This is one of the hazards of using castoff equipment to implement one's evil schemes.
If it croaks, you are up the creek.....
Ta and I are slowly watching the Moodle server die. Since the upgrade to Moodle 1.8.1, the server keeps crashing. When it's up, and when I'm administering courses and loading new files, it moves like molasses in the winter. Add a user, fiddle with 3 Captivate slides. Add a course, read an article. Load a file, go to local coffee shop to correct the blood/caffeine levels. Edit a section, read e-mail. And so it goes.
Reopening 2 courses and adding 3 files took me 2 hours + 1 server hard reboot.
A flood in the server room today (a major water main broke right next door) and the resulting power surge didn't help.
We've done all of the diagnostics. After some research, Ta is convinced we are staring at the death throes of the server. She has already replaced one blade.
The only "good" news about all of this - right now, there are very few people using Moodle in our organization since I am still in the process of updating the content.
Dear Moodle server - please please PUHLEEZE get well soon.