My nodes device crashed and it looks it won’t be recoverable for a long time (or never). It seems something terrible happened to my good device used for Storj nodes, network monitoring and my personal use (streaming, gaming, …). After 5 years of 24/24 service, the device suddently shut down and rebooted with no blue screen, then it looped with the Windows 10 upgrades by crashing each time it wanted to show the session. Finally, after power off and power on, it stopped to show BIOS (power led flashing and restarting continuously), and finally, the next day, no more electrical activity at all. My guessing is the motherboard or the CPU because temperatures were degrading, but i’m not sure. I contact my little german manufacturer to see if he could still diagnose it even if its out of garantee. But, that’s it. I was prepared to SSDs or power failure issues with an UPS, but not this kind of thing, which is new to me.
So, obviously, the node has been offline, and for 3 days before I connect and reinstall it on another mini pc machines. The other problem is I’ve also stability problems with these machines I don’t really trust for the nodes uptime (docker already crashed the node with something like a material issue, “bad response”), and I’m now looking for dedicated Odroid HC2 I trust more to stay on a Windows 10 environnement and connect easily to my drives where I’ve also my own data.
Morally, it ruined all my hopes, it came when I was preparing to order two more hard drives. The managing on the machine and local access to drives were pretty easy, but this machine is now too expensive to replace only for nodes (my other mini pcs less stables are also more powerful, but i already dedicated them for computing tasks bypassing the power limit, running often hot, and making them crash sometimes, and not for something relative to a high uptime like the nodes).*
Well, I know some hidden values tracking the offline time before the staff implement the new disqualification model, but as this time, the offline disqualification is not implemented, and I don’t want leave the network. But my oldest node has a held amount of 225$. My two 12tb disks are almost full. I’ve no idea how things will going on when the disqualification will be implemented, but theorically, I can try to recover my uptime with these machines where I stopped all the others computing activity to be sure they keep “cool” to run without interruption, and I think to order two Odroid H2. Might I continue to run the nodes by ignoring my 3-days downtime for now (it was online for months before that), or might I graceful exit? Will Storj warn us before they implement the offline disqualification to the next update to avoid a brutal disqualification in the next update?
Well, again, I feel really bad about this, because I wanted to be a good SNO, I feel quite unlucky with all my current systems, and it makes me think about the people wanting to introduce a “maintenance” request to be able to replace devices when this kind of thing happens, but I read the offline disqualification will have now another kind of behavior and dead CPU/Motherboard is generally the last ultimate crash happening to SNO. I know the network can recover without me, but because I joined the community for a quite long time now, I express my apologies for this accident, hoping sunnier days with Odroid.