Windows Server 2000 SP4 booting problem

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June 4, 2012 at 22:32:41
Specs: WIN SERVER 2000, PIII / 512 MB
Hello All

I have a old P III server (IBM Infinity), windows server 2000 sp4 installed on it,
My daily work is, turning on on morning and shuting down in the evening as we do not have proper power backup, so recently I came to office and as usual I turned on, but it took very longtime to boot, I shutdown and restarted, again same problem, It shows booting progress bar but not booting as usual, last day I run it in safe mode, it work fine, and than restarted in Graphical mode, again it took long time but finally it boot without problem after long time. I think some OS files got corrupt or missing,
so what would be the problem and solution for it.

Thanks in advance..

DJ.

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#1
June 5, 2012 at 03:52:06
A recently installed device driver, or software that installs a driver (Third party Firewall, Antivirus, or CD-burning application) is usually the cause if normal mode won't start but safe mode will.

Start in Safe Mode and uninstall any recently installed software which fits the above description.


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#2
June 6, 2012 at 12:05:38
Possible the CMOS battery has died. When this happens the user set BIOS settings will go to default. This also includes reverting to the date of the BIOS version. Those changes could account for the slow boot time.

The solution is to change the CMOS battery and then reset values as needed. The date, time, boot order, enable/disable integrated hardware, etc.


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#3
July 26, 2012 at 21:27:21
thanks for reply..

It not booting up in safemode also... and I didn't installed any of HW or SW on the server.... any other suggestion ?


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#4
July 27, 2012 at 10:00:46
This sounds like something in the operating system has become corrupt.

First and foremost, I hope you do regular backups because you may need them. If possible, I would copy that drive onto something else as a backup. Image it onto a NAS, another computer, or an external USB drive if possible.

You can try a "repair" of the OS. This involves booting to the operating system as if you were going to do a clean install of the OS. Go through the setup process, past the "recover console" and to the point where the install process sees the existing installation of the OS on the HDD. You should then have an option to "repair" the install.

This will basically reinstall all Windows files and if successfull, will require you to rerun the latest SP and then do updates as all SP's and updates will be lost.

I've had to do this in the past on several PC's and it worked nicely. I see no reason for it not to work on a 2000 server.

NOTE: This is a "last resort, I've tried everything else" procedure.

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#5
July 27, 2012 at 12:09:05
Are you seeing any error messages? If not, because of what you stated above I would suspect the hard drive or some other hardware is failing, or HAS failed.

Check the hard drive brand and then download the hard drive utility (fitness test) for that brand.

You could try disconnecting and disabling (in BIOS) all non-essential hardware. See if that allows you to boot.

Use a live version of Linux to boot up the computer and recover your necessary files. OR install an additional hard drive. Disconnect the original drive and then install Windows on the new drive. You should then be able to access most files on the original drive after reconnecting it.

You may need to change the boot order after reconnecting the original drive.


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#6
July 28, 2012 at 22:44:01
@curt R, thank you for suggestion..

I did all above what you suggested, last time I boot with SAFEMODE and it work fine, again I restarted into normal boot, after some long time, it boot well without any problem,,,

Another thing I observe in the server C:/ drive that, it has only 1 Mb of free space in the drive.... also it makes the problem for booting the OS... ?

@OtheHill .. I have done these steps too... thank you for suggetions...

thanks in ADV...

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#7
July 29, 2012 at 11:36:28
So, you ran a manufacturers fitness test on your hard drive? Telling us you did these steps is not helpful. State ALL the things you tried.

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#8
July 31, 2012 at 14:05:06
Another thing I observe in the server C:/ drive that, it has only 1 Mb of free space in the drive.... also it makes the problem for booting the OS... ?

There's your problem.

Windows needs free space on the C: drive for the pagefile. Free up some space. Preferably a gig or two depending on overall size of the HDD. You may have to buy a larger drive and image the old one over to it if you can't free any space up by uninstalling old app's you don't use any more.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#9
July 31, 2012 at 21:32:06
@Curt R .. Yes.. I have antivirus installed on it but it is exipred long time before, and I try to uninstall it but it also giving erro as needs freespace to wash out... rather than, all are windows related apps are showing on the add/remove prog..

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