Solved Windows Server 2003 has black screen at boot

July 8, 2013 at 18:43:13
Specs: Windows Server 2003, 2 Zion quad core/8gb ram
Server 2003 won't boot past bios, turns to blinking cursor and stays. Never boots into Windows logo screen.

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#1
July 10, 2013 at 07:21:44
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Are you able to enter the BIOS?

Are you getting any error beep codes when you power the unit up.

I hate to say it but, my own experiences with computers that won't post usually means the motherboard is toast.

You could disconnect/remove all hardware except the RAM and video and try booting and see if it boots then.

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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#2
August 6, 2013 at 16:06:34
Are you able to enter the BIOS?
ANSWER: no

Are you getting any error beep codes when you power the unit up.
ANSWER: no

I hate to say it but, my own experiences with computers that won't post usually means the motherboard is toast.

You could disconnect/remove all hardware except the RAM and video and try booting and see if it boots then.
ANSWER: Still no. It looks like the controller went out. Sounds to me like I need a new motherboard. Thanks for your response. I appreciate your follow-up to my question. Have a great day.


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#3
August 8, 2013 at 08:00:35
It looks like the controller went out

Which controller are you talking about? If you mean a SATA/IDE/RAID controller then it would still POST and you would still be able to access the BIOS.

Once you've reached a point where your system will not POST and you can't access the BIOS it really doesn't matter what the root cause is, you still have to replace the mobo.

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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#4
August 13, 2013 at 13:24:49
A few of us got together and had agreed it was the raid controller on the mobo and we are all in agreement with you that the mobo needs replaced. I had replaced every other component in the guts and no changes occurred. I tried your tip to disconnect/remove all hardware except the RAM and video and try booting and see if it boots...to no avail. It's definitely the mobo. I put a new mobo in there with all the same guts otherwise and it boots. Thank you again for your help. It's reassuring when you can ask tech questions and someone cares enough to answer. I appreciate you.

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