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FreeNAS Mini and Mini XL Motherboard Replacement Guide 2017-06-01

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The Motherboard Replacement Guide shows how to properly remove and replace the motherboard in a FreeNAS Mini or Mini XL. Many detailed photos are used to clarify and simplify the process.

http://ixsystems.com/FreeNAS_Mini_Motherboard_Replacement.pdf
Great guide. I think you should preface it with some static electricity notes/precautions. At least to ground yourself before operating and not to touch contacts etc.

It doesn't get more risky than a motherboard swap, and the user is removing/handling/re-installing the motherboard, ram, nic and satadom. Everything that could possibly die due to static except the CPU
 

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Great guide. I think you should preface it with some static electricity notes/precautions. At least to ground yourself before operating and not to touch contacts etc.
We had some discussions about that. It gets complicated because processes need to be explained and the user might think they need additional equipment. In reality, if you touch the chassis before working on it (which is difficult to avoid), static is rarely a problem.
 

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Should there be any BIOS or software changes to prevent the replacement motherboard (ASRock C2750) from failing, or are the replacement motherboards from iXsystems fixed?
 

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The excessive writes to the BMC Flash were fixed in firmware years ago. The C2000 failures were supposedly fixed by Intel on later production runs of the SoC.
 
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