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  • Need Help With Dell Desktop RAID Problem?

    Extended family member brought me a Dell DV051 desktop that would give Dell splash, but then display the following:

    loading pbr for descriptor 1 done

    and go no further. It doesn't hard lock, I can ctl+alt+delete and reboot, but it never gets from 'loading pbr for descriptor 1 done' to Windows load.

    PC is running WinXP MCE and has 2 80GB SATA drives in RAID 1. I wanted to boot into the recovery console to try fixmbr, but the recovery console doesn't see a hard drive.

    Onboard Dell diagnostics show RAM, Mo'bo, and HDD's all good. I can boot into Linux and see all things on the drives.

    Any suggestions to getting this machine to boot?
    When you girls are done kissing, I've got some asskicking for you!

  • #2
    Have you tried resetting CMOS settings to factory default?

    Did you check the drive mode, whether it be SATA, AHCI or other?

    Is it possible to boot from a boot CD, boot floppy, or boot USB stick?

    If you can boot one of those, have you tried upgrading the BIOS?
    Where's my redeemer? INCOMING! I'M HIT! I'MA COMIN' BACK!
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    I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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    • #3
      1. Will try resetting CMOS.
      2. Set for SATA.
      3. Can boot from CD and USB(booted Winxp setup CD also Linux live on USB stick.
      4. Will try updating BIOS if 1. doesn't work.

      Thanks for suggestions - will report back after work.
      When you girls are done kissing, I've got some asskicking for you!

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      • #4
        Word. If it won't see a drive, could be that the drive array is corrupted or BIOS isn't configured correctly. Is there a hotkey you can press at boot like ALT+F2 (you should be prompted just after BIOS POST completes) to enter RAID management utility? If yes, can you enter the BIOS mgmt. utility and see if the drives are seen?
        Where's my redeemer? INCOMING! I'M HIT! I'MA COMIN' BACK!
        Originally posted by Ranshackle
        I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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        • #5
          Drives are seen in BIOS and am able to bring up Intel Matrix Storage and see both drives. Reset CMOS and still getting same result. Will look for BIOS update now...
          When you girls are done kissing, I've got some asskicking for you!

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          • #6
            Actually, I figured that "BR" was boot record, and I found this:

            http://support.dell.com/support/topi...&isLegacy=true

            See:

            http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/dsrcheck.shtml

            That may help. This isn't at the BIOS level, this is at the disk/partition level.
            Where's my redeemer? INCOMING! I'M HIT! I'MA COMIN' BACK!
            Originally posted by Ranshackle
            I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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            • #7
              Any followup on this, homey?
              Where's my redeemer? INCOMING! I'M HIT! I'MA COMIN' BACK!
              Originally posted by Ranshackle
              I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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              • #8
                I had seen the second link you sent from my own Google searches. So far, nothing allowing me to boot the PC as is. I have a week or 2 until they are back in town. This is one of those situations where a 'quick' reformat and reinstall would be great, but they don't have the restore disks that came with the PC. I have a few XP keys that TBH would likely make them happy. I know you were reticent in the past to wipe a Windows install, but in this case, I think it may be the simplest way to get them what they want.
                When you girls are done kissing, I've got some asskicking for you!

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