Hello, first post to this forum. Hoping to tap the collective wisdom on something I have not seen before.
My Dell M6500 black screens from time to time. I power off un-gracefully, then power on and boot normally. Until yesterday, when it stopped booting to any device (except when the HDD is removed).
HDD spins up.
After the POST, I see the Intel Matrix Storage Manager splash with a blinking cursor. And there it sits until I hit the power switch.
As long as the HDD is in either drive bay (this box has two), all attempts to boot from any device fail.
F12 menu loads, but I cannot boot from either a USB (Ubuntu iso) or the optical drive.
No luck in tests with Win7 install disk; Trinity Rescue Kit (3.3 and 3.4); and SpinRite 6.
F12 diagnostics do not load.
The only F12 that works is the BIOS Setup. But no combination of Boot Sequence settings made any difference, including eliminating all but USB and all but ODD.
Here's another twist: When I remove the HDD, I can boot from the USB and optical media listed above, no problem.
The HDD was installed new about 8 months ago. It spins up, so I suspect a possible issue with boot sector or MFT. But I cannot boot from the Win7 install media to get to Bootrec. (I have no guarantee that that would work, but I would at least like the chance to test it.)
What do you all make of this?
Someone else asked here about a very similar problem a while back, but no definitive solution:
Win7 Enterprise, current SP and the updates pushed out by our GPO admins.
Dell Precision M6500
Edited by hamluis, 25 March 2013 - 11:41 AM.
Merged topics - Hamluis.