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Date:      Mon, 30 Dec 2002 22:24:50 -0800
From:      Doug Hardie <>
To:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Water Damage
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Thanks for all the suggestions.  Here is the latest update.  The water 
from the sprinklers was purer than that from the tap.  There was no 
residue from it anywhere.  A bit of head (oven and hair drier used) and 
it was easily evaporated.  However, all of the units except for one 
router were powered on and in use.  The 2 hubs were directly below the 
fire and burning strands of something fell down and were sucked into 
them by their fans.  The strands were hot enough that the melted into 
the chip bodies.  I didn't hold much hope for them and was not 
surprised.  Neither showed any form of life.  Not even the fans came 
on.  Also keep in mind that the ethernet cables came down from the 
ceiling and had no excess so water running down them had a straight 
forward path directly into the RJ-45 jacks.

The operating router's sealed power brick is totally dead.  Since its 
watertight, something obviously failed in the router and shorted out 
the brick.  Trying another brick in that router caused every light on 
it to come on.  It didn't do anything but light the lights.  The 
non-operating router works fine.

The one server that I have responsibility for (mailserver running 
FreeBSD 4.6) took awhile to get rewired properly.  When it was yanked 
out, some of the internal cables were disconnected.  Had to find the 
motherboard book to figure out how to set them back up properly.  Once 
that was done, the machine came up and worked fine.  However, its inlet 
fan was severly disfigured by the falling burning stuff.  Since its at 
the bottom of the unit, the junk only marred the bottom of the frame. 
There were no electronics there for it to damage.  The fan sounds funny 
now and I wouldn't trust it.  However, the keyboard connector is now 
defective.  You can't plug a keyboard into it.  I couldn't find 
anything visibly wrong with it, it just doesn't work.  I have no idea 
how that happened since there was a keyboard plugged in during the 
flooding.  My only guess is that whoever unplugged it did so via the 
grab case and run method - leaving the keyboard to catch and disconnect 

None of the MS servers survived.  None had backups either.  I suspect 
that will be a significant problem.  However, I do have backups for the 
mail server and did recover the complete disk and dumped it to my 
laptop so that will be a simple restore.

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