Hi experts! I need some help ASAP! I really appreciate any/all thoughts you can share!
Info about the setup:
I have a fresh server build with a Tyan S8005 motherboard (AM3). I have two SATA HDs installed, one with Windows SBS 2008, the other is currently unpartitioned. There is also 1 SATA DVD-RW. I currently have the BIOS with the following settings: Boot Order: HD, everything else disabled. HD Boot Order: HD with Windows, other disabled. The only connections to the computer is a PS/2 keyboard, VGA monitor, and ethernet cable.
Here's what happens:
On every (I think) restart and sometimes on a cold start, the system will POST, and at the point when Windows should begin loading, there is just a blinking cursor _ on a black screen and nothing happens. I thought that perhaps the wrong boot drive was being started, but when i changed my bios to load the other drive, it had no problem after POST recognizing that the other drive did not have a bootable partition.
Anyways, after the computer starts up and doesn't boot into Windows, if i press the restart button, the computer will boot up perfectly - go into windows sbs 2008, and work just as any computer should. But obviously being unable to restart is crippling!
Any ideas? I'm suspecting that the motherboard is to blame, but i suppose it could also be the hard drive. Could it possibly be Windows? The intermittent nature of this problem is killing me! Thanks in advance for your time!!!