Does not boot into windows. there is a blinkng amber light , should be blue. Over the weekend the server must have had a hickup. ive tried to swith slots and that does not work . Is it my hard drives, or mother board , or ??? help. Thanks Mark
You must figure out if there is a harddrive controller running the drives. If this is a striped array I suggest calling support. Pulling all drives and it gets through the POST process the board is fine. Do not swap HDD slots unless you suspect a backplane failure. Most modern controllers support drive roaming, but why chance it....(if you have a hotswap bp)
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make sure to 'take ownership' of all files with your Windows 2008 account before transferring. (or your AD account if you guys use AD) note: you can only do this with an adminstrator account. Take Ownership of File or Folder
An Amber blinking power button indicates a low voltage problem. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard.May also be caused by a defective card installed in the motherboard, i.e. video card.
its the cover switch. there is a small push switch on the front panel that detects if the front cover has been removed, either the switch is defective, or the cover is not seating properly to close the switch.
Flashing blue light is harmless - it simply means the Identify button has been pushed. There is a small button with a white, cursive 'i' on the front and back of the server - pressing this will make the light flash blue (or make it stop).
Go to Dell's support site and view the manual for the 1650 for an explanation of the beep code - identify the pattern of the beep.
If you are still able to get to Windows, use OpenManage Server Administrator to check the Hardware logs and RAID array.
I would recommend you boot to your 2000 CD, load the RAID driver for the CERC, and go to Recovery Console and perform a CHKDSK /R and FIXBOOT at the command line. Sounds to me as if Windows has been damaged. Is the power light amber or blue?
Good news, Dell has lifetime phone support for their servers.
Write down the Express Service Code and Service Tag number that is on the server chassis and call Dell.
This is the last number I used for server support: (800) 945-3355
If it doesn't work you should be able to find a valid number at support.dell.com