I am staring at a dead Windows Home Server. And, it appears the latest NVIDIA ForceWare drivers (version 178.24) are to blame.
What happens, is that after installing the latest ForceWare drivers, Windows Home Server doesn’t allow users to log in via the Console and Remote Desktop. Yes, a graphics card update that winds up locking users out of their Home Server.
I’ve confirmed this with another user’s WHS box, but regression is still coming in. I do not know if it is isolated to PCI/AGP/PCIe, or not. My system has a GeForce 6200 PCI card.
Note that you can still physically log into the home server (by plugging in a display, keyboard, and mouse), but reverting the update doesn’t appear to fix the issue. The only resolution we’ve found so far, is to do a dreaded Server Reinstall.
For some reason my Intel 865 integrated graphics is starting to seem like old faithful…
Oh man. I have been experiencing this since October! It hadn’t even occured to me that it could be a graphics driver issue. Wow. Any resolution to this issue?
At this point, the only resolution I can give is to do a Server Reinstall. Then, do not install 178.24 or any version of ForceWare higher than that.
I would suggest using NVIDIA (or LaptopVideo2Go) driver archives to track down an older version.
But, my personal fix is a lot easier… I just removed my GeForce 6200, and went back to my Intel i865 integrated graphics. Actually, I haven’t tested to see if that fixes the problem on its own… you may still need to do a Server Reinstall.
Edit: Some have suggested reverting to older driver versions does indeed work. I’ll check it out and update, hopefully later tonight.
Well, you can forget about an update any time soon. I plugged my Home Server back in, and the PSU exploded on power-up. And, that’s not getting fixed until after Thanksgiving weekend…
Oh man, that’s terrible! Wishing you the best on your system recovery.
I uninstalled the nvidia graphics drivers and was able to log in via Remote Desktop. However, now the connector software can’t see the home server. Man, this is a mess.
I also had the same problems following the Jan 09 WHS updates.
I found a work around using a registry entry from here that should hopefully work for older nVidia cards that can’t use the latest nVidia drivers;
Incidentally, when I removed the registry edit and upgraded my nVidia drivers to the latest version, the registry modification also appeared on my WHS.
Have documented more fully the steps I took here
The first two links in my previous post that don’t appear to work are properly linked to from in the wegotserved forum post.
Alternatively if you use the search term
brad rutkowski + rdpdd.dll failed to load
in google it is the first link found. In Brad’s Server 2003 blog post there is a link to the nVidia post.