I have an Acronis tib file that is an image of a workstation with Windows NT 4.0 that is currently in use and I am trying to restore it to a spare computer that is identical in every way(supposedly) except that the original computer has a Quantum Viking II SCSI hard drive and the spare has a Quantum Atlas IV SCSI hard drive. They both use the Adaptec 2940U/UW SCSI controller.
The problem is that when I restore the image to the spare, I get the 0x0000007B stop code with the message, "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE". If I then restore the spare computer's original image, which is Windows 2000, the computer boots up fine. I have tried different versions of the aic78xx.sys, disk.sys, hal.dll, and SCSiPORt.sys files but have had no success. Does anyone know why this is happening to me? As painful as it is, I need to use NT 4.0 for my application. Thanks for any help!
The two SCSI id's are the same and with the NT image, the computer does boot to the boot menu.
It starts to boot up and I get the boot menu where I can choose Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 4.0 VGA. I then pick one (it doesn’t matter which one) and it seems to continue loading Windows where I see “NTDETECT V4.0 Checking Hardware…”, and then I see “OSLoader V4.01…” for several seconds until I get the blue screen of death. Across the top of the BSOD it reads:
I think I'm getting closer to a solution. The spare computer has an Adaptec AHA-2940UW SCSI controller card(as does the original). I've noticed that the BIOS version on the installed SCSI card is 1.33 and I happened to find a spare card in storage that had a BIOS version of 2.00. I tried this SCSI card and my Windows NT image booted up!
Now my new problem is trying to upgrade the firmware on the 1.33 BIOS. I downloaded version 2.20 from Adaptec and ran the flash utility after booting up in a DOS environment, but the utility does not successfully upgrade the BIOS and it remains at 1.33.
I am following the instructions on the readme file and everything seems to be going well but it still doesn't update. Am I missing something?
Could be the eeprom has gone bad and won't store an update. I notice that you can pick up these cards on eBay for $10 or so. I'd be inclined to buy a couple, in the hope that they will either have the latest BIOS or accept an update. I know it's the coward's way out but time is money.