Okay, have this OLD workstation that was collecting dust in the closet. There are a couple of personal files I THOUGHT I had backed up and would like to retrieve if possible before recycling the computer. The last time I turned it on, several years ago it booted fine. The CMOS battery has died since then and the bios settings have been reset. Installed a new battery and have been tinkering with the bios settings for a couple days trying to get it to boot.
There are 3 hard drives in the system. One is just a storage drive. The other two are setup in RAID0. The OS is on the RAID.
Here is a link to the motherboard manual that shows all of the bios options: http://aliendl.alienware.com/Motherboard/Intel/X2/X2_user_manual_v2_1.pdf
The hard drives are plugged in via SATA connections but there are two IDE ribbon thingies connecting two CD Drives. Also a Floppy drive attached by a ribbon cable. My hunch is that an option is not correctly set with the IDE configurations shown on page 20 but I'm pretty sure I tried all possible settings. Aside from that, I tried researching almost every other bios setting individually briefly but after 50 restarts or so, still nothing. My next guess is the boot information is corrupt on the RAID? I see that there are two RAID options, one built-in to the bios, and another that is accessible by pressing F4 immediately after turning the computer on. Everything looks great in the RAID setup after pressing F4--it's seeing the two drives as a RAID0.
I purchased a Windows XP CD since the computer didn't come with one and tried to access the recovery thing. It will not allow me to enter it saying that it can not find a windows install on the hard drive.
I am unable boot into windows by pressing the "last known working configuration" or whatever it says. After pressing that, or "start windows normally", the windows xp logo and progress bar appear but after 5 seconds or so it goes to this BSOD: 0x0000007B (0xF78AA524, 0x0000034, etc...)
When trying to start in safe mode it hangs briefly at mup.sys and then BSOD's.
The only other clue is that I believe I removed a video acceleration/capture card to sell. Not sure how removing that would affect boot? Also reseated power connections, GPU, and RAM. The two hard drives that make up the RAID are and have been set in the sata_4 and sata_5 connections as shown on the motherboard manual. Have also tried starting without a mouse or keyboard connected and the same BSOD happens.
Anyway, seems like a big mess, no? I know it's probably not worth all of the trouble but I feel like the computer is defeating me. I really want to win this battle, not only to recover files, but to feel some sort of personal worth. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Will you help me feel worthy? Thank you.
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