SBS 2008 not booting after BSOD

Posted on 2014-07-15
Last Modified: 2014-07-18
SBS 2008.  We had a power failure this morning.  I have the server UPS programmed to do an orderly shutdown after 5 mins of no power.  I wasn't here to witness it so I can only assume that that occurred properly.

The server was turned back on after power restore, but apparently there was a BSOD of "DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE" with no further info noted.

They restarted the server via the reset button.  Even when choosing safe mode, they get the Server scroll bar at the bottom, then the screen goes black with the mouse pointer, with a single HD led flicker every few seconds.

It's been a half hour so far.  Can anyone advise about what to do?

Question by:DaveWWW
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    Accepted Solution


    What is the state of your backups? Do you have RAID?  If so, is the status ok?

    It sounds as though the Server was not shut down cleanly.

    Unplug any USB drives if you haven't already.

    Author Comment

    Backups are fine. I received an "OK" message by email this morning at 3:30 am.

    The data drives are RAID.  The system drive is not - there is no Exchange Server in use, and all data is on the data drives.

    I've unplugged everything except monitor, keyboard, mouse, and network cable.  Now rebooting.  Fingers crossed.

    Author Comment

    All ok.

    It took over an hour but it finally booted properly.  Things are sluggish of course since it is checking the RAID volumes.

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    Expert Comment

    by:David Atkin
    No problem.

    Glad that it booted ok.  Ideally I would suggest looking at getting the System drive RAID'd.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks. The system booted after temporarily removing the USB drives and cable to the ups etc... and a lot of patience for boot time!


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