Note to all Acer easyStore H340 WHS owners

acer-easystore-home-server2Own a Acer easyStore H340 Windows Home Server? Don’t be like me and spend countless hours trying to figure out why the hell the box keeps randomly shutting off. I spent the last two nights running spy sweepers and virus scans, pulling hard drives and swapping memory in search of a solution. I’m better than that.

What I should have done first is ask Google. She (that’s right, I picture Google as a smart, but seductive, oracle) has all the answers as long as I know what to ask.

It turns out that there is a bug with the WHS LightsOut plug-in that comes pre-installed on the computer. Just uninstall the app via Add/Remove Programs in the control panel and either update to the newest version here or run without it; I did the latter. More info about the bug can be found here and here.