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Server 2003 - No Display After BIOS

Server 2003
Dell PowerEdge 1800

Server has just failed after weekend.

Power on server,
Passes BIOS,
Does the RAID checks - all fine
SCSI - Fine
Then at the point it should load the OS it just a blank screen
Unable to get passed this, not able to get to F8 or anything.
Server does not start as I cant see it on network.

Dell Diag is all fine, including VIDIO.

Help would be great
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Bransby-IT
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Jon WinterburnCommented:
Sounds like a fault within Windows - it could be anything, ranging from something like a corrupt Kernel32.dll to driver problems. As you cannot get to F8 to perform a system restore, you can only really do one of two things:

1. Boot from Windows Server 2003 disk and perform a repair install (overwrite current Windows installation without affecting data on the disk)

2. Download and burn a Universal Boot CD and boot from this then see if you can fix the problem or even find out the cause of the problem. If you can't fix it using this disk or the Windows repair, you can at least copy off any crucial data files across the network within the boot interface of UBCD and then wipe/reinstall Windows on this server.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com
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Bransby-ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks I will try that first.
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Bransby-ITAuthor Commented:
Which options shall I chose on the UBCD?
I have never used it.
Will it pick up my Raid Drives or give me option to install drivers?
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Jon WinterburnCommented:
I can't recall the options, but basically boot into the Windows-like interface. I think you will need your RAID drivers as this interface uses part of the XP boot loader.
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ChiefITCommented:
I have seen it on a viewsonic monitor a couple times.

It meant the screen was bad, replace it with another. Why the bios stuff pops up and not the OS is confusing to me. Viewsonic told me it was a known issue with the monitor and I had the ability to send it in for replacement under my service contract.

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Bransby-ITAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks for the advice but none of the software to boot would pick up the disk arrays even with the correct drivers.

I booted into Server 2003 Repair Console and just run a chkdsk /r

This found a few issues and away it went booting like a dream.

First time this blank screen ever happened to me
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ChiefITCommented:
When the viewsonic monitors went bad, I replaced them with another, and all was fine. This happens mostly on ship's power, not residential power.

Ship's power has both legs hot with 60VAC on one side and 60VAC on the other. Also ships operate off of generators. So, power spikes are not uncommon. We have monitors bite the big one about 1 every six months our of 70 monitors.

When we had problems, you could see bios, but then very FAINTLY see the logon screens ect.. It was basically a black screen due to a dead monitor.

Viewsonic told us it was a dead monitor. replacing the monitor, (even with another viewsonic) worked for us.

Glad to see that Checkdsk worked for you.
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Bransby-ITAuthor Commented:
The hard drive had failed (1 of 2)
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