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Can't boot to SCSI after killing CMOS

By ksreid ·
I had to use killcmos utility on a server that someone had set a password and left without informing anyone of the password. I had intended to format the HD's and start over, but now Winnt 4.0 server won't install. It acts as if it is going to work (format, initial setup files, seem to work) but when the system reboots, it gives a missing os error. It seems that I have lost some space due to the scsi misreporting one of my drives. How can I get this back to a place where everything works okagain???!!

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by The Bear In reply to Can't boot to SCSI after ...

Hi,

First are the drives in a raid aray?

You may have lost the control setup for the raid controler. Some systems (Compaq for example)require the system cmos to be configured and the configuation of the drive controler before installing the os. Check the documentation of your system for this info. If you don't have that software, you should be able to get it from the manufature's web site.

Before installing NT use a good old fashion DOS boot disk and remove and reinstall the partitions on the drive that will be the boot drive.

Hope this helps,
Good Luck

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by ksreid In reply to Can't boot to SCSI after ...

Bears suggestions got me a little further. Now it will start to do nt hardware detect and then give a ntdetect failed error. I only get this far when I try to install on a fat16 partition. NTFS won't work at all (NTLoader not found ???)

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by ksreid In reply to Can't boot to SCSI after ...

I forgot to mention that I am not running a raid array. This is just a small server that needs to be running. This is a school situation and needs to be working. The exact error I get now, with a fat16 partition, is;
NTDETECT V4.0 Checking Hardware...
NTDETECT failed

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by ksreid In reply to Can't boot to SCSI after ...

I decided to try something different to see if it was a hardware problem. I wiped the drives and went with a 98 install.

I was having trouble booting to the cdrom with my nt server cd. Win 98 worked great booting from the cd rom. It installed ok and the hardware all works fine.

I guess that it's a software problem with NT but I can't figure out what or where it is...
I've tried installing and uninstalling, formatting and reformatting, I even tried low level formatting.

When I use the boot disks, as well as a new set of boot disks, it seems to be installing fine. when it reboots to continue installation, the system halts on the error mentioned before. I've changed cmos setting and scsi settings, only to set them back when it didn't work. I'm stumped. Any help is appreciated.

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by ksreid In reply to Can't boot to SCSI after ...

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by ksreid In reply to Can't boot to SCSI after ...

Thanks for all your help...(sarcasm) I even increased the points, show that this sucks worse than I thought

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