Booting Dell Precision 7910 and Assassins Creed Valhalla

I recently was setting up a Dell Precision 7910 at work that was in storage for a while. I could not get the system to POST at all. I would give some power on lights, but then sit there and eventually turn off. I searched online and didn’t see any reference to this, so I wanted to make a quick note for the internet. In the system there is a big plastic air guide, that air guide holds the CPU fan. If the cable for the CPU fan gets unplugged, the system will not post.

On a completely unrelated note, I recently got Assassins Creed Valhalla and was enjoying it except every major cut scene or sometimes between areas the game would crash. This was leading to several crashes a hour. No one online seemed to have such a bad time. Long story short, I realized the game was also having issues with cloud saves. It turns out the game frequently attempts to reach out to Ubisoft servers, and instead of failing gracefully, hard crashes. I happen to have a bunch of the Pi-Hole lists in my firewall (Firebog seemed to be the culprit) and the following domains kept being blocked:

*.ubi.com
ubiservices.data.ubi.com

I believe only the “ubiservices.data.ubi.com” domain is the one that needs to be allowed, but to be save I just allow-listed the whole ubi.com domain. Since then the game has not crashed once. Maybe their developers should learn about try/catch blocks…

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