SBS 2003 won't boot other than in Safe Mode
Posted on 2014-07-16
I am having a problem with an SBS 2003 server that won't boot, except in Safe Mode. If I try to boot it normally, it does not get past the Windows Server 2003 screen with the scrolling bar at the bottom. The bar scrolls for a short while, then it stops (always in the same place, I believe). The computer stops responding at that point. Never in the process can it be accessed remotely, even by PING.
I am able to boot into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking. I have disabled everything through MSConfig, but that didn't allow a successful reboot.
I tried VGA Mode and Last Known Good Configuration, but both hung on reboot, though the scroll bar stopped at a different point.
I didn't see anything of significance in the Event Log.
Before the problem occurred, the system booted properly. After running for a day, power was lost while the system was up. The symptoms started when rebooting after the power failure.
I have not yet tried a repair install of Windows, though I likely will when I can get my hands on the computer again (in a couple of days).
I tried running SFC /scannow, but it gave an error about the RPC not running. I am assuming that SFC won't run in Safe Mode on SBS 2003.
I ran chkdsk (initiated through Windows Explorer, ran on reboot) which didn't resolve the problem.
Please suggest how I should approach resolving this issue.