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Old 2015-06-21, 14:48   #1
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Hi,

one of machines which uses all 8-cores to do LL tests and does little else has a red led light on the front which flashes

on about every second. I was wondering if this was because after each iteration it writes to the HD.

Can anyone explain this thing for me?
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Old 2015-06-21, 15:26   #2
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What operating system does it run?

Is it memory constrained?

What do you mean by "little else"?

Try temporarily stopping prime95 (check CPU use goes to near zero) and see if the LED still flashes.

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Old 2015-06-21, 20:29   #3
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It's probably the HDD activity light. I'm a little surprised that it's red. If you have other LED's are they also red?

Find something that makes heavy use of your drive. This could be a disk cleanup utility or even just copying a big folder / file (a couple of GB if you have spare room) from somewhere to the desktop or something. (delete it after, obviously). See what the light does.

The only other standard LED I know of is the power LED and if that's blinking then that might be a concern. If you think it's not an HDD activity light then you might want to open your case and look around the motherboard for any other lights that are on or blinking.

Most of them are nothing to worry about: On my own motherboard, for example, I have one indicating which of the two BIOS'es I'm using, two indicating active PCI-E slots and one HDD activity light.

EDIT: I should mention that the HDD light does blink a good bit normally. It's probably not Prime95 saving iterations because those take a relatively long time to save. You could double-check that the setting is correctly set for 30 minutes (or whatever you prefer).

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Old 2015-06-21, 22:06   #4
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Quote:
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It's probably the HDD activity light. I'm a little surprised that it's red. If you have other LED's are they also red?
Colour doesn't matter; the "blinky lights" may.

Under Linux "vmstat -n 1" can help you correlate (along with other tools).
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Old 2015-06-22, 01:28   #5
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Can you trace the leads from the back of the LED, to the motherboard, and see what it is plugged into?
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Old 2015-06-22, 02:00   #6
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Can you trace the leads from the back of the LED, to the motherboard, and see what it is plugged into?
Almost without question, this is the HDD activity LED (as TheMawn suggested, and you inferred).

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Old 2015-06-22, 08:27   #7
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Thanks for all the replies guys. Had a few beers last night so was AWOL for a while.

Anyway, I've checked that the RED light I'm talking about was plugged into the HDD led socket on the front panel

connectors and it is. (I took it out, the RED light stopped flashing and I looked in the mobo manual to see if it's

the right two pins on the mobo and it is so I'm sure).

BTW, I'm sure I was supposed to make something of that page of output Chalsall posted but I'm not able to.
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Old 2015-06-22, 09:30   #8
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On some server motherboards there is a red light on the board itself which blinks when the machine is overheating (I have had some difficulty cooling my Xeon-D adequately, so got well acquainted with that light).
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Old 2015-06-22, 10:29   #9
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That might be it, but it's been doing it for months so if it is overheating it's not doing so enough to switch the machine off.
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