Hi all wizards
I have the following problem.
I built a server in 2008 using a Asus P5E motherboard and a set of 6 disks in a RAID 5.
Just recently my disks failed so badly that I bought a new set. This meant that I had to upgrade from Win XP to Windows 7.
After repartitioning the disks (using Win 7 installation CD) the installation program tells me it will install the system and also warns me that it will reboot several times during this process.
At this point I can observe that it started the job. Some progress-bar went from 0% to 1%.
After a few hours I went back to check progress.
The screen was black and showed the normal startup-screen when booting. I.e "Press DEL to enter Setup" Press xxxx to...
and on the bottom it showed 4096 MB memory
everything looked normal but nothing happened.
I then pressed DEL. Ths keystroke changed the status on one line telling me "Entering SETUP"
Nothing more happened.
Then I pressed another key and the machine responded in the same way. Status on the screen changed but nothing more happened.
I then thought about clearing BIOS of its setup.
It is a magic trick (from the manual) to remove the battery and move a switch, then wait for 10 sec, move the switch back and reenter the battery.
After this I reboot, a list of my installed disks come up on the screen and asks me to press DEL to enter the BIOS setup.
When I do this I can suddenly enter the BIOS-setup. I change the parameters to what I had before (date, time, disks using RAID,boot-sequence) and tries to reboot.
Same shit happens: Memory is counted and the list of 3 choices is the same as it was before.
Whatever I press nothing happens !
I have also bought a new battery since the old one was apx on 50%.
I have set the boot sequence to start from the CD (first choice) and one disk in the raid-set as second choice.
I can see the light on the CD drive flicker, but after a few seconds it stops.
Is there any chance that the Windows installation could have done anything with BIOS ?
Is the mobo accidentially blown, or ????