Dell PowerEdge 110 not starting up

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Hi  - I have a Dell PowerEdge T110 Server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials. It froze up, so we had to do a hard reset. It came back up, went to the screen saying it had issues, and it showed the %, got to 100%, rebooted again, it went thru the POST, including the RAID config etc, then after a few minutes it showed the Windows logo, and at the bottom showed the gear spinning (which made me hopeful) but then it just went to a black screen, and has stayed there. Anyone have any ideas?
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

My experience told me you have a hardware problem.

Get a new server and recover from your latest backup.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Expert of the Year 2018

Also see if you can boot from a bootable USB or CD. If it boots, then the motherboard is likely OK.

If Disk and/or RAID hardware issues, then I agree with the above to get a new server with Server 2016 or higher at the same time.
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If this is a Dell system, use your boot options at POST to do dell diagnostics to see if the hardware is reporting problems. You can also use something like a bootable disk and you can use a boot environment like Gandalfs or something similar to get into a windows and run scans on the OS installed on the hard drives.
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Top Expert 2013

chek if there are dmp fiels, and post them her for info
alternatively, run some diagnostics you can use the ubcd for this :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD
go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
direct download :
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)      

**  you can make a bootable cd - or bootable usb stick
*** note *** for SSD drives  use the tool from the manufacturer, like intel 's toolbox :

for completeness -here's how i handle disk problems :

==>>****in order to be able to  boot from CD or usb - you may have to disable secure boot in the bios

Upon boot up, hit the F10 button.

See if you can go in Safe Mode.   You can also try "Last known good configuration" and if that works, awesome.  If not, go into Safe Mode and if you can get it, schedule a disk check and do sfc /scannow


Hi - sorry for delay, couldn't get the server up and running, so I ordered a new one, being that one was over 5 years old. Question, since i'm replacing it, is there a way to create the exact same domain on the new server, and have the 5 or 6 PCs connect to it without having to recreate desktop profiles, or connecting them to a newly created domain? LIke if the old domain was xyz.local, and i create the new domain on the new server as xyz.local will the PCs connect to it?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Expert of the Year 2018

There are suggestions here for that

We had a consultant set up a new Server 2012 using the same domain as the prior server 2003 so it can be done.

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