Dell is warning users of its PowerEdge 1650 servers of a defect that could cause the systems to overheat, emit smoke and shut down.
The motherboards of all PowerEdge 1650 servers sold worldwide between January and early May last year could be defective and should be replaced, said Dell spokesman Bruce Anderson.
"The inductor on the motherboard can overheat and can cause a small amount of smoke to emit," he said. When the overheating occurs, the server shuts down. The inductor is used to control voltage.
Dell started contacting customers late last year after users notified the supplier of the problem and determining the issue in its test environment.
The Dell PowerEdge 1650 is a rack server meant for use in datacentres. The product was introduced in February 2002 and succeeded by the PowerEdge 1750 in mid-2003. The motherboard in the PowerEdge 1650 was designed by Dell.
He declined to specify how many PowerEdge 1650 servers have the problem.
Dell will contact owners of affected systems and arrange to have the motherboard replaced, Anderson said.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service