I was playing with an old NT4 box - all was just fine for a few days...then...maybe the Solar flare got me or the box...but...
I have a Dialogic board (4 port) in this box - and I don't know what possessed me to play with the config utlity. On starting the utility it said it would stop the Dialogic board from running - so I said 'OK'. Then NT crashed big time. I did a restart and that is when the problems arrived.
The box just keeps rebooting. NT tries to load. Goes to blue screen, ....... loads - then it just reboots. Sometimes I get as far as a quick glimpse of the NT startup screen logo, but it restarts again.
So, what I have done, is to remove the dialogic board. Same thing.
I have 2 hd's in this box which was meant to get me out of a problem like this. As they were mirror images of each other - so I could pull one out, and start up on the other...I did this - and still the same problem.
Further info. I can boot the box into Win98 (dos mode) - and the box works.
I saw another post here where it suggested bad ram. I have now changed the RAM with 2 known good chips. Same problem.
When I try to boot the box into NT install mode it complains that the ntoskrnl.exe is missing/corrupt.
I haven't yet re-installed NT - and will do so.
Just thought someone may have another suggestion?
Just thinking...it may be a setting in NT (that we set a few years back when we used this box) to reboot NT if it encounters an error - but of course I don't know how to turn this switch off - if I can't get into NT. And yes, I have tried use last known good hw profile. And also tried to load in VGA mode.
SP5 NT4. Blue Screen loads, then as it tries to bring up the OS - box reboots.
Oh - at the time of the crash I was running an IVR application - Katalina product..which could be the source of the problem..
It was a cheap sound card I had put into this box earlier in the day - all was working well - but...it must have not liked it eventually...which is weird...as soon as I took it out - the box came up again...