My wife's small business has a Dell PowerEdge 830 which has stopped booting normally and is now way out of warranty with DELL and needs troubleshooting quickly and inexpensively!
The two attached screenshots were taken using snapshots from the BIOS as the server was accessed using it's remote access card (DRAC).
The BIOS procedes to the point of offering the options "Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility". (Pressing F1 just changes the message to "Strike the F1 key to retry...")
The server has 3 SATA drives and at this stage, I do not believe there is a RAID controller in effect. The server was running Windows 2003 Server
The setup utility (F2) shows nothing obviously wrong. The 3 SATA drives are shown (see screenshot 3 and the boot order starts with "drive C"
I am contemplating borrowing a PC with a SATA controller and swapping the server drives to it as a short term fix but am not wholly confident this will work.
What steps can I take to identify what the problem is (or how can I safely get a short term fix without risk of losing data)?