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Windows 7 Server 08 partition won't boot right...?

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Windows 7 Server 08 partition won't boot right...?

jcwfbi
So i made a windows 7 server o8 dual boot. Problem is the system boots up, cpu runs, power supply fan runs, i can hear the hard drive enague. Problem is there is no output to the screen and the mouse doesn't even light up. It's like the system is on but can't see nothing. At first I thought maybe it didn't pass the post, but the hard drive is running. Any thoughts?? Thanks..
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    OH Smeg

    If it has a plug in Video Card is it seated properly.

    AGP and some PCI XPress Cards wiggle in their sockets on some M'Boards and become disconnected slightly. The fix here is to Remove and re-seat the Video Card.

    That of course is if I'm reading your question right and there is no display at all.

    However if there is a POST Screen and then nothing how did you setup the Dual Boot?

    Did you install both the 7 and 08 on the same partition?

    If you did this one will overwrite the other and not work. Normally you install different versions of Windows to different Partitions and then when the system first starts you chose which to start with from the prompt.

    Did you use some form of Vitalization Product like M$ Vitalization?

    Anyway regardless if there is a POST Screen you are going to have to tell us "Exactly" what you have done here so we can offer some suggestions.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    So I created two partitions. One has 7 and the other has server08. It has on-board video. I don't have anything in the pci slots. I don't hear any beeps on startup. I installed 7 and then server 08. The system stars up and then just remains on but no output and no lights on the mouse. Thanks..

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    OH Smeg

    Try the Ultimate Boot CD available free here

    http://download.cnet.com/Ultimate-Boot-CD/3000-2130_4-51584.html?tag=mncol;7

    Burn the ISO to a CD and then boot off the CD you will be greeted by a Menu that allows you to test the hardware and so on or Boot Off the HDD. Go to the Boot off HDD Option and see if you can manually select anything.

    it's just possible that the Boot Loader has been messed up or maybe something worse. At the very least you should be able to examine the contents of the HDD/s and make sure that the Partitions still exist and have data ion them.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    Wonderful, I will try that option. Hopefully I get somewhere. Will let ya'll know. Thanks.

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    jcwfbi

    OK well I put UBCD image on a cd, and went to boot to it. And the system just idled. I could see the indicator light on the cd rom drive to see that it was engaging but again nothing happened. I also put in a known good stick of ram into the machine and got no beeps. So still no output and the mouse didn't even light up again. Any more thoughts? Thanks..

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    OH Smeg

    Sounds as if the PS has started going to Silicon Heaven.

    If you are lucky. If not it could be something much worse.

    Remember just because Fan's Run or LED's Flash on doesn't mean that the PS is actually working correctly. The Fan's and LED's only indicate that the 12 V DC Rail have sufficient power to run the fans and so on. It in no way implies that the 5 V DC or 1.3 V DC Rails have any Power or sufficient Current to run the computer.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    Ahh. All-righty, I will check that out. Hopefully I'm just missing a connection somewhere. Thanks.

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    jcwfbi

    So I got it got it working. Turns out there was a second power rail (connection) that the manual never mentioned. I found a connection labeled "ATX PWR 2". Connected a wire to it and presto! Thanks everyone.

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    OH Smeg

    That's called the Supplementary 12 V Lead.

    Most times it's a 4 pin connector but depending on the M'Board it can be a 4, 6 or 8 Pin connector and must be connected so that the system works.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    Second power rail!
    So I got it got it working. Turns out there was a second power rail (connection) that the manual never mentioned. I found a connection labeled "ATX PWR 2". Connected a wire to it and presto! Thanks everyone.

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    jcwfbi

    Second power rail!
    So I got it got it working. Turns out there was a second power rail (connection) that the manual never mentioned. I found a connection labeled "ATX PWR 2". Connected a wire to it and presto! Thanks everyone.

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    OH Smeg

    If it has a plug in Video Card is it seated properly.

    AGP and some PCI XPress Cards wiggle in their sockets on some M'Boards and become disconnected slightly. The fix here is to Remove and re-seat the Video Card.

    That of course is if I'm reading your question right and there is no display at all.

    However if there is a POST Screen and then nothing how did you setup the Dual Boot?

    Did you install both the 7 and 08 on the same partition?

    If you did this one will overwrite the other and not work. Normally you install different versions of Windows to different Partitions and then when the system first starts you chose which to start with from the prompt.

    Did you use some form of Vitalization Product like M$ Vitalization?

    Anyway regardless if there is a POST Screen you are going to have to tell us "Exactly" what you have done here so we can offer some suggestions.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    So I created two partitions. One has 7 and the other has server08. It has on-board video. I don't have anything in the pci slots. I don't hear any beeps on startup. I installed 7 and then server 08. The system stars up and then just remains on but no output and no lights on the mouse. Thanks..

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    OH Smeg

    Try the Ultimate Boot CD available free here

    http://download.cnet.com/Ultimate-Boot-CD/3000-2130_4-51584.html?tag=mncol;7

    Burn the ISO to a CD and then boot off the CD you will be greeted by a Menu that allows you to test the hardware and so on or Boot Off the HDD. Go to the Boot off HDD Option and see if you can manually select anything.

    it's just possible that the Boot Loader has been messed up or maybe something worse. At the very least you should be able to examine the contents of the HDD/s and make sure that the Partitions still exist and have data ion them.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    Wonderful, I will try that option. Hopefully I get somewhere. Will let ya'll know. Thanks.

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    jcwfbi

    OK well I put UBCD image on a cd, and went to boot to it. And the system just idled. I could see the indicator light on the cd rom drive to see that it was engaging but again nothing happened. I also put in a known good stick of ram into the machine and got no beeps. So still no output and the mouse didn't even light up again. Any more thoughts? Thanks..

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    0 Votes
    OH Smeg

    Sounds as if the PS has started going to Silicon Heaven.

    If you are lucky. If not it could be something much worse.

    Remember just because Fan's Run or LED's Flash on doesn't mean that the PS is actually working correctly. The Fan's and LED's only indicate that the 12 V DC Rail have sufficient power to run the fans and so on. It in no way implies that the 5 V DC or 1.3 V DC Rails have any Power or sufficient Current to run the computer.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    Ahh. All-righty, I will check that out. Hopefully I'm just missing a connection somewhere. Thanks.

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    jcwfbi

    So I got it got it working. Turns out there was a second power rail (connection) that the manual never mentioned. I found a connection labeled "ATX PWR 2". Connected a wire to it and presto! Thanks everyone.

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    OH Smeg

    That's called the Supplementary 12 V Lead.

    Most times it's a 4 pin connector but depending on the M'Board it can be a 4, 6 or 8 Pin connector and must be connected so that the system works.

    Col

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    jcwfbi

    Second power rail!
    So I got it got it working. Turns out there was a second power rail (connection) that the manual never mentioned. I found a connection labeled "ATX PWR 2". Connected a wire to it and presto! Thanks everyone.

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    jcwfbi

    Second power rail!
    So I got it got it working. Turns out there was a second power rail (connection) that the manual never mentioned. I found a connection labeled "ATX PWR 2". Connected a wire to it and presto! Thanks everyone.