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... And that's why we make the big bucks. Sep. 2nd, 2003 11:49 am
Got a call from R&D (which would be the IT dept anywhere else) about 30 minutes ago. Apparently our server was beeping at them 'about once a minute', and could I see what was wrong and shut it up, please?

I ssh'd in and checked all the relevant logfiles, system operation, disk fullness &c - nothing out of the ordinary.
So I headed downstairs to take a look at it on the console, to see if anything was, for any reason, appearing there only.

All clean there too, but still beeping. So I take the case off (eventually, blasted thing's gone shy and doesn't want to get topless) and try to listen to where the sound's coming from internally. Main fan & CPU fan are running fine and showing no signs of overheat or distress, and it sounds (as best I can tell, it's one of those completely non-directional beeps) like it's coming from the front panel, which I assume is where the system speaker lives.

I unplug the system speaker, to validate this hypothesis.


Now that's a good trick. There are no other visible speakers within the PC, so a more thorough search is indicated.

Which turns up the phone handset belonging to the tech who called me down, which has got hidden behind the next server and has a flat battery...


From: serena_lesley
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 04:02 am (Link)
From: dennyd
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 04:03 am (Link)

I believe there's a tech-support/sysadmin community somewhere - you should link this :)
From: duncanneko
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 04:05 am (Link)
*giggles repeatedly*

I should stop LJing at work, it's making it far too hard not to burst out in fits of giggles/squeaks
From: otterylexa
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 04:13 am (Link)
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From: wechsler
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 04:27 am (Link)
I think that's generally something to be done after you've left a workplace ;)
From: azekeil
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 04:21 am (Link)
Sounds fairly usual, tbh :)

I had a similar panic with beast.. turns out it was the portable telephone running low on battery too..
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From: wechsler
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 04:33 am (Link)
She was still working on the next server when I found it...
From: the_maenad
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 05:27 am (Link)
From: olithered
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 05:54 am (Link)
From: jadine
Date: September 2nd, 2003 - 02:05 pm (Link)

For inexplicable reasons, my old housemate used to set down the cordless phone *inside* the server he was working on, and forget it there. We had quite a hunt for it the first time...

Absolutely awesome!

From: slack006
Date: October 5th, 2003 - 03:00 pm (Link)
ROFL!! That's great. It's things like that which make IT work a priceless job. :)
From: byh
Date: October 5th, 2004 - 10:43 am (Link)
Heh, nice one.

One day I made quite a mess by leaving an electronic alarm clock in the server room. Then I locked the door and left to another city.


Everyone thought the server was dying.