Windows 2003 Server reboots at splash screen

Posted on 2006-07-14
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have a Windows 2003 Server that reboots at the splash screen. I have tried a repair install, chkdsk, and even erd commander. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get this box back up. Thanks.
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I assume you've tried "last known good configuration"?
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Pber earned 500 total points
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Does it just reboot, or does it display a STOP error.  If it is set to reboot on stop errors you can turn that off when you F8 during reboot and select the suppress reboot option.  This way you can see the stop error so you can have an idea where to start.
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Yes I tried last known good and every other method that I have used in the past successfully. The box just reboots, no stop screen. The splash screen appears for about 30 seconds and then its back to post. I am fresh out of ideas on this one.

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vsg375 earned 500 total points
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I see two possible issues here : hardware problem or malware. Of course, since you can't boot, you can't scan either... Here's what I would suggest :

- ghost your system
- perform a fresh install in a new directory (KEEP your existing install).
- see if you manage to boot on that "emergency" install
- if you successfully boot, scan your system for malware

If this doesn't work, I would check for HW problems.

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As I said above, I have tried every method including ghosting to a new drive. There is no malwareon this machine as it did not have any internet connection.

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