Issue with my W2k3 server after SP1 installation

The server is booting till the w2k3 boot screen then it resets and reboot
in a loop.
Booting in safe mode ends with the same effect. When I boot in safe mode
I can see that the last thing that is loaded is acpitabl.dat
So I went to the BIOS and configured the BIOS with setting saying that the
OS is not ACPI. Now when I reboot I get the DOS progress bar before the W2K3
booting logo and it locks at the end of the progress bar.

I would really appreciate some help. Thanks.

43 Comments

  • Laurent -

    We have a Groove Space that's examining W2K3 Server (w/SP1) and GVO installation. I'll send you an invitation to the space.



    SBC

  • Thanks, I run Groove then :)

  • Dell has some servers with driver incompatibilities -- at least that's the story my admin tells me when he had to rebuild two machines this weekend after installing SP1. :(

  • I had the same issue. It had to do with the BlackIce firewall I installed on it. Even though the Windows 2003 SP1 firewall was not started, BlackIce (or SP1) made sure I'd never see a login screen. In Safe mode I disabled BlackIce. No more issues after that and I quickly removed BlackIce (since it's not supported for Win2003 anyway).

  • Paul: Thanks dor the hint. I guess I can change my mother board then :(



    Sander: Thanks, but I can't even boot in safe mode

  • I had a similar problem with an IBM X365 that hung on reboot at this point. It turned out to be a compatibility problem with Hyper-Threading and 2003 SP1. I disabled Hyper-threading in the BIOS and the server booted OK.



  • G Robertson: Thanks for the feedback. I don't have hyper threading, my server is an "old" machine with athlon xp 1800. But I am currently investigating the ACPI, I disabled the service at startup, and in the bios, but it is even worth... :-( HELP

  • Similar problem .. Intel serverboard - dynamic boot drives are trashed and hangs at alpitabl.dat

  • I have several IBM x365's. I was able to fix one by installing the new version 1.12 firmware upgrade. The other keeps rebooting after it hangs on acpitabl.dat. This sux!

  • Same problem, took Emulex HBA out and was able to boot into windows. uninstalling sp-1 now.

  • uninstalled sp1 and updated the emulex driver, reinstalled sp1. working fine now.

  • What version is your updated Emulex driver??

  • I too have this problem with an old Compaq test machine. I get a Ox000007E blue screen, and when attempting a safe mode boot the last command to run is the attempt to parse acpitabl.dat. The BIOS does not provide for changing ACPI settings but it works fine on 2K3 RTM - only when upgrading to SP1 does the problem arrise. Any suggestions welcome.



    Sincerely



    Colin (cwillies@free.fr)

  • Emulex Storport Miniport Driver 5.1.3.9 11/30/2004

  • One of my W2k3 servers (enterprise edition) hangs on the acpitabl.dat file and will not start after installing SP1. Two other W2k3 servers are not experiencing the issue.

  • I have the same problem with an IBM x365. I update the firmware version after I've installed SP1. Reinstalling the SP1 would resove it

    Thanks

  • G. Robertson: Thanks for the info. We upgraded 5 x365's and they all had the same problem. Turning off Hyperthreading did the trick.

  • I've the same problem, but i identify that when i start the sistem with the instalation cd's there's no problem to start the system, but when i start whithout the cd the system doesn't start ... now i'm working on solve this problem

  • Many thanks for the hints. I had the same problem on IBM 365 servers... I disabled the hyperthreading now.

  • I think my problem is with emulex!

    Jian says took emulex HBA out... but how??

  • Turning off the HyperThreading did the trick on my x365's. IBM released a ServeRAID FW and Bios update that did not work.

  • open your CPU box and physically remove HBA card. I know that it's pain.

  • I had the same issue on my MSI K7D Master-L (MS-6501) mortherboard. I had rebooted since SP1 without issues until today when it started to hang. I also experienced the problem of safe mode hanging at acpitabl.dat. I had the most recent bios update, so that couldn’t help me. I tried disabling ACPI, but that threw my server into a continuous reboot cycle (because the OS was installed with ACPI enabled and expected it to be there).



    What worked for me was to change my ACPI settings from “S1 POS” to “S1 & S3”. I did not experiment further to see if just “S3” would have worked since I chose not to break what was working. I did boot the first time into safe mode just to be safe (which the OS did pause for a couple of seconds on loading acpitabl.dat, but it did not hang there for long). This may not work for everyone, but it seems to have worked for me.

  • We have Dell 1750s with Hyperthreading and Emulex HBAs. Disabling Hyperthreading did NOT help, but popping out the HBA did. Once that was out we could uninstall SP1 and then we were back in business.


  • After installing the SP1 for windows 2003 OS I get the error below, have any idea what I need to get the firewall started...



    Windows Firewall can not run because another program or service os running that might use the network address translation component (Ipnat.sys)

  • The problem is the "updated" update.sys file.

    Use the Recovery Console to copy RTM file from Win2k3 CD to c:\windows\system\drivers and c:\windows\system\dllcache and boot again your server.

  • You guys saved my life!! Got rid of the stupid HBA and my dc boots again ... if any of you live near Brisbane Australia, I owe you multiple beers :-D

  • I get the blue screen with the following message.
    xxx stop: 0x000007E (0xcooooo5, 0xF5F21BB6, 0xF898965c, 0xF898935c I did not start getting this problem until I started using D-link wireless internet connection. Not very good with the computers, perhaps someone can be of some assistance. Thank you.

  • My external USB CD-ROM was the problem!!!!
    I disconnected it and Windows booted successfully.:)

  • Brilliant - thanks all - deleting the update.sys file and replacing with the RTM version worked magic !

    All systems back online :)

  • hello- i cannot find the update.sys file on the windows server 2003 cd, how do i replace the file?
    thanks

  • After installing Crystal Reports Server 11, my 2K3 would freeze at the splash screen, or at the acpitabl.dat file when trying in safe mode. The server is a Dell PE-1850. I tried a few things like updating the BIOS and 2K3 repair, but in the end, I let it sit on the spalsh screen for 20-30 minutes and it worked itself out!

  • After installing Crystal Reports Server 11, my 2K3 would freeze at the splash screen, or at the acpitabl.dat file when trying in safe mode. The server is a Dell PE-1850. I tried a few things like updating the BIOS and 2K3 repair, but in the end, I let it sit on the spalsh screen for 20-30 minutes and it worked itself out!

  • I took G Robertson's advice (see above) for this and it worked. My x365 had HT enabled. Disabled HT and it then booted up fine.

  • I can not believe that they release this service pack with the alpitabl.dat issue. It was very irresponsible. Thank you guys for finding a way to fix someone else's f*ck up.

  • I have a dell poweredge 2500. No server cd, running server 2k3. It just keeps restarting even in safe mode! What do I do?!

  • I disabled HT in the BIOS and this allowed us to boot to Safe Mode as well.

  • nothing is working.. bios is updated... cant disable hyperthreading.. trying update.sys with no avail.. i hate MS but they got me on lock

  • nothing is working.. bios is updated... cant disable hyperthreading.. trying update.sys with no avail.. i hate MS but they got me on lock

  • In our case it was a SAN/Fiber-attached tape library issue. We noticed that the server would loop at the Windows splash screen or hang on acpitabl.dat in safe mode boot. When we disconnected the fiber from the server's HBA's, it would boot up normally. We powered the library down, reconnected the fiber to the HBA's and the server was able to boot up properly. We hypothesize the library was in some funky state and Windows OS was hanging on the bootup portion where it would try to connect to the library's tape drives (which it was zoned in for via fiber).

  • Hi Grant E.

    Found your report on your fix and I had the same problem which kept me busy and scratching my but for about 7 hours. Disconnected the tape library and Voila.

    Thanks very much.

  • Thanks so much.
    have just recovered a windows2003 domain controller using BATCH spuninst.txt and it worked perfectly.

    The server is back.... thanks again

    Kent

  • The server is a Dell PE-1850. I tried a few things like updating the BIOS and 2K3 repair, but in the end, I let it sit on the spalsh screen for 20-30 minutes and it worked itself out!

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