I have a problem with a recent Dell server upgrade I recently did. I have a 1600sc with two Xeon processors in it. Apparently I didn't let Windows 2000 Server know there were two processors when I did the upgrade so it only installed the single processor driver for the machine. I went into Computer Management and opened the COMPUTER item listed in Device Manger. Under that icon I noticed it said Single Processor PC so I upgraded that driver to ACPI Multiprocessor PC (included driver from Microsoft). This is the same driver my other 1600sc is using with two processors.
The machine then asked me to reboot, and I said YES. It begins to boot up and gets past the bios (the bios posts reads two processors as well). Once it gets to the Loading Windows 2000 Server screen it quits about two thirds of the way and give a stop error of "inaccessible boot device". I have gone into the recovery console and tried the FIXBOOT utility as well as replacing the SYSTEM hive (winnt\system32\config\sys
tem) with the default hive (winnt\repair\system), but had no success upon reboot.
I am not familiar with all the tool available to me in the recovery console, but I was hoping that I could adjust the processor driver back to the original somewhere in the recovery console. The only other variable that I must mention is that I have a RAID 5 (PERC4/SC card from Dell) configuration on the boot drive. It is a 36 gig raid divided into a 10gig (C Drive) and 27 gig (D Drive). The boot partition is the C drive of this RAID. I am able to access both partitions once I load the special PERC drivers and enter the recovery console as Administrator.
If for some reason I can not recover this machine I was considering doing a Parallel Install on the C drive and then trying to RESTORE the registry so that I would keep all the files in place on the C & D drive and once the registry hive was replaced I it would operate as it used to without needing to install all the programs again.
Any comments or feedback or help on getting this machine fixed would be greatly appreciated.