levels of the R710 but after my “quick” fan mod, it’s quiet enough to run 24/7 if I wanted to and still coexist in the same room all day. It’s just, as it turns out, I ran into a cooling issue. lol. I’ll likely alternate between #1 and #2 until I find another powerful but cheap used computer that’ll run ESXI.

The temperature issue kinda sucks. I really like my R710. Even better with the fan mod. Speaking of, I need to mod it into the chassis somehow. There’s a little bay below the DVD Drive that I’m guessing was for a tape drive years ago, it only measures like 4 inches with my handy ruler. Too narrow for a 3.5” HDD and way too narrow for a 5.25” ODD or panel. So I thought of poking a hole in the grill and mount the potentiometer and secure the Arduino somehow or pick up a Chinese PWM generator and mount that in that space. I will also need to source 5v power for either solution but I have a couple ideas on that for a future post.

I think that’s it for now, cheers my fellow nerds!