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Windows 2000 server no video except gray floppy image

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The screen of our Windows 2000 server is an image of a floppy being inserted into a floppy drive. Below the gray image of the floppy are 12 boxes, each with F1, F2, F3, etc over each of them. Above F1 there are arrows pointing down.

It looks as if to tell me, "Insert the floppy and press F1" but I have no idea what floppy it is talking about, nor have I ever seen this before. I haven't even touched this computer in weeks, and suddenly it's video is taken over by this image of a floppy. It's an all black screen with grey lines and text. Please help, any help is appreciated.
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by:mcsween
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What is the make/model of this server?  Is the OS actually running still?  Can you ping it, will it serve files or whatever it's purpose is?
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by:coilbraze
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No, the OS is not running. I can't ping it, it doesn't show up in network browser.

I managed to get it to restart, and it POSTed but it shows that one logical drive has an error and 2 logical drives are defunct. Hope that helps.
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by:mcsween
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Sounds like it's showing a diagnostics screen for the server.  Probably is asking for boot media.  I would call the vendor...it sounds like you have a faulty RAID controller or SCSI backplane.
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Do the drives hot plug in this server?  If so check to see that there are no red lights on any of the drives.  It's just as likely you lost some drives in this server.  With RAID 5, 10, or 1 you would have to have lost more than 1 drive.
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by:coilbraze
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Well the hard drive activity lights stay on solid if that's what you mean.
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Depending on the drive there is usually a green or amber light.  When green it flashes when read/write activity is going on.  If the light is a sold green then I would suspect the RAID controller or SCSI backplane.
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Of course it could be a loose cable inside the server...slim chance but worth trying to reseat both ends of the cable.
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we had a RAID 5 going with 3 SCSI drives. apparently, one of the drives was dead and had been for some time, and now a second one gave out, and we can't get back in now. I think it's being taken care of by a certified company and everything. Thanks for the help though.
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