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    Smile Think the hard drive just died? Maybe not .)

    Oddest experience today and want to share this finding with other geeks.

    Symptom:
    Lost the keyboard then got the 'blue screen of death' just after.

    Rebooted to see a DOS screen that said: 'Cannot find operating system'

    First reaction:
    Panic!

    2nd thought:
    "I should have backed up."

    So figuring if the hard drive died, I will let it cool in a zip lock in the refrigerator and load up a new drive with a fresh O/S and retrieve the data ASAP.

    Get the new O/S about 99% installed on another drive and I get a black screen, not a boot screen. (I have loaded probably some 80 o/s in my lifetime)

    So reboot the computer to see yet again a DOS screen reading: 'Cannot find operating system'
    (I run a dual Xeon m/b and fear the worst......)

    I go into BIOS and discover an ( ! ) exclamation point where the boot sequence is set for HDD (hard drive)

    Now totally blown away as this happened without any interaction and interaction is required to change a BIOS setting. Or is it??
    The ( ! ) exclamation point is the 'tag' that tells the boot sequence to ignore the HDD.

    Only one thing comes to mind and may be that the battery on the M/B is dying, so eprom is not retaining?

    So I'm back up and running some 3 hours or so later with everything intact.

    1st thing to do:
    Back up the C:\ drive

    If anyone has some opinion as to what happened here, please share as knowledge is power. (and also saves the big bucks...LoL)

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    I would say maybe an interface cable or power connection. I had a similar problem, first time I replaced the IDE cable, and the second I just wiggled the power connector.

    I am looking at purchasing a $250 motherboard, but a dual Xenon board, wow, I would not one of those to fail on me.

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    it sounds like a hw fault to me.

    the bios batteries last a rather long time and i have never seen one go flat in 12 years of being a professional geek.

    i dont think tis memory related because that would jsut blue screen not say the os is misisng or chyange a bios setting.

    is it running the latest bios revision?

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    look at the event viewer in admin tools in the control panel it should give you an idea of what happened

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    Well I got the blue screen several times throughout the night and have the following:

    No loose cables or anything, and nothing in the event page as it probably didn't get a chance to write to it.
    However, the death screen states the following:

    'Problem seems to be caused by the following file 3dl2mp.sys'
    I'm running a 3D Labs Wildcat Realism 200 and went to see if they had a flash bios on the website. The bad news is the site states they are no longer in business. So I guess I'm hooped for any future updates or fixes to the card. Technology sucks some times.

    The other note in the blue screen reads:
    'driver_left_locked_pages_in_process'

    It states to disable caching and shadowing in the bios memory, but for the life of me can't find it.
    Anyone know where or if I should be able to see these settings, or have I missed something.

    Thanks.
    Peter

    P.S.
    I run a dual monitor setup and they are different sizes. One at 19" and one at 17".
    Could this be causing an issue with the Open GL or other? It is v1.5 and have DX v9.0 also.
    Last edited by SideFX; 01-16-2008 at 09:25 AM.

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    like i said, it sounds like a hw issue to me...


    i googled it and got this back

    http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=e...e+Search&meta=

    havew fun reading, try it with another graphics card and see how goes..

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