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Those were some poorly built systems. I worked on probably 10 of them and they not-infrequently had .. major issues. HP's support model was to send a tech out with 2 sticks of RAM, and try them in different places to try to trace memory failures... across 4 (or 8?) cassettes, and 64 sticks of ram, and 20+ minute POST times.

We eventually had one server entirely replaced at HP's cost after yelling at them long enough, and that one never worked well enough to ever use in production, either. I'd say we had maybe a 70-80% success rate with those servers. They were beasts, though, with 4TB of RAM as I recall, and 288 cores.

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