A $3 cure..
After 18 hours of troubleshooting I hope the problem has been found. The mother board
is an Intel D850EMV2L.
Loss of HDD on IDE
Flash screen freeze on boot
Change settings in BIOS but would not take effect
Other strange boogers
After total and multiple fresh installs of 2 different O.S. and long stairs at the monitor
screen (complete with hand gestures), resetting the BIOS, etc. I finally got a chance to see
the screen warning that the CMOS battery was low. Well now I have to check this out,
correct? At 11 o’clock at night I ran down to the local drug store (which is open 24\7)
after being up for 16 hours and bought a $3 watch battery. In this case it is a CR2032.
Note: By this time I am looking pretty ragged which drew the attention of the store
manager because he came up and stood by the female check out attendant while I
purchased the battery. I must have looked like I was going to rob the place.
Going home and taking the massive power in my hand (the battery is 3 V, it must be a
dollar a volt) and placing it into it’s new home I started to tremble as I placed my finger
on the “Power on” button. Well as I gazed in amazement the “CMOS batter low” alert
was still in place. However the computer was starting to act in a normal fashion. This
prompted me to do some more troubleshooting which lead me to updating the BIOS of
both the System board and the RAID controller as well as an updated driver for the
Promise TX2000. After doing so things started to take shape and after some tweaking of the
system now appears to be operating in a normal fashion..
What a day..