19 Feb 12 12:35
This is a follow-up to my previous post regarding some issues with booting my X3500 - principally that I suddenly cannot boot Windows 2008. Some (concurrent) hardware/firmware issues were solved in my previous post and I am beginning to think this may in fact be a software/Windows issue.
Of course, I could be wrong.
In a nutshell - when I try to boot my X3500, POST is successful but I get a i9990305 "an operating system was not found" error message and indeed Windows doesn't get booted. I tried a lot of hardware things per the previous thread to no avail. The system has been stable for >2 years and I didn't change anything (except for routine Microsoft software maintenence). I'm running Windows 2008 Server R2.
The latest I've tried: I inserted my Win 2008 Server install DVD and tried a system repair. When I got to the screen/panel that asked "select operating system to repair" none were listed. There was a screen prompting me to load drivers (I haven't a clue where to get/import the correct drivers if they aren't already there) but I was able to get to the command prompt and low-and-behold all of my logical drives (e.g. C: D: ...) were there. I could change drives, list files, see dates as being current, ... all appears okay (thereby leading me to think that this isn't a hardware problem). Note that the name/order of the drives have changed (e.g. my system disk - that which should be bootable is now considered the D: disk and a "somewhere down the line" disk is listed as C: in the command prompt world - it's equally non-bootable as it should be).
This isn't a multi-boot system - just one Win2008 system.
The big question (finally): Is there some way to let Win2008 (and my X3500) know that indeed there is a (valid <- it appears to be as such) system to boot and point it in the right direction? I ask in that I'm not that experienced in Win 2008 Server boot logic including how/why to futz with boot records but know enough that it could cause problems if done incorrectly.
Also (version 2 of above question - less ideal but possibly an option): I do have (two copies) of a 'system restore image' (as of Jan 1, 2012 - not current but better than a complete reinstall and reconfiguration of a services). Is there some way to let the Win2008 install know of/find my (good?) installation/location?
Again, thank you very much(!) for your help.