Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket



  • It broke on me, and for the time being I have managed to jerry rig the thing so the CPU does not overheat, but I need to replace the plastic piece that the heat sink lever attaches to on one side.

    Anyone know where I can get one? I tried searching for it, but I can't seem to find one for sale anywhere. Seems a shame to have to toss a perfectly good server because of one little piece of plastic.

    And before you respond with "That's an old server, toss it out the window and get a new one" I'll ask you not to. This would not be helpful in anyway, besides this server is not a production server, it is setup as a NAS for our tech team to use to make short term backups of peoples data and/or a place to drop any software installers we use on a semi-regular basis, and there is simply no money to replace the whole thing.



  • Cant remember what socket these are?
    Some heatsinks will simply screw into the mobo(this depends on socket, obviously)
    Can we get a pic of the piece?



  • @momurda said in Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket:

    Cant remember what socket these are?
    Some heatsinks will simply screw into the mobo(this depends on socket, obviously)
    Can we get a pic of the piece?

    This is for a 2850, so mine is slightly different, but it'll give you an idea:
    td14-Proc-21_500px.jpg

    The fixed end of that arm is what broke (top left). The piece is screwed in with 2 screws and could be easily replaced if I could only find one.

    The socket is a different type on the 2950 (Socket 771), but the brackets are the same as near as I can tell (they look pretty much the same).



  • We already threw a bunch out. I think we have another on it's way out. Is yours a 2U? Maybe I could send you the piece you need... here's a pic of the one I have:

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  • @Tim_G said in Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket:

    We already threw a bunch out. I think we have another on it's way out. Is yours a 2U? Maybe I could send you the piece you need... here's a pic of the one I have:

    Yes, that is exactly what they look like. If you are tossing the thing and can mail them to me that would be awesome. Could I be so bold as to ask for all 8 pieces from the CPU sockets? Never hurts to have some spares.

    I can paypal you over some money for mailing and a little extra for a six pack or something.



  • @jrc said in Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket:

    I can paypal you over some money for mailing and a little extra for a six pack or something.

    IT Community at its finest!



  • @jrc said in Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket:

    @Tim_G said in Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket:

    We already threw a bunch out. I think we have another on it's way out. Is yours a 2U? Maybe I could send you the piece you need... here's a pic of the one I have:

    Yes, that is exactly what they look like. If you are tossing the thing and can mail them to me that would be awesome. Could I be so bold as to ask for all 8 pieces from the CPU sockets? Never hurts to have some spares.

    I can paypal you over some money for mailing and a little extra for a six pack or something.

    I'll have to see. I don't see a problem with it as it's out the door anyways. But I will need to make sure. Can you confirm the pieces you need are the ones I've circled below: (but all 8 of them?)

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  • @Tim_G

    Yep, the circled pieces. They are the ones that those metal levers attach to and have a torx headed screw holding them in (something like a T20 in size).



  • @jrc

    What city would it be going to?



  • @Tim_G

    Atherton.



  • I got the go-ahead. I'll get it taken apart sometime today, but probably won't be able to ship until tomorrow or Friday.

    I'm in San Diego so I guess you can PM me the address you want me to ship to and I'll let you know cost, unless you had your own shipping method and price in mind.



  • @Tim_G

    Awesome. I am in no major rush for them right now. I was able to jerry rig the thing to stay on, but it won't last forever.

    A flat rate priority USPS box (the small one) would probably work out perfectly and would be cheap ($6ish IIRC) and get here PDQ. However, go ahead and ship it with whatever method is most convenient for you, though no need to get it here super fast or for lots of money.

    I'll PM my mailing address to you.

    Thanks again for the helps, it's a real life saver!



  • @jrc said in Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket:

    @Tim_G

    Awesome. I am in no major rush for them right now. I was able to jerry rig the thing to stay on, but it won't last forever.

    A flat rate priority USPS box (the small one) would probably work out perfectly and would be cheap ($6ish IIRC) and get here PDQ. However, go ahead and ship it with whatever method is most convenient for you, though no need to get it here super fast or for lots of money.

    I'll PM my mailing address to you.

    Thanks again for the helps, it's a real life saver!

    I'd recommend any other carrier than USPS.... unless you want the package destroyed and / or stolen. But that's just my 2 cents.



  • This thread gave me the warm and fuzzies, well done chaps



  • Update:

    I received email confirmation of the money you sent to paypal.
    I have everything ready to ship.

    Won't be able to today (working late), will try tomorrow (Saturday), or Monday for sure. Will PM you the tracking number.

    Here's what I'm sending:

    0_1488577481254_WP_20170303_13_37_19_Rich_LI.jpg



  • @Tim_G

    That looks perfect to me. Tell me when you undid them, where they screwed into the chassis, or was there a nut on the underside of the board? Trying to ascertain if I have to pull the motherboard to install these or not. I'll have to work it out either way, but I figured if you noticed this when you removed them then maybe I could save some investigative time.



  • @jrc said in Dell Poweredge 2950 CPU Heatsink Retention bracket:

    @Tim_G

    That looks perfect to me. Tell me when you undid them, where they screwed into the chassis, or was there a nut on the underside of the board? Trying to ascertain if I have to pull the motherboard to install these or not. I'll have to work it out either way, but I figured if you noticed this when you removed them then maybe I could save some investigative time.

    I just unscrewed them and they came right out. Nothing special.


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