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Server SCSI issue

Hello,
I inherited an old network and on this network there is one old put together server that was running Windows Small Business server 2000.  This server was domain controller, AD, DHCP, DNS and exchange server; so you can imagine how important this is to resolve issue.  The issue that I am facing now is that the server had an issue, i'm thinking power.  The board is an ASUS PU-DLS with a hardware RAID SCSI card and two SCSI drives.  I replaced RAM, Power Supply, and SCSI hardware card (with identical card) but everytime I try to boot the server it continually goes into the BIOS.  I disconnected all hardware except the CD-ROM and tried to boot to a BSD bootable disk but the server just boots to the BIOS.

I have reset the CMOS, and tried to boot to an IDE solo drive but did not work and only boots to BIOS.  Is this a bad board?  Would like to flash the BIOS but the thing will not boot from any device, it only goes into BIOS.  Anyone have suggestions?

I can only find one identical board online but for a 1000, which isn't going to fly.  So, i wonder if I was to remove the SCSI drives and place them in another server w/out the exact hardware will I be able to boot the devices?  Will this screwup anything?

Any responses are greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
jb
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d3ath5tarCommented:
In short, yes you will have issues if the HAL is different. And yes, sounds like your board is screwed.... unless (and excuse the over simplistic nature of this remark - but its no the first time I've seen it!).... changed the keyboard? At one of my old customers they had a similar issue. The key which launched the bios on their system had got jammed on by someone with sticky fingers!

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SuperStarsAuthor Commented:
I did also change the keyboard.  The original ones were USB and they are not recognized when booting so tried two separate PS/2 keyboards and the damn this does the exact same thing booting into BIOS.  

So, an additional question....Does anyone know where to acquire/purchase an ASUS PU-DLS board?

If I cannot find the exact board, whats my next step?  Rebuild a different box from scratch?

Thanks in advance
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d3ath5tarCommented:
How much space are we talking about? Being sbs 2000 I'm guessing not mucy? Do you have another server knocking around that could host a vmware build (or a chucky workstation with a fair bit of space and grunt?) I'd be tempted to take the RAID controller (assuming its seperate) along with the drives and put them in a different box - but not use live! Cold boot using vmwares convertor CD and P2V the box (at least you have a copy then!).

You can then either build a new SBS box on new hardware and do a migration or (and expect this to get sticky).... boot the disk in the new box and try injecting the necessary drivers for the HAL... although I doubt you'll get a 2000 compatible driver for a new new box....

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d3ath5tarCommented:
Slightly different revisions of the same chipset..... would only go so far as to say possibly.... try it at your own peril. With a machine that old, I wouldn't even try to fix....
 
Personally, i'd go with the virtualise and migrate data to new kit route. tell your company its beyond economical repair... every company says they wont accept high cost, but if they don't replace it they don't have their info, would they rather be woth it or without?..... but thats just me... you have to make your own call on that one :)

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SuperStarsAuthor Commented:
I'd like to that d3ath4tar for his input.  Appreciated.
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