Dell R510 Server not booting

Since yesterday I am having a strange issue with my office server. I am not able to boot server os 2008 in my Dell R510 neither I am able to boot any cd/dvd to repair. It is booting but only until the cursor appears and than a blue screen for two seconds and restart itself again.

The drives are configured as RAID 5 and currently looking to backup data from it. Is there any way at least I can take out my data as neither i am able to boot any cd/dvd nor any usb bootable option as per old BIOS version.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAsked:
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
Well thanks all but it totally depends on the management. I tried everything already which everyone has suggested here, but I think its better to send it to the Dell Service centre rather than trying.
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nobusCommented:
can you access any bios screen?  or the raid set-up ?
no errors displaying?
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
No errors nothing, the bios is so old that it does not even have any USB bootable option.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
the blue screen after the cursor appears only for a second so it is again so hard to even note down the error.
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ChiefITCommented:
Does it get past the BIOS and RAM part of the boot up. If not,  I would first suspect a RAM chip failure. Hard drives don't fail that often. A blue screen indicates a hardware or driver failure (usually). You might check the RAM and then also try Safe Boot (F8).
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
Reboot the server again, and when the RAID controller has finished initialising, start tapping the F8 key. This will invoke the advanced boot options menu, and one of the options will be Disable automatic restart on system failure.

Select this option and press Enter; when the BSOD appears this time it will stay there and you will be able to note down the messages and STOP errors it contains, thus enabling you to base your troubleshooting on some solid information.

During boot you can also press the Pause key to allow you to read the status of various subsystems as the server starts up; press Enter to resume booting.
This approach might, for example, allow you to see if the RAID controller is displaying an error of some kind, before the system gets as far as starting Windows.
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rindiCommented:
When you say it doesn't boot to CD's either, does it at least try or start booting and then faults?

Have you checked the internal connections, made sure everything is properly attached?

Have you also checked the insides of the server, cleaned out all the dust etc? excessive dust can often be a cause for overheating and thus hardware failure.

Have you tried replacing the DVD/CD drive for one you know works?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Shoot the video with phone cam and then you will be able to read the BSOD screen message.
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nobusCommented:
for booting from CD - is the cd drive set as first device in the bios?
also -it can be bad - test with another drive, or CD
normal these faults are caused by :
-bad cd media, drive, or cable ->replace them or swap to test
-can also be bad ram
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
Will the Dell service centre recover your data?

If you've followed the suggestions offered in this question, can you tell us the error(s) that the server has produced?

If your management is typical I would expect it to be receptive to the possibility of a no-cost/low-cost repair, as opposed to whatever Dell (or indeed any other repair facility) would charge, and one of EE's major benefits to members is to either save them money or to help them spend no more than is necessary to obtain the best outcome. At present, contributors have no idea what's wrong except that your server is throwing a BSOD at boot; it might be something simple that's causing it, but because you haven't given us any specific error information we're unable to help you further.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
I am really thankful to all the experts who really did give their best for helping me out with this trouble but unfortunately it totally depends on the management mood sometimes. They asked me to go for a new server restoring the latest backup and don't want to invest more on repair because recovering is costing us more than a latest affordable server in market. I am splitting points for this question and thanks once again to everyone here.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
Thank you, had really a good experience and will keep myself always ready for any disaster in future.
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