My old file server died a few years ago, probably because of a dead motherboard. Might have been the power supply. Not sure.
Anyways, ever since my old server went cold turkey, I’ve had this bunch of old, powerful hardware sitting for ages.
I planned to “migrate” the motherboard and CPU from my old gaming and work PC to the old server case and revive it, but just kept postponing it again and again for a long time.
So, last week I had some spare time from work, and I decided to FINALLY start working on reviving this old hunk of metal.
I ripped everything out of the server case and replaced both the power supply and motherboard. The motherboard came with an old Intel i7 3960X still mounted inside ever since I upgraded my main PC.
I then slapped some 4×4096 MB of ram in the RAM slots for a total of sweet 16 gigabytes of 1600 MHz DDR3 madness. And carefully connected the SAS to SATA LSI 9211-8i and all six 3.5″ drives to it.
Finally, I connected the SSD and fired up the machine. The SATA cable was old and a bit loosey-goosey, but I figured it would work as long as I didn’t breathe on it.
OK, long time no see, Windows 7!
I had forgotten it was running Win 7. N-edition. The N stands for “no media features”. Well, that’s what it means anyways. Some silly EU regulations… Anyways. It fired up, but I couldn’t log in. Forgot password? Yep.
I got an idea. I used to access the server’s file shares via my old living room PC (aka HTPC), maybe there was a way to get the password from those stored credentials?
I tried the built-in Windows Credential Manager, but it wouldn’t show me the password for Windows shares. I Googled a bit and found a password recovery tool from Nirsoft called CredentialsFileView.
Et voila! It managed to reveal the stored password for the server!
I was in!
But wait, what’s this…? I was soon getting weird system crashes and weird missing system file errors…
Ok, I’ll simply try upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Surely that’ll take care of the issues, right? And besides, upgrading to Windows 10 is still free… I just had to use the Windows 10 media creation tool.
I ran the upgrade… The installation went fine…
But now I got the blue screen of death within minutes, even seconds of logging in to Windows. How strange…
The error was “PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA”. Just let me Google that…
“PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) occurs when the Windows operating system cannot find data that should be stored in the non-paged area. This error usually occurs due to problems with hardware, such as corrupt sectors on the hard disk.”
Ok, so based on a little bit of reading, it seemed it had something to do with memory or RAM. I tried adjusting the SWAP file settings in Windows 10 first, but this had no effect.
I tried to adjust timings in the BIOS, switching between Auto